Input vs. Output
Here’s the deal – life is not linear. Progress is not linear. Growth is not linear. If they were, self-improvement would be a piece of cake.
The reality is that, as you strive to reach your goals, you’ll often find that it’s one step forward, two steps back. Sometimes it might be two steps forward, one step back. Gents – that’s just life.
That’s why it’s important to love the process, not just the results.
Let’s head back to the marathon example from earlier in this section.
Your goal is to run a marathon. You run 3 times a week, hoping to run further every time. Nice in theory, but this is reality and there will be weeks where you run out of steam and you find yourself stopping 1 or 2 miles short of your previous week’s distance.
Chances are, there will be weeks when you can’t run at all because your legs are too sore.
We’re only human so this fluctuation is natural. You can’t expect to improve every single time you run because your body needs to recover – that’s just how it goes. You have to go through the peaks and valleys to reach the top of the mountain but over the course of a month or a couple of months, you will steadily improve.
My point is this – if you become obsessed with the end goal, you’re going to become disheartened when you don’t see consistent progress week-on-week.
However, if you fall in love with the process – if you enjoy going out for a run, and you enjoy the fact you’re taking action – the small losses won’t seem so bad and you’ll be able to see the bigger picture.