Enjoy The Process While Focusing On The Outcome
When a magical idea knocks on our door, we want to run down the path of mastery to fame and success. We want to arrive at the top immediately to maintain an image for the world to see. We become obsessed with the end goal. We forget that the structure we’re building requires a secure foundation.
Success is not a beautifully wrapped package delivered to our doorstep. It comprises little steps stacked against each other, creating the perfect pathway that eventually leads to our destination.
On my journey toward success, sometimes I lose sight of this fundamental truth. I forget that the big picture comprises many individual strokes that come together to create the masterpiece. Each stroke by itself may represent nothing significant, but together they tell a story.
When all I see is how big the mountain is in front of me and how high I need to climb, I become overwhelmed. I can’t help but think about the distance between where I am and where I want to be. The thought of enduring that feeling of discomfort becomes unbearable sometimes.
I’m familiar with the quote that says ‘Enjoy the process and forget about the outcome.’ But wait! If my focus is not on the outcome, why should I bother to grind every day?
I’m familiar with the quote that says ‘Enjoy the process and forget about the outcome.’ But wait! If my focus is not on the outcome, why should I bother to grind every day? What is motivating me to keep showing up? Why should I invest my time and energy if all I do is for the sake of enjoying the process? I want to know that my hard work pays off. I’m in it to win.
Don’t lose sight of the outcome
For me, the result is crucial. Isn’t that the reason we celebrate milestone achievements and use that to propel us forward? Those small wins matter — a lot. It blows my mind when people tell me to enjoy the process and forget the outcome. Don’t they realize the destination is just one spot, and the process is, well, a million tiny dots that connect the beginning and the end? Those dots can feel like an eternity.
Let me be real here. I don’t get to leap from one fluffy white cloud to another in a perpetual motion until I arrive at my castle. That’s not possible. Some days I’ll be good. Other days I’ll be at the bottom of the pit.
Building a creative dream isn’t always smooth sailing, and passion alone will not sustain me. It’s especially true when I’ve put in so much and not seeing the results I wanted. I wonder, what is the point?
I believe the outcome is just as important. It reminds me that when my passion wanes and I’m in a slump, I’m not wasting my time pressing through but paving the path to where I’m going.
One day, one week, one month — overtime, everything in life compounds, no matter how small.