Focus on the Process, Not the Result

My partner and I were inspired to start our business after working traditional jobs that left us feeling bored and listless. We agreed that working for ourselves would better position us for success, as we’d be more motivated to work harder and improve our skill sets for the sake of the company.

We knew that starting a business would be tricky. We knew it’d be time consuming and costly. We knew we didn’t know exactly what we were doing, but we believed the results of our efforts would pay off.

We purchased the assets we needed to get the company going. We set up our LLC. We hired a contractor to turn our shell into a functional establishment. And then, just as quickly as the excitement came, it went away. Reality set in, and all of a sudden we were left with a business license and a lot of money on the line without really knowing what was next. A couple of months went by without either of us really doing anything, and only recently have we gotten back on track.

Isn’t this the case with a lot of things in life— giving up on goals (indefinitely or otherwise) when we don’t see immediate results of our efforts? Isn’t it easy to get impatient when what is coming our way isn’t coming fast enough?

We’re so conditioned to expect immediate results that when things take longer than we want or expect, we get frustrated and give up. In our fast-paced society, we have time to wait for two-day Amazon shipping or 24 hours for an email response, but anything more tests our patience. Usually, though, what takes time is usually worth the wait, which is why it’s so important to adjust our mindset.

We have to learn to focus on the process instead of the anticipated results. It’s the only way we can ensure we’re doing our best work on a day to day basis.

The moment you start to pay attention to where you are instead of where you want to be, you cease giving attention to the distractions that keep you from getting there. That’s how the process works. When you’re focused on the present moment, you’re in a position to see what’s a waste of time and less preoccupied with what you haven’t done yet because you’re tuned into what you’re actually doing. Success is only achieved through flawless, focused effort.

When you’re focused on the process, you’ll find a way to enjoy it. It will become part of your routine, and by incorporating it into your day to day life, you’ll find a way to make it work, the same as you do going to the gas station or taking vitamins. Focus on the process will allow you to engage on a deeper level with the present, which will allow you to develop your skill set and learn from your mistakes.

The moment you realize that whether you achieve your goal or not is entirely up to you is the moment in which you hand over the keys of building your self-confidence from someone else and place them into your own hands. You’ll worry less about the future because you’ll know you’ll be happy regardless of the outcome of any given situation.

Being unattached to a specific outcome means you won’t be needy or get upset when things don’t go or happen as quickly as you’d hoped. Results that are earned by means of shortcuts are taken for granted, but when we take the time to put in the work and pay attention to what we have to do to move even one step closer to the goal, we appreciate the results infinitely more.

Nothing makes you appreciate anything more than working and earning it, no matter how much we want to believe otherwise. And it’s in the process, not the result, that the work is done.

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