We’re often told to “enjoy the process”.
We’re told this whenever we’re working toward something and things get tough or we get impatient.
When we don’t want to go to the gym.
When we don’t want to stick to our eating habits.
When we don’t want to study.
When we don’t want to do whatever it is we have to do to reach the goal.
The idea is to not think solely of the goal, and instead to “enjoy the process”.
Many of us interpret this to say we should force ourselves to enjoy something we don’t.
Others of us interpret this to mean we should find processes we enjoy.
Some think it means simply to not focus solely on the end goal.
Often, the saying discourages us from acknowledging that doing the work sucks.
Making us feel as though we’re wrong for not loving every minute of what we’re doing.
As if we’ve got the wrong attitude for thinking, “this isn’t fun”.
That our mindset needs adjustment.
Have you ever asked yourself, “why?”
Why shouldn’t we acknowledge that this is how we’re feeling?
Why not acknowledge that the process just isn’t that enjoyable?
Why not recognize this, and even celebrate it?
Knowing that we’re moving toward something bigger?
Do you have to “enjoy the process”?
Does the process not offer so much more than joy?
Is there no value in learning to work toward a worthy goal?
In doing what’s hard when you’re unsure of the outcome?
In delayed gratification?
You won’t always enjoy the process.
There’s nothing wrong with that.
You are worthy of the best life.
You won’t always enjoy making that happen.
It will be challenging.
There will be times when you won’t want to put in the work.
That’s totally okay.
Because you’re strong.
You’ve got this.