Having a goal is a good thing. As a matter of fact, a goal is an awesome thing to have. A goal keeps you focused and gives you purpose. A goal also gives you forward motion and growth. But what happens when you do reach that purpose, when you’ve achieved that goal? What then? Therein lies the rub.
A lot of people make the mistake of treating success as the end all and be all of their existence. As a result, when they do attain that success and reach their goal, it is often anti-climactic. They are only able to enjoy it briefly before restlessness and boredom set in. This is because people are naturally hardwired to be discontented with the status quo. There’s nothing wrong with that, but admittedly, it can be quite a downer. If that’s the case, how can you really and truly bask in your success? It’s simple, really. You just need to focus on your journey. That’s right. You need to play closer attention to the processes and procedures – the steps and struggles – that got you where you are now.
So how why should you focus less on the result and more on the technique? Let us count the ways.
1. It gives you control.
Whether or not you reach a specific goal is something you cannot control. What you can control is the process you use to get there. You are well within your power to give it your best shot, or not. It’s really all up to you. And by having this measure of control, you will be more empowered to move forward. Plus, it does wonders for self-esteem.
2. It encourages you to experiment.
Because you’re in control, you can pretty much do whatever you want. This will then give you the requisite courage to think out-of-the-box and take long shots – something you’re not likely to do, if you’re too focused on the end result. Who knows? You may even stumble on a better outcome than what you were initially going for.
3. You learn as you go along.
The fact of the matter is even the most flawless effort can still fail. On the other hand, a flawed effort can lead to success. Inevitably, you will find that even failure will bring you lessons – lessons that can contribute to the desired outcome in time.
4. You’ll enjoy yourself.
Focusing on future outcomes far off in the horizon is okay. It is not okay, however, for your happiness to rely on that future event. Life is lived in the present, after all. By focusing on every step of your journey instead of the results, you will experience every event more fully, which, in turn, will help you learn faster. Not only that, you will be able to appreciate your own efforts a lot more.
5. You’ll earn confidence.
It may not be confidence that you will reach your goal, but it is confidence that you are on the right track. As a result, you will find yourself more confident to face whatever outcome the future might bring because you know that you’ll be happy, no matter what. The more you focus on the process rather than the success that you haven’t earned yet, the more confident you’ll be.