“The reward of a thing well done is having done it”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
We live in a results driven and outcome focused culture. As such, it is easy to forget that there is much reward to be found in the process of the work it takes to get us there itself. It brings its own benefits.
The Labour and Process of Doing Teach Us Lessons
Making changes and spending time working on them provides us with feedback if we make the time to pause and take stock.
Rather than being totally focused on the outcome we seek and hope for (future thinking) we stay present in the now – the work in front of us today.
The work itself can teach us lessons about ourselves. It provides its own feedback loops that are valuable in themselves:
Are our actions taking us closer to our goal?
What have we learnt along the way?
Are we working as effectively as we could?
Are we focused on the vital few things that matter?
Is the work/process we’ve been committed to helping us?
Are we in this for the long haul?
If the answer is these questions is no then we change focus. This is not the path for us so we move to something new.
If it’s a yes then we know we’re onto something. We do more of the same, we refine and repeat.
The work provides a foundation to launch from. It encourages dedication and discipline. It can teach us good habits. It encourages patience rather than quick wins.
Enjoy the Process
Set goals and outcomes by all means but don’t become obsessed by them. Don’t waste the now by being totally focused on the future and wishing life away.
Enjoy the work it takes to get to your goals for its own sake. Revel in the feedback and focus it provides. Be comforted in the routine and discipline. Enjoy the journey.