I will be the first to admit that I hate the process.
I hate grinding twelve to fourteen hours a day just to make one of my many ambitions a reality, which is to become an international best-selling author. Why couldn’t I have the luxury of having a Genie to grant me three wishes?
I want to be clear. I am not anti-process. I just hate the process.
I am one of those individuals who wished he had a physique like The Rock, but without having to hit the gym every day. I wish there was a magical pill to put on muscle mass—I’d pop a handful in a heartbeat.
I like being able to walk through a peach orchard (like I used to do in Michigan) and pick a ripe peach off the tree and enjoy the ocean burst of carotenes and flavonoids satisfying my palate and invigorating my body. I did not have to toil and labor watching the trees grow. Like the birds, I just dropped in after all of the intensive work had been done, and enjoyed the fruit [pardon the pun] of someone else’s labor.
What can I say, I tend to be outcome oriented. But here’s the catch! You’ve been waiting for the catch, weren’t you? Because I know how much I dislike the process, I double and triple down on my effort. That’s right, I put in the work despite the fact that I find the process entirely unappealing. That mindset is based on discipline. Bob Proctor maintained that discipline is giving yourself a command and following it.
There is no escaping the process. The bigger the goal, the more tedious the process.
If the truth be told, many of us want the “lifestyle”—the stardom, the bling, the high-status artifacts, the influence— but we do not want to put in the WORK to attain that lifestyle, whatever it is. We want to shine bright like a diamond, but we do not want to be put through the process—the high temperature, the high pressure, the cutting, the polishing of becoming a diamond.
If you truly want to shine bright like a diamond, then you will have to earn it. Success has to be earned. Wealth has to be earned. Anything of value has to go through a process. The process is difficult and is not for the weak, coward or indolent. If the process was easy, then everybody would be shining brightly. A diamond becomes a diamond only after it has gone through an incredibly slow, long and punishing process—which usually takes millions of years.
There is no escaping the process. And the bigger the goal, the more tedious the process. If you have the audacity to dream big, then you must be prepared to deploy a ridiculously insane amount of work and effort to achieve your goals. There is no other way or method to becoming great. You’ve got to put in the work—lots of it.
I still plan to become an overnight success—but only after I have put in the work. It might take me ten or twenty years (hopefully less), but I have made up my mind that I am in for the long haul. So, I might as well enjoy the process…or maybe not.
See you at the top!
Upcoming post: “When Aiming High Is Not Enough”
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