Love the Process, Screw the Outcome.

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How to be unbeatably successful.

There are a few important factors in being successful. Yes, it takes hard work, yes it definitely takes dedication. But there’s one thing that’s often overlooked.

Persistence is what separates the wheat from the chaff. Persistence is what makes you unbeatable.

But how do we stay persistent in a world full of distractions? How do we find the will power to keep going when things get tough? If we dig deep to find why people give up so easily in the first place, finding the key to success becomes way easier.

Let’s face it: We all want to be successful in all of our lives’ endeavors. The problem is that so many people look for success in the wrong places. They run in this treadmill that is their life like a hamster in its wheel constantly trying to get somewhere but never make progress and stay in the same place.

But why is that? Here’s the problem:

Many of our goals in life are not actually our own goals but rather someone else’s.

What used to be “I want to become a doctor” or “I want to become a lawyer” has become “I want to be an entrepreneur” because nowadays, this seems like the cool thing to do.

Open up a business, work like a dog, sell that business and retire early. Afterward, you can do whatever you wish to do.

People focus on the outcome, on what they want to achieve, never asking themselves if the process that’s supposed to take them there is actually something they like or if it’s much rather the idea of success and what it brings along that they are after.

The number of people on the internet trying to sell us a course that teaches us how to start a successful dropshipping business or the likes is incredibly tiring.

They see that person A made a fortune with his/her dropshipping business. Now everybody tries to achieve the same success but nearly everybody fails because they hate the work. So they end up making how-to-guides, “teaching” others how it’s done, based on what they learned about the person A.

You get a flood of people trying to make money off the next flood of people that tries to make money.

And that’s also the reason why so many entrepreneurs fail. Because they actually hate what they do. They lack the passion needed to keep pushing when the going gets tough. They just want to get to where person A is. Sure, it makes sense, we all want to be successful. But the problem is that they don’t care at all how to get there.

They care about the outcome, they care about the money. They don’t care that they hate doing the work that’s supposed to make them the money.

It’s because they never figured out what they want to do in the first place. So they constantly chase shortcuts to success, trying to find a get-rich-quick scheme that’s supposed to bring them fast money.

This makes sense, of course. After all, why would you spend a lot of time doing something you hate when all you want is the outcome?

People try to live someone else’s dreams because they never figured out what their own dream was.

People think they’ll have their dream life as soon as they have the money. The funny thing about that is that they don’t realize that once they have the money, they still won’t know how to spend their time because they still won’t know what their dream was. So they’re right back at the start.

Figuring out where you want to go is easy. Figuring out an enjoyable way to get there is the hard part.

From “outcome” to “process”

The key to success is switching your focus from thinking about how joyful the outcome will be when you hopefully get there eventually to actually enjoying the process of getting there in the first place. After all, if you love what you do, why would you try to find any shortcuts to success?

If you don’t enjoy the process, don’t expect to get to enjoy the outcome.

If you’ve read my writing before, you might know already that I recently quit my 6-figures job as an anesthetist to start writing. I don’t know if I’ll ever be successful with it but I know one thing: I enjoy the crap out of it.

So what does it matter if I don’t make boatloads of money as long as I’m doing something I love every day?

There’s a huge amount of people that make huge amounts of money and actually hate their life. To huge amounts.

On the other hand, have you ever heard somebody say “I hate my life” who spends every day doing something he/she loves?

Yeah, me neither.

And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing […] you could eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it.” — Alan Watts

By learning to do things not because we want to get somewhere but much rather by doing things because we love doing them we pave the way for success.

It will make you push harder when the going gets tough. It will give you the edge over the competition because when you enjoy the process. Persistence becomes a lot easier.

Why would you stop doing something you love if your success doesn’t come within minutes as long as you enjoy doing it?

Stop wasting your time.

If you found something you are passionate about and love doing then do it and stop wasting time on someone else’s dreams.

“It’s not that we have a short time to live but that we waste a lot of it.” — Seneca

Direct your time and energy on it, become a master of it and success will come on its own. Anything you love doing you’ll find others who are interested in the same thing.

When you stop forcing the outcome quickly and enjoy the process instead, resistance won’t be the wall that you hit but rather the stepping stone on the way to success.

Thanks for reading, have a wonderful day.

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