We can sink so much time and energy into pursuing specific outcomes.
We set a goal and it consumes us.
A career goal.
A health or fitness goal.
A personal or relationship goal.
We put in the time.
We put in the effort.
We do the work.
For weeks, months, years, or even decades.
Sometimes, we reach that goal.
We make it happen.
Other times, not so much.
Things don’t go as we’d expected or hoped.
When we’ve put in so much time and energy, this can feel as though our efforts were wasted.
Such a perspective on effort and its fruits may be myopic.
We might be overlooking other ways our efforts have served us.
The next time you fail to reach a goal, consider a different way of looking at things.
The outcome may not have been what you’d hoped.
But were your efforts actually wasted?
If you’d have regretted not trying?
If you saw the pursuit as worthy?
If you learned?
If you grew?
If you had fun?
If you experienced just a bit more of what life has to offer?
Reaching a goal is something to celebrate.
Be cautious not to overlook the reward of the work itself.
Work that pushes you to grow.
Pushes you to learn.
That challenges you.
Or even simply brings you pleasure.
Life is more than outcomes.
You’ve got this.