“If you do [a] job in a principled way, with diligence, energy and patience, if you keep yourself free of distractions, and keep the spirit inside you undamaged, as if you might have to give it back at any moment— If you can embrace this without fear or expectation—can find fulfillment in what you’re doing now, as Nature intended, and in superhuman truthfulness (every word, every utterance)—then your life will be happy. No one can prevent that.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
The last two sentences of this quote “then your life will be happy. No one can prevent that.” are the topic of this post. So often when we set goals, we are so caught up in the expectation of results, that we forget about the process.
I would argue that the PROCESS is more important than the RESULTS! Why would I make that claim? Am I saying that the result you are looking for isn’t important?
Of course not! I know your goal is important to you. No matter what you are striving for, be it losing weight, getting fit, feeling better or younger, looking better in your bikini, etc., the results are important.
BUT THEY AREN’T NEAR AS IMPORTANT AS THE PROCESS!
The process, or in other words, the journey to achieve the results, is the most important part. Why? Because the process is what changes you!
Your old habits and rituals are what got you into the shape you are in currently. So, by definition, if you are trying to achieve a new goal, then it means that some part of you isn’t what you’d like it to be. You earned that current state by your current habits!
THE PROCESS IS WHAT CHANGES THOSE DESTRUCTIVE HABITS!!
What I am saying is simple. Try to be excited about the process of change. Not only will it make changing easier to handle, but it will almost assuredly get you to to your goal faster!
Give it a try…focus on the process and watch your goals come into view faster!
“If you embrace this without fear or expectation-can find fulfillment in what you’re doing now, as Nature intended…then your life will be happy.”