- The pursuit of success and the effort it takes
- The outcome
When we think of success, I believe the majority of us think of all the thoughts, feelings, experiences associated with the outcome: notoriety, wealth, flexibility, capacity and control; more than we think of the effort it takes.
While in pursuit of success, thoughts range from: “I didn’t realize how hard this was going to be” to “that wasn’t so bad” to “I hope this will work” to “I nailed it” to “I failed again.”
Feelings range from anticipation to fearful, doubtful and frustrated to joyful, excited, fulfilled and inspired, back to confused, worried, overwhelmed and distracted.
Experiences range from your tenth “NO” to another delay; getting your hopes up and having them fall back down to a breakthrough with momentous activity and productive days and back to an unforeseen setback, sleepless nights and uncertainty.
There are highs and lows and more than anything, success is a management process. It is not a linear process with everything always on the rise, full of fame and fortune.
If you can manage your expectations and condition yourself to identify painful thoughts, feelings and experiences as success itself, the odds are in your favor.
“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not the attainment, full effort is full victory.” Mahatma Gandhi