The Process is a very simple concept with infinite applications. At its core, it's a paradigm shift in your thinking.
Many people get tossed around by life. The world we live in together throws a lot at us every day. To the untrained eye, life looks to be not all that great. If you were given the choice, before being born, to examine modern life with global conflict, environmental disasters, poverty, hunger, it wouldn't be appealing. Even zooming your focus in on a single person's life to witness their successes and defeats may not even convince you that life is worth living. But here we are. We're all here in a materially bleak situation. And I know this sounds very dark, but there's a bright side.
Somehow, despite all of the ups and downs, accolades and adversities, challenges, defeats, successes, it's all worth it. We're all here taking part and experiencing the world from our individual unique perspectives. Life is a lot of random chaos that we can't control. We can't control the markets, if the place we live will catch on fire, if we'll win the lottery, or if we'll find the love of our life. The amount of unknowns we face are enough to make even the smartest people think twice.
So where's this bright side?
Well, we know that life is uncontrollable, so where does that leave us? It leaves us right where we are. And when we get hit with some chaos, either good or bad, we've just got to deal with it. The chaos piles up sometimes. It can pile up so much at points in our life that we feel stuck, or we can find ourselves in a flow state where we're constantly dealing with the chaos as it arrives. Either way, we can't control what comes at us but we can control how we handle what comes at us. To put it simply, all we really have control over is ourselves.
Since the only thing we really can control is ourselves, that leads us to the idea that we should do all we can to stack the odds of success in our favour. That's what The Process is.
Knowing that we have a finite time to experience the randomness of life, we desire to improve our situation.
When you have a desire to improve your situation, you begin to think differently and as a cause of thinking differently, you act differently. Improving your situation comes after improving yourself and improving yourself comes from changing how you think.
The applications of The Process are infinite and that's the point of this blog. Loving The Process is a key goal because if you love making yourself better, you get better at it. There is a degree of suffering that comes along with improving yourself.
"Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor."
Loving The Process involves regularly working on yourself through whatever method you want to achieve whatever goal you want. A lot of self-help or self-improvement guides will promise an easy answer. Let me tell you, there is no easy answer.
But like all things, nothing worth having comes easily.
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