Today I’m going on a little rant about embracing the process, not the result. I feel like that’s the type of quote you’d see on a Nike backpack or something. So yeah, it’s a little cliche. But there’s a good lesson behind the cheesiness!
So recently, I’ve been in a rut. I’m not really sure where it’s coming from, but I feel like I’m just kind of stuck. Naturally, I’m already pretty hard on myself AND a perfectionist, so it can be pretty stressful. Basically, I feel like I’m not really improving/moving forward/enhancing my life/being productive enough.
For example, I feel like I’m not putting enough effort into my workouts or Healthy Habits | Happy Heart.
Something I realized through all this self criticism is I have totally forgot where I started on Day 1, for both my fitness journey and this blog (& anything else I might be beating myself up about).
It was very eye opening for me. For so long, I was oblivious to the constant trudging through hardships and overcoming obstacles because I was so focused on the endgame.
But really, what IS the endgame? For me, I couldn’t honestly tell you I have one. I mean, I never want to stop growing, or learning, or improving. And the “endgame” sounds like stagnation, ZERO growth, no improvement.
It’s silly to think that I’ll stop growing, and I would never want that in the first place.
Growth is humbling.
It reminds me that I always have more to learn, and I should welcome it.
This is where I reminded myself the importance of embracing the PROCESS, without a result in mind.
So what if I don’t have the body I want? If I’m going to continuously try to improve, I’ll always be better than I was before. So what if HH|HH hasn’t reached the following and success I want from it? As long as I don’t stop working towards a goal, I’m doing everything I can.
ONE DAY, these things (and more) will come. But living in the moment and appreciating where you are RIGHT NOW makes the process a lot more enjoyable.
Everyday I work to improve my body and my overall health. It’s important to me and something that I never want to give up! But putting a time limit or deadline on it is really un-motivating. So instead, I enjoy the struggle and I celebrate my achievements. For example, in my recent fitness update I talked about how I’m adding HIIT training into my workout regimen. Let me tell you, it isn’t easy. Going from burpees to pushups to ball slams really knocks the wind out of you, but it’s so rewarding at the same time.
It’s the little victories like this that keep me going. It’s not about putting pressure on myself to complete 10 rounds or beat myself up for not going fast enough, but being proud of myself right were I’m at. And maybe enjoy it a little.
Real quick, I want to touch on the difference between the endgame and reaching a goal, because I often thing people get those confused. An endgame is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: the END of something. Like I said earlier, it’s stagnant with no room for improvement.
Not a fan.
But reaching a goal is much more appealing. Goal setting is and infinite process. You can make short term and long term goals, multiple goals at one time. And the best part? When you reach a goal, you can make a new one! Goal setting is continuously moving forward.
Be a goal setter, not an endgamer. LOL.
So to me, that’s what embracing the process means.
Who cares about the result, enjoy the ride. Set goals and work towards them. Be proud of your achievements.
I feel like ultimately, it makes for less stress and less self criticism, which I’ve totally fallen into lately. So I needed a little reminder about where I started and where I am now, as an athlete, a blogger, and as a woman!
What aspects of your personal journeys are you thankful for? Share your achievements with me! I want to celebrate with you!