The gift for work well done is more work.
We can work on long term projects and then see absolutely no results. In itself, accomplishing the project is a success. But if the project didn’t take, it’s a failure.
So, it’s time to move on to the next project.
Though, I’m not here to talk about my failure. I’m here to talk about the silver lining I consider a success. For a couple of years now, I’ve been working on a book. And while starting out, it felt difficult. I worked through the difficulty, I continued despite feeling weak, despite feeling lost, despite having no clue what I was doing or where I’d end up.
Had I not been through this process, I wouldn’t have developed my mindset or mind.
Going through process is like carving a hole through a mountain. While it’s initially difficult, painful, long, and bares no fruits. Once done, we have a tunnel to get to the other side.
This tunnel can be used for import and export, it can be used for tourism, it can be used for many things. Before digging this tunnel, we feel blocked, limited. We’re up against a brick wall. Once on the other side, we have options. They may not necessarily the options we want. But we have the options.
Now, after going through that process we grow. Or should I say, we develop a skill we can go to at any time. This develops confidence. We can do it again if need be. We know we can rely on this developed skill to start again if that comes up.
The silver lining of going through process is that we work up a degree of momentum and that momentum can be applied to the next best thing. Like stamina and endurance, we work our bodies up over time and we get stronger, then we can run the marathon or lift that that 400kg barbell. Except this is work related or project related.
Once we’ve overcome one project and we’ve done our absolute best, we get to be proud of ourselves. It doesn’t have to be the best thing in the world, but at least we completed it. We won the battle against our limitations. We can’t fake reaching the summit of our internal mountain, because we can’t lie to ourselves. Ultimately we know the truth.
Ever tried telling someone that you have a Ferrari when you don’t? Yeah, exactly.
Except, overcoming challenges allows us to develop confidence. It allows us to become great, and that greatness allows us to materialise greatness. The seeds start in the mind.
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett
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