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Journey of 1000 Miles and Back

04 August

It's about the processIt’s about the process.

My business journey these last few years has been an interesting one of self-discovery. I’ve invented and re-invented my ideas, my brand, my goals, my vision, my mission – and more than once.

In other words, my journey has been one of change. It’s been a peaceful and wonderful journey, although it hasn’t been as prosperous and financially rewarding as it has been rewarding in other ways AND you know what? I’m good with that! Here’s why….

I’ve come to deeply embrace the notion that growing my business is a process, not an event. It’s a series of steps of creation, tweaking, looking and examining more deeply what I want to give to the world, how I can contribute and how that giving and contribution best serves others in the context of my business and my life.

I believe that being in business is about being of service.

That what we provide can and does – and so it should – help others better themselves and their lives. Often, when creating or launching a new business concept, we get very focused on the outcome and results.

It makes sense – after all, we’re taught to be goal oriented, to create an idea or a goal and then set all the wheels in motion to achieve that goal – to make things happen. And that’s good, nothing wrong with a goal. But – and this is a big but – we often get so focused on the outcome that we don’t allow ourselves to enjoy the process.

Rather it becomes something to rush through in a hurry to get it done, get it ready, make it profitable. Again, nothing wrong with any of that EXCEPT that sometimes by being more thoughtful and allowing the process, we achieve greater gains with less frustration.

I don’t think we have to make any process unnecessarily long (or painful) but I do think we need to allow things the time they take to unfold properly. There is a tendency to make things happen and so we make several half-hearted attempts, or we judge ourselves harshly when something doesn’t succeed and we react by swinging in an opposite direction, failing to take what was good or what we learned and using that to improve what we do to make it better and keep on the same path, only with more knowledge and wisdom.

Talk to any business owner and if they’re honest with themselves and with you, they’ll likely tell you that growing their business was a journey of invention, re-invention and testing the waters and testing them again.

What is true for so many of us is that we resent that process instead of understanding and accepting that is IS the process and there is no way around that.

So, learn to embrace it and realize that to get from inception to realization is a journey and that the journey is where we live our lives. Let that journey unfold and embrace it, love it, be grateful for your own creativity and ability to thrive and bring your passion to life.

Instead of looking back and laughing over the process and appreciating how it finally turned into what you envisioned – laugh now, love the process now and you’ll find that you’ll love the end result and everything in between.

It doesn’t have to be perfect, by any measure, it just has to be yours and be authentic, genuine and heartfelt. It’s about your process, no one else’s. Trust me; the rest will fall into the place if only you let it.

To peace and process.

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