When you begin the process of change in your life remember that the joy of success is in the journey. If you find joy in the process and you get your sense of accomplishment from the activity more than the result, then you have achieved what few have.
Just today, I was remembering the story of a long period of financial challenge in my life when my wife and I (both people who are particular about what we put in our bodies) sat down to a dinner of Ramen noodles and hot dogs. It fit our budget at the time, but certainly didn’t fit our lifestyle. We laugh about it now, that’s easy; the best part is that we laughed about it even as we sat down to that dinner because we knew that it was part of our journey. We knew that there would be a day when all of our meals would be as healthful and delicious as we imagined them. We didn’t doubt that for a moment and that’s what made that moment so bearable, so palatable and even, so fun. I was in the process and engaging in the activities every day that would inevitably bring us the success we desired.
People often waste their lives wanting what they don’t have or even wanting to be someone else. So many books are written about living in the moment and the power of meditation, the message is the same: don’t dwell in the past and don’t live in the future. Look forward to where life is taking you but enjoy the journey as you’re on it.
This is just one of life’s great paradoxes: be grateful for where you, be in love with the process, be inspired by what you can become. Let that inspiration carry you joyously wherever your journey takes you.
Here’s to your successes and failures, may you embrace them both!