This quote has been expressed in many different ways. There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way, and more. In fact, I think that one could express the whole thing this way: There is no way to ______. _______ is the way.
I just finished Jim Rohn’s great audio program from the 1990’s, The Power of Ambition. In that audio, he said (my paraphrasing) the above sentiment this way: If you were to win or inherit a million dollars, to keep it, you need to become a millionaire. Another way of saying the same thing is to say, to get a million dollars, become a millionaire. The millionaire will know how to create more, invest well, serve more, whereas the non-millionaire will have more to spend until they are a thousandaire, or maybe a hundredaire.
Jim Rohn shared this to make it even more clear: “The most important question to ask on the job is not “What am I getting?” The most important question to ask is “What am I becoming?” Maybe we could express it this way: There is no way to become. Becoming is the way.
Whatever is our desire, we first must become that in order to have that become us. What kind of person do we need to become in order to be that, have that, experience that?
Effort is overrated. It certainly can be important in the overall scheme of things, but the most important thing is to be there in our minds first. The effort then will mean something, be valuable. Otherwise, it is just unfocused movement.
If we want to become a great writer, we must become that great writer in our mind first. If we want to become wealthy, we must first become wealthy in our mind. If we want to own our own successful business, we must first experience that in our mind. Whatever it is that we desire, we need to become that first in our mind.
“What You Become Directly Influences What You Get.” — Jim Rohn
Spread Some Joy Today–by becoming joyful. There is no way to joy. Joy is the way.