Everyone wants results, but few people embrace the struggle.
The people who learn to embrace the struggle are generally the ones who get the best results. The funny thing is that since they’ve learned to embrace, and love, the struggle, they also are the ones most likely to not be driven by the results. They become driven by something greater. They become driven by mastery of the craft.
Struggle has its place, and that place is very important. If you want results, you have to love the struggle. You have to love doing the hard stuff and the stuff that scares you. You learn to love it because you know that only by walking through your fears do you become brave, and that only by doing things that are difficult do you become mentally tough.
One of the best things that anyone can do when they are starting a new venture (a new business, a new job, a big goal, attempting a “life dream”) is to get very honest with themselves really quickly.
This means that they tell themselves, and really believe it, that this goal is NOT going to be easy. This goal is going to be hard. Therefore, if I am really committed to attempting it, then I am committed to embracing the hard parts of the goal, not just the gold at the end of the rainbow.
You get really honest with yourself and you say, “I am willing to embrace, and appreciate, the blisters and the tears and the pain and everything “negative” that is associated with attempting this goal”.
Embracing the struggle is one of the most empowering things a person can do. Once they learn to embrace the hard aspects of achievement, they grow mentally tough. They become self aware, and self-responsible. They become resilient. They become an inspiration to others.
Results follow in time. But by the time the results get there, it doesn’t really matter as much. They have achieved a different, and greater reward – the reward of inner victory. The reward that comes when you realize that you cannot be defeated internally. You won’t be held hostage by fear. You won’t retreat at the first setback.
This is the greatest reward that one could achieve.