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Alex Somos

Source: Dictionary.com

The word “unfulfilled” isn’t a pretty one: it can speak to an internal emptiness, or an itch that just cannot be scratched. In other words, it’s often looked at as something negative.

But, if you think about it in a more positive light, you could also look at being unfulfilled as an intense and powerful motivator.

Here’s what I mean. If you are at all in touch with your feelings and aware of a longing inside of you, being unfulfilled can actually drive you to:

  • look around you,
  • take stock of your situation, and
  • measure yourself against whatever you wish to accomplish, but haven’t (yet).

You may be wondering: “How can feeling unfulfilled do anything but overwhelm me and bring me down?”

The trick is to balance any feelings of unfulfillment with appreciation and gratitude: to contextualize yourself inside a larger story, see what you have already done, and consider what you have already accomplished.

If you are wise, you can sit in middle of the tension between unfulfillment and gratitude, and marshal the energy of both feelings towards your greater good.

I have found in my life that as I lean into the word and feeling of being unfulfilled, many positive changes have occurred—both personal and professional.

As an example, we have just reached a milestone at Juice: our 10-year anniversary! And as I thought about that, I realized that I was feeling unfulfilled with the scope and magnitude of the impact I had hoped we could have had on the world.

That said, we are insanely passionate about our mission and vision at Juice. I recognized that our dream is a big dream, one that cannot be easily attained. I then began to think about the real-life impact we have had on people—and I was filled with a sense of gratitude for the privilege it has been to see those personal and business transformations.

I am now more motivated than before to reach again for that dream, and over the next ten years make it more of a reality.

The next time you feel powerless to attain your dreams, look at your feelings not as a deterrent, but a powerful force to drive you there.

Who knows: by turning negative emotions on their head, you just may be able to change the very definition of unfulfilled!

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