“Why to Embrace the Process”

Success comes from embracing the process and the day-to-day growth, which inevitably comes with the territory. Some days are good, some days are bad. Some days seem like we’re only months away from a break through, and other days we’re on the verge of giving up. I get the process can be exhausting. But it’s also part of the fun. When you learn to channel your energy properly – don’t get too low on bad days, don’t get too high on good days – you realize a dream doesn’t happen overnight, nor would it be as rewarding if it did. You realize these ups and downs are part of the journey, and that they always provide a useful perspective shift and are great confidence builders.

The challenges we face force us to problem solve, find other like-minded passionate people to connect with and develop the grit we need to eventually prosper to the levels we seek. Without the unavoidable process (i.e. the losses, hurdles and lessons) we lose our creativity, focus, and determined vision: aspects that make the pursuit of the quest most enjoyable.

As Benjamin Hoff writes,

“The Christmas presents once opened are Not So Much Fun as they were while we were in the process of examining, lifting, shaking, thinking about, and opening them. Three hundred sixty-five days later, we try again and find that the same thing has happened. Each time the goal is reached, it becomes Not So Much Fun, and we’re off to reach the next one, then the next one, then the next.

That doesn’t mean that the goals we have don’t count. They do, mostly because they cause us to go through the process and it’s the process that makes us wise, happy, or whatever. If we do things in the wrong sort of way, it makes us miserable, angry, confused, and things like that. The goal has to be right for us, and it has to be beneficial, in order to ensure a beneficial process. But aside from that, it’s really the process that’s important.”
― Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

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