Love the process, let results take care of themselves

The ugly duckling is a classic example. Photo: james Wainscoat on Unsplash
The ugly duckling is a classic example. Photo by James Wainscoat on Unsplash

The feeling of who you are in your body


It has always been a thing for me, how I feel physically as I go through life. Whatever I’ve done, at any stage, there was always something about the sensation of the body. It put me in the right place to proceed, I guess. I loved the process of simply being in the world, walking, standing, flying in the air, or running as I do now. The simple sensation of how the body holds itself in space has always fascinated me. 

I chose a profession I loved, and for many years I practiced it without expecting any rewards. It was a choice and an awkward one, but I enjoyed the process more than anything else, so it kept me going. Had I expected more than what I achieved after the past 32 years in the profession, I don’t think I would have survived the challenges, let alone get to the results we did.

Failure or success, what’s the difference?


There’s a big drive to succeed nowadays as if that’s a goal to pursue. I think the goal to pursue is being and doing your best. It relates to who you are when you set out to achieve something, rather than overlooking being for the sake of doing and skipping the process for the aspired result. Of course, you wish to do well. But it’s tough to do well if you are not well. Lou Gehrig comes to mind.

I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating that you learn more from your failures than your successes. You achieve more if you also know what’s on your “not to-do list” than your “to-do list.” And you learn much more by being present in the process step by step, than in aspiring for the result when there is still a long way to go.
My point here is. Life is a process. We are all a “work in progress,” so you better enjoy the process to get the best out of it. 

Results dictate your next steps


It’s not that once you achieve a particular result, it’s the end of something. But, usually, when you get to specific outcomes, whatever they are, they dictate the next steps in a more extensive process. Which means that if you did not reach what you intended for this time, these results, or maybe better ones, will be there for you somewhere down the line. 

It may take longer and present challenges along the way, but as Ryan Holliday and Marcus Aurelius both say: “The obstacle is the way.”

This means if you don’t just love the process, you better do something else. But, on the other hand, if you love the process, all the hardships become part of it, and overcoming them, are small successes on the way to the set goals or results. 

The more you love the process, enjoying even facing the difficult parts, the more your chances grow for an ultimate better result. A good process almost always will get you good results. And if not, you will have learned what’s missing to get the desired outcomes.

Love the process, let results take care of themselves as you go through it. Make a point of being present on your way. As the Buddha and Gandhi said: “The path is the goal.”.

Try being present for every step you make, and see what happens.


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  • Eviatar Nevo

    Every thing around us is a process, cosmic, biological, one's own life. The reason is that from the big bang to the creation of stars and galaxies, planets and life itself, all are under CHANGE. The PROCESSES AT LARGE ARE ALL CREATIONS: OF ENERGY, MATTER ,LIFE
    AND ONE'S OWN LIFE. Weather COSMIC EVOLUTION has a purpose is hard to speculate, but life generally and one's own life must have a clear cut purpose, first and foremost to adapt to changing environments or challenges. Thereafter to build goals each according to his or her heredity and environmental conditions. Life's will never forgive one if he or she do not target a goal and do the best to reach it. This is the essence of creativity. One sculptures his own life the best possible, Wheather the goals are achieved or not is less important than the effort to target them. They might change along life but it will be a sin to life not to design goals and try the best achieve them Establishing goals will generate a meaningful life course even one is only prceeding toward target even if you never achieved it wholy.
    With blessings for goal oriented life full of successes and failures but always advancing!

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