Enjoying the process of life
In yesterday’s post Recognizing Your Personal Weaknesses, I talked about just that – the importance of recognizing your personal weaknesses and how to overcome them. As I reread the article for a second time, one line in particular jumped out and caught my attention. “Nothing worth having in life comes easy, and nothing that comes easy in life is worth having.” This line really got me thinking about my life, and life in general. It brought up a question in my head that I wanted to ask you. Are you enjoying the process of life, or are you simply just waiting to see the outcome?
For me, this question was particularly hard to answer. A few months ago, I would have answered it by saying that I was more excited to see the outcome in life. Over the last few months though, I have really started to focus on positivity and pursuing my dreams in life. In experiencing this, I can now comfortably say that I am enjoying the process of life more than the desire to see the outcome. I am enjoying the daily challenge of becoming the best version of me that I can possibly be. This is what life is all about.
The main reason that I was so focused on the outcome was so that I could show everybody I made it. All of the kids who teased me in high school, to all of the people who have ever doubted me, all I wanted to prove to them that I was better than they told me I was. I wanted to take my success, walk right up to them, and basically say screw you. Unfortunately for me, I was just focused on getting their attention… I wasn’t focusing on enjoying the process of life and seeing myself grow as a human being. I was wanting to have a social status to define my self worth. While I was spending my life trying to please others, they were busy living their life and actually enjoying it.
While I still do want to be successful in my life, I no longer define being successful as having money, or fame, or popularity. To me, success is about enjoying life for the blessing that it is. It is about being happy, and helping as many people as you can. I don’t want to go through the days just thinking about what the outcome of my life will be, I want to create my own outcome and make it the best that I can make it. I want to do whatever it takes to create a better life for not only myself, but for everyone. That is how I see success.
See, when we get so caught up in the outcome, we forget to live for the present moment. All of our life is being blinded by an outcome that we don’t always have a say in. We think that our dreams are going to miraculously come with time, and we forget to work towards them every day that we are alive. Don’t get me wrong, your dreams are going to take time to pan out. They are also going to take a lot of hard work and dedication. Nothing worth having is life comes easy, and nothing that comes easy in life is worth having. If we don’t work for our dreams harder than we have ever worked for anything, they will never become a reality.
Use the world’s best athletes for example. Do you really think that they achieved their dreams overnight? Steph Curry didn’t become one of the best three point shooters in the NBA overnight. He wasn’t even drafted top 10 in his draft class. Nobody knew the amount of records that he was going to break. What got him to where he is today is with hard work, dedication, and by enjoying the process of becoming better. If he didn’t enjoy the process so much, his game would not be where it is today.
The same goes with Tiger Woods. Tiger didn’t just wake up one day and was instantly the best golfer in history. Tiger spent hours on the range as a kid hitting shot after shot. He did everything in his power to be the best golfer that he could be. Were there golfers that were better than him? Well maybe when he was younger. But because he pushed himself every single day and enjoyed the process of becoming better, he became better. He let his passion and dedication control his outcome.
Enjoying the process of life is something that we all need to do a better job of. We are living the greatest gift ever. Don’t wish to see the outcome and forget to live the time that it takes to achieve it. Instead, focus on the growth that it takes to achieve that outcome and be proud. If dreams were meant to be easy to achieve, what would motivate us to even get out of bed in the morning? When they are easy to achieve, it takes away from the reward. Now I don’t know about you, but I want to be known as someone who worked for their dreams, someone who worked to overcome obstacles, and someone who worked to be a better person.
Learn to focus on yourself and on the present moment, not on the outcome. Control only what you can control and enjoy the process. Once we start enjoying the process of life and recognizing every little accomplishment that we have achieved, then we are able to build on that accomplishment and pursue the next steps in our lives. Being happy and successful comes down to being the best that you can be. Work hard, follow your dreams, and never give up. Most importantly, make sure that you are enjoying the process of life.
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