I feel like writing today & I want to talk about something that I’ve been giving a lot of thought to lately…
About 2 years ago, I remember reading a post from Brian Clark of Copyblogger about success.
In the post, he said something about “you have to enjoy the process of building your business, because you’re not gonna be any happier when you finally “make it”.
At the time, I wasn’t making much money and my business was struggling. Being an arrogant 25 year old back then, I thought Brian was completely full of shit with that statement. When you’re struggling, the thought that things getting better won’t make you any happier is a tough pill to swallow.
I’ve come to realize though – he was absolutely right.
Sure making more money makes things easier on you, especially if you were struggling to pay your bills before. But if you’re building your business with the thought that somehow success will make you happier, I can tell you it won’t.
Just this past week I read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – and all of this really came to fruition.
Eckhart’s message is that most people spend every second of their life living in the past or waiting for something in the future. They believe that external events will somehow fulfill them and make them happy. This really hit home for me.
After thinking about this, I realized the only times I’m truly living in the now, and not thinking about something else is when I’m doing yoga or meditating.
Eckhart’s message is very powerful, and I’ve thought a lot about how it applies to me and my business.
In my business I’m always setting goals and striving for specific things to accomplish. But what I’m realizing is that while hitting these goals, is great – the end goal doesn’t make me any happier than the process. I need to focus more on “being present” and enjoying the process of getting my business to where I want it to be.
The sage wisdom that Brian Clark gave 2 years ago was right. If you’re not enjoying the process, you’re never going to enjoy it when you “make it”…