Why The Journey Is More Rewarding Than The End Result
When we decide to set a goal, it is so easy to become focused on that end result, that we forget to celebrate the journey along the way. We think that success, or happiness, lies within that result, but perhaps that actually comes from an accumulation of wonderful moments created during the journey. These moments should be acknowledged and celebrated exactly for what they are, rather than glossed over as a mere stepping stone to your goal.
Think about a goal you have had in the past – maybe related to fitness, or studying or creativity. How long did it take you to reach your goal? Months, years? That’s a long time to stay focused without a little party along the way! How many times did you need to take a leap of faith and do something outside your comfort zone in order to up level your experience? That shit almost needs balloon and streamers! How many people did you meet along the way that encouraged you, supported you or taught you something – good or otherwise? I bet there have been a few! How about ‘failure’ – how many times did you fall and get back up again? For the record, I don’t believe in failure, only feedback and lessons! Every one of these things took patience and courage. Every one of these things deserves to be celebrated.
Sure, finally zipping up that dress that has taken you two years to fit into deserves one hell of a celebration – you did it! But how about a round of applause for every time you rose before the sun did so you could get to the gym and move your body? Dedication my friend – celebrate it! How about a round of applause for the woman who always seemed to be driving into the parking lot as you were driving out, but thanks to you changing your routine one day, you now call her your best friend? Friendship and support – celebrate it! What about those endless hours researching nutrition and teaching yourself how to cook, with way too many meals than you would like to admit ending up in the bin as flops along the way, simply so you could confidently cook fresh and wholesome meals to fuel your body? Knowledge and skills baby – celebrate them!
Don’t get so caught up in the end result that you miss the journey getting there. That journey is what makes you. Be proud of all the small choices you make along the way – they are so rewarding! Ultimately, they shape you and your outcome! Celebrate them baby, and enjoy the ride!