To Progress, First You Must Learn To Love The Process

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My goal the past year has to become self-employed and live off the revenue I earn from my website.

To say it’s been a struggle would be an understatement.

I’ve had to juggle working on my site with working in my ‘real’ job. Finding time hasn’t been an issue.

I have found it difficult at times to find the necessary motivation to push myself to work on my site when I don’t want to.

There are times when I would like to press fast-forward on life and get to the point where I’m surviving on the money earned from my site alone.

But, that would be to miss the point.

The journey to get to where I want to be has almost been more rewarding than I imagine reaching the final destination will be.

I relate to this to my travels, especially the numerous road trips I did.

Majority of the time I enjoyed the actual journey than the destination itself.

There is something satisfying about making your way to a place. Seeing all the landmarks as you pass by.

In comparison, the destination can often flatter to deceive in relation to the journey you have undertaken to get there.

This was often the case when I was backpacking in New Zealand!

To get anywhere in life, first, we must learn to love the journey.

The Journey Is The Destination

“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about the destination” — Drake

One problem with the human race is that we are always in a rush to get where we want to go.

Whether it’s travelling by car to work, on a plane to our holiday destination, or walking home, we want to get there as fast as we can.

While there are many reasons for this, there are many reasons not to do this.

When we forget to embrace the moment and pine for our destination we neglect to see the beauty that is all around us.

I would love to be self-employed and never have to go into my ‘real’ job again, nothing would make me happier.

But, I also love the process of getting to this point. There is a buzz attached to watching the readership of your site increase and the revenue streams increasing as a result.

There is also the issue of what I do once I reach my destination. Would I be able to motivate myself once I am only accountable to myself?

These are questions I am yet to contemplate, but as my destination nears, I will start doing so.

If I fast-forwarded without undergoing the learning process that I have over the past few months, I would not be able to thrive when I do become self-employed.

The journey and the destination are intrinsically linked together. As much as we would like to shorten the journey, that is where true development and learning takes place.

Without it, you will fail to reach your destination and succeed.

You cannot have one without the other.

Love The Process

“Fall in love with the process, and the results will come.” — Eric Thomas

Without realising it, our entire lives have been one long process.

From school to university, to our current jobs, many of us will have unrealised goals.

We are all still a part of the process.

This is the beauty of life, no matter how old you are, there is always something to learn.

Always.

The process can be tedious at times, it can be disheartening. But when you add up all those hours spent working on your craft, honing your skills, they add up into quantifiable progress.

You will be better as a result of putting yourself through the process.

There are very few of us who can pick up a new skill and master it in a short period of time.

They are outliers.

For the rest of us, we have to devote ourselves to the process of improvement and trust that we will reach our destinations despite the inevitable bumps along the way.

Embracing the process is how we find out ourselves.

We discover how hard we can push ourselves.

We learn how much pain we are willing to take.

We lean what are limits are.

The price of progress is the process is takes to get there, but it’s worth it in the long run.

After all, you learn more from the bumps in the road, than you do from a smooth passage.

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