But what I’ve learned is that it’s better to focus on the process of what you’re doing, and let the results flow from there.
When I focus on results, I tend to tighten up creatively, because I’m attached to something particular happening. I miss good things along the way that might have helped me get to where I want to go, because they don’t seem to support the thing that I want.
I also miss out on a bit of adventure, because I’m trying too hard to hang on to certainty.
When I’m focused on the process of what I’m doing, I see things on the periphery that seem like they might be good to follow, so I do, and it usually turns out pretty well.
Also, I just enjoy myself more because I can let go of the anxiety I feel when I’m attached to a certain result. The path in front of me is richer because I can consider a detour at any time.
Take blogging, for instance. You can fret and worry about the traffic and subscriptions you are (or aren’t) getting, or you can focus on all the small pieces it takes to keep up a successful blog with a readership – posting consistently, creating the best content you can, responding to your readers, guest posting, sharing your content on social media (appropriately!), etc.
There is a lot you don’t control, but there are a few things that you do, so focus on doing those, and leave the rest up to the universe.
If you have a blog and do all those things above, in some time you will have a blog with a nice, steady readership, and maybe one day you’ll have wild success.
But I wouldn’t worry about that too much now, just do the little things. It’ll add up.
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