In this industry, heck, in this life, we are results oriented. We want that thing and we want it now. We want it now because that way we can post about it and receive praise and validation for obtaining that thing. We care about racking up those credits so we can show that we are worthy for that next achievement.
Well, my friends, I’m here to tell you the key to a happy life and prosperous career is not a results oriented game. It’s understanding that the process is the achievement.
Process. Process is not sexy. Process is not easy. Process is not “post worthy”.
You don’t see people writing on Facebook “Yes, still grinding away!” No. Process has become so forgotten. We are always trying to find ways to side step process so we can get that result.
Patience is also a fleeting quality. I say this being one of the most impatient people I know. Patience really is a virtue. Process takes a tremendous amount of patience. It is a slow, grueling game.
Patience tests your faith in the process. We often start out our processes with great energy and ambition. Then time passes. That energy fades. Doubt seeps into our process. Our patience wears thin. This is where that quote “trust the process” comes into play.
When my patience starts to diminish, I dig deeper into my process. Of course there’s a period of time when I’m kicking and screaming at why things aren’t moving at the pace I would like. But once I realize that’s gotten me nowhere, I need to do something to pass the time. Process. It makes you better.
Process takes humility. Simple as that.
Once that ego strips away, we have clear eyes to see where there may be holes in our process. We can see where our weaknesses are and focus on strengthening them.
Humility opens up our opportunities for education. We no longer say to ourselves “Oh, I don’t need to learn that. I know that already.” Instead, we take the time to dig deeper into something we think we know. I guarantee you, you will learn something.