I stumbled upon a tweet by Gary Vaynerchuk a few days ago: “Want to prove something? Prove that you’re enjoying the process of figuring yourself out and chasing your current ambitions and curiosities.” This piece of advice really stuck with me, because as a 20-something in the process of figuring her own self out, it dawned on me how much I need to take a step back and appreciate and celebrate the in-between moments that lead me to my life’s greatest achievements, both big and small.
The “process” takes on many forms — signing the lease on your first apartment with your significant other; securing a big promotion; purchasing an item you’ve been saving up for for awhile; heading on vacation to your #1 bucket list destination. No matter what it is, each of these milestones all start somewhere, and that is with an initial want, or desire. It’s easy to blabber on about wanting to make these goals a reality, but what about recognizing the time and effort that it takes to do so?
When you think about it, the “process” in achieving the end result is actually more fun than the end result itself. I’ll use the apartment as an example. Jacob (my boyfriend) and I are moving in together after almost three years of dating. Being the anxiety-driven gal that I am, I have spent much of this summer thinking about how important it is that we land the right apartment in the right building in the right neighborhood. I constantly allow my mind to wander into the future, to the moment in which we obtain that apartment. Now, armed with the wisdom of Mr. Vaynerchuk, my mind recalibrates, and I think about how exciting it is that I get to experience this process with Jacob. Sure, it is stressful, but all the research, open house tours, and packing will be damn worth it in the end. Then comes the decorating, but that’s a whole different ball game. Lol.
The point I am trying to make here is that instead of sprinting to the finish line, we should take our time to embrace the “process” and all the struggles and victories that go along with it. We can enrich our lives that much more if we look at each step in our journeys as mini successes, leading to the larger successes we are striving to achieve. Whatever those may be, I hope you go out there and get them. Just slow down. You’ve got time. 🙂
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