2017 was a special year for me. It marked the most significant personal growth I've ever experienced. I learned. A lot. I received promotions. I launched a business. I also switched careers and took a ~20% pay cut, too.
The most important lesson I learned in 2017 is to really fall in love with the process, because it's not about the outcome. That "finish line" that we are all obsessed with crossing does not exist. It's not actually about the achievement, at all. We think it is. But really, it's about becoming the type of person that we want to become.
"True motivation is not found within reaching a goal, but rather getting to a place where you can confidently and audaciously move the finish line far off into the distance once again." - Adam Braun
Within the last few months, I really reconnected with my childhood dream, thanks to a friend of mine. "Achieving" that dream scares the shit out of me - it's so far beyond what seems possible and reasonable that it almost feels like a fairy tale.
But what I know about that dream is that it doesn't really matter if I get it or not. It's about embarking on a journey of personal transformation that it would take to land - and sustain- that gig that I really am seeking.
Fall in love with the process... and you'll love what the process produces.