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Enjoy The Process

"Sometimes we want the result without appreciating the process." These are the words I heard as I listened to personal development, which is something I personally do daily in one form or another as one of my success rituals. This resonated with me, because I know there have been times in my life where I've wanted something so bad that I just had to have it right now. Regardless of what it was, there was always a process that took place to get from Point A to Point B.

I think it's safe to say that no matter where we are in life and no matter how happy we are currently, there's always something more that we want. There's nothing wrong with wanting to do, have, and become more. However, it seems as though we get so focused on the result that we forget to appreciate the process it takes to get there. It's never about the goal, but who you become in pursuit of the goal that makes it all worth it.

Let's think of some common goals here for a moment: a new body, a new house, a new car, a new relationship, or even a newborn child. The result is the outcome, of course, but what about the process? The process, then, is what it takes to achieve those desired results. Some people see someone with insane fitness results and want to achieve a similar goal, but they don't want to put in the time and effort it took to get there. It takes action, consistency, and definitely patience. Most people wouldn't set out to give life to a new baby and treat the process as a burden, they would enjoy the passion and the love that goes into it. Make it fun, enjoy the process.

This reminds me of the same concept behind the myth of an "overnight success." I have never, ever, at any point in my life seen anyone or any business that became an overnight success. It took hard work, consistency, and endurance to get to that point, but most people didn't see all of that while it was happening. It's easy to just focus on the end result, like a celebrity that seemingly came out of nowhere, but I guarantee they've been working at it for quite some time to get where they are. They were patient.

With all things good or bad, it's safe to say that we reap what we sow in life. We are 100% responsible for the quality of our lives and there's power in that. When it comes to getting results, there is nobody that should claim responsibility for it but ourselves. I love knowing that whether I win or lose, I get to take credit for it. If I fail at something, I like knowing that it was my responsibility and I can do better next time. This is important because sometimes we as humans want to take all the credit when we get a result, but want to accept none of it when we fall short.

We have the opportunity to take on the challenge of accepting responsibility and enjoying the journey along the way, because that's really what gives value to the end result. It's safe to say that if you want something bad enough, you will find a way, but there's a passion that drives you through any obstacle that comes in your path. The hard part is having fun during the process, or at the very least, appreciating the process. It's not a burden, but rather a path of stepping stones to get you to your result and that's pretty exciting.

Think of it as if you're a kid taking a trip to Disney World, with the result being the destination and the process being the ride there. That whole ride there you're going to be excited, anxious, and impatiently awaiting your arrival ("are we there yet?"). You may go through a roller coaster of emotion and feelings ranging from happy, sad, bored, excited, impatient, wonder, amazement, tired, etc. Often times, the ride there won't be 100% fun 100% of the time, but you can try and play games or sing along with the radio blasting to pass the time. You do everything you can to make it fun, to enjoy the process, because you know you're going to enjoy the end result once you get there. Why not do the same in life?

Give love and breathe life into anything that you do. Go after your goals and dreams in a way that only you can. Choose the big, scary, monstrous goals that make you question if it's possible, because those are the goals that mold you into something greater that what you thought was in the realm of possibility. Keep the faith, be patient, and work hard while you enjoy the process. The journey is your story and your story is worth telling, so make it a fun one! Be a character, live with character.

"Fall in love with the process, and the results will come." ~Eric Thomas

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