What are we really after, the end result or the person we become in the process? We are trained and taught to focus on the end result. We certainly have to have a clearly defined vision or else we won’t choose to go through the inevitable adversity along the way. However, in the end, I think what we are really after is our potential. We are really after the person we think we might be able to become in the pursuit. There are things that I have wanted to accomplish in my life that I both accomplished and failed at. When I look back I wasn’t really after that “thing,” I was after that person that I became while in the pursuit of that “thing.” This is why having a vision or dream is so important, it forces us to become more of that person we were created to be. If you can’t say without thinking what your clearly defined dream is and what your purpose is, most likely you are not reaching towards the potential already inside of you.
This is why I love the pursuit so much more than I love the “thing” I am after. When looking back at the real reason I quit a promising job, and a “good” lifestyle, was because I needed to be challenged in a different way. I didn’t have a clearly defined vision that I was passionate about that forced me to become better everyday. I wasn’t living my purpose, and without living my purpose while pursuing a worthwhile dream, I couldn’t become that person I was created to be. Complacency kills more people than any drug. Most people die spiritually, way before they die physically. Most people really die at age 20 when they give up on pursuing dreams and settle for comfortable. I only want to be comfortable when I am laying down on a couch watching a movie, other than that comfort is my enemy. It is the enemy of your dreams and your potential.
Start to examine your life from top to bottom and ask yourself how am I getting better everyday? Am I chasing a dream that forces me to become more of the person I was created to become? Or am I just comfortable, complacent, taking the path of least resistance? Its hard chasing a dream. Its hard taking a risk. Its hard staying disciplined. Its hard going against the norms of society. But when has easy ever made you better? When has conquering easy ever felt good? The answer is it never has. Begin to be grateful for the pursuit because in the end what you are really after is becoming the person you were created to be and that “thing” you are chasing, while vitally important, only serves as motivation to push you through so you can see the person inside you manifest into reality.
– The Professional Encourager and Uplifter