When it comes to growing a business, people dream of the outcomes that can come out of it. If that’s building a multi-million dollar business down the road, that’s something to look forward to. What does enjoying the process mean in business?
Enjoying the process means focusing on the tasks at hand. It’s more enjoyable to do the actual work rather than achieve the goals.
In this post, I will go over why the process is more important than the actual results. I will also outline some best practices to make any process run smoothly.
Why do you need to enjoy the process?
Being able to enjoy the process isn’t always the sexiest thing to do. Oftentimes, people end up looking at the outcomes, which is important as well.
Outcomes do not always end up going well, as they can be different than anticipated. Focusing on the process (from start to finish) can help with making a better outcome.
Enjoying the process helps us hone the skills we have learned so that we can create outcomes that can have a lasting impact. If it’s growing a business from $0 to $10,000/month, it’s worth digging into the process.
Football: Winning the Super Bowl
Sports is a great example of this concept. Let’s take football for example- The outcome for every team is to win a Super Bowl championship.
However, it takes practice and effort to go to the Super Bowl, and eventually win the championship. A football team needs to play the game well, along with the ability for players to work together.
If they focus on the process (i.e. positions, best practices, and taking it one game at a time), it becomes easier to carve a path to the Super Bowl. Before participating in one of the year’s largest sports events, it is important to embrace the process.
What does enjoying the process mean?
In business, it’s all about enjoying the process rather than achieving results. Building a business is both important and fun, but it helps if you fall in love with the process. Let’s go over how you can do that with my best practices.
Benefits of enjoying the process
Enjoying the process helps with staying disciplined. Every one of us needs to have the discipline to achieve our goals.
Motivation from time to time helps, but it doesn’t last that long. It’s great for the short term, but it can wear off once you’re in a different state of mind.
What’s needed more is discipline- that’s what lasts a lot longer to bring better results. Being disciplined while maintaining a sense of urgency can come a long way.
“I like motivation, but it doesn’t last very long. It takes discipline to maintain focus and build better habits.”Eric T. Seil (Founder/editor of notimekillers.com)
When you create a process (or have processed it), you start getting used to doing things over and over again. If they involve doing certain tasks, you do them more often.
If that’s creating content on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you know to set a time to do that every single week. Once you do it more often, you’re more consistent with it.
When you get to the point of keeping consistency, it becomes a rigorous process. Moving on, you may even level up your content creation and do it three or four days a week.
How do you enjoy the process?
The best practice for me is to eat chocolate or sweets. After completing a productive task (or conducting a deep work session), reward yourself with chocolate or candy. Each time you finish a challenging task, do that, and it will help make the work easier.
For instance, you can schedule a time to create content Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Having that consistency every week helps with developing an effective process for building a business.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over time, it’s that success comes from being consistent. If you’re consistent and keep going, you will see the desired results you want.
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Delays immediate gratification (rewards come later)
By starting the process sooner, you’re putting off immediate gratification now. We’ve all heard of that term, but basically, it means to put off pleasurable things until later.
For example, you may want to earn large sums of money the next day. But if you’re starting a new business, you know that’s not possible.
It will take a lot of time and effort to get those dividends to come in. It’s easy to want those rewards at the moment, but they won’t come until you put in the work.
If you know how to enjoy the process, it will be much easier to put off instant gratification. You’ll have the discipline to put off desirable things until later.
The best practice I like to do
One practice that I started doing not too long ago was eating chocolate. Now you’re probably thinking: What does chocolate have to do with enjoying the process?
Well, here’s what I do: Every time I finish creating content or come out of a deep work period, I’ll reward myself by eating a small piece of chocolate afterward.
Once I’ve eaten that piece of chocolate, I do another period of deep work. After I finish going through that, I’ll have another piece of chocolate.
I’m telling myself: You don’t dig into that bag of chocolate until you finish doing the hard work. Also, it signals my brain to do something productive before giving myself a small reward.
Applying this practice will help make the process easier, and much more enjoyable to go through. If you love chocolate or any type of candy, why not treat yourself after doing a productive task?
Why is enjoying the process important?
Many people don’t enjoy the hard work involved in the process. You will become more productive over time if you start enjoying the process sooner.
Questions to ask yourself:
- Do you relish the process more than the actual outcome?
- How would you treat yourself after doing a difficult task? Candy or a donut?
- Do you struggle to maintain discipline with the work you do?
- Do you find being consistent to be effective in creating the results you desire?
The importance of focusing on outcomes rather than processes is often overlooked. Or to put it in simpler terms, people are more interested in winning a championship instead of playing the game itself.
Sure, I think all of us want the best outcome possible. But to get it, you have to learn the process first before anything else.
To win at business, you must enjoy the process of growing a company. If you fall in love with it, it’s easier to get the outcome you always wanted.
Whether that’s having a business that makes millions of dollars in revenue or having more time freedom for yourself, processes rule at the end of the day.
These best practices can help with enjoying the process. If you can stick with them, you’ll find it much easier working on your business.
Your Turn: Do you enjoy the process rather than the immediate outcomes?
I would like to get your thoughts on this topic. Do you dread going through the hard work that’s needed to get good results?
Do you take the initiative to work on challenging tasks, even when you don’t feel like it? Is getting that outcome more important than enjoying the process?
Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I look forward to reading your responses, and I’ll gladly respond promptly.
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Eric is the owner and chief editor of notimekillers.com. He takes great pride in helping people manage their time and grow their businesses. Eric is a firm believer in financial and time freedom, as he believes in financial independence and taking ownership of your time. “Time is your most important asset. It can be your best friend or worst enemy. How you use your time can shape the future you desire to have.” In his leisure time, Eric loves to write and read whenever possible. He enjoys going for long walks outdoors while doing in-home workout videos every week. You can also connect with Eric via LinkedIn.