We are all taking part in one right now. Some of us are trying to lose some fat, while others are gaining muscle. Some of us are trying to get stronger, while others are training to run further. We all set goals, but what is better: the process leading up to reaching our goals, or actually obtaining our goals?
Think about it: the journey, itself, is what it’s all about. In order to obtain a goal, we first need to change something about ourselves. We hate change. Sure, it usually improves you as a person, but for some reason, we feel like it’ll make us uncomfortable. Once we get past this idea, and change one little thing, the journey has begun. Do it.
The journey is addictive. That one little change has launched us a tiny bit closer to our goal. Now that we’re closer to reaching the goal, we can’t stop thinking about it. The closer we get, the more we think about it. It takes over our lives, because we think we’ll be happier once we reach our goal.
We begin to form a relationship with our journey. We get mad at it when we cheat. We love it when we’re progressing. We respect it, and feel empathy for it. It is our life.
Finally, we reach our goal. For some reason, it’s not as satisfying as we thought it would be. It doesn’t suddenly come to us like a gift on Christmas morning. It eases itself on us. We barely noticed it was occurring until it was too late.
Does any of this sound like you?
It happens. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. You’re normal. Look at yourself as a person.
Do you like yourself? If not, then you won’t be happy once you reach your goal. (Unless your goal is to like who you are).
Change this one thing about your life, and you will be able to achieve anything.
That’s the real journey. It takes priority over everything else. Once this journey is completed, any other journey will feel like the best thing you ever did.
Do you want to know why? The journey needs to be shared with someone. If you don’t like yourself, then you’re doing the journey alone.
After all, it’s sharing the feeling of achievement that you really want. Showing yourself that you are able to do something that you once couldn’t; that’s the feeling of accomplishment. You know what the process feels like. You know the addiction of the journey.
What lasts longer? The journey. 99.99% of the time is spent on it. You better cherish it. You didn’t do this alone. You did it with yourself.
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