It's Not The Destination, But The Journey That Matters Most
You don't read statements much more cliched than that, but cliches become cliches for a reason.
"And so, does the destination matter? Or is it the path we take? I declare that no accomplishment has substance nearly as great as the road used to achieve it. We are not creatures of destinations. It is the journey that shapes us. Our callused feet, our backs strong carrying the weight of our travels, our eyes open with the fresh delight of experiences lived." -From The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
I came across this passage while reading this week and it knocked me on my ass. We focus too much on accomplishments. We set goals and work hard at achieving them. The downside to this mindset is that we rarely feel satisfied or happy when we accomplish a goal. We're always looking ahead to the next thing that is supposed to make us feel fulfilled, but we never get there.
I've been recording a fan favorite song that folks have been bugging me to record for months. I haven't been enjoying the process. I've been afraid that I'm not doing the song justice, or that people aren't going to like it. I've been too focused on the destination, not the journey.
Coming across that Brandon Sanderson passage has helped me to change my mindset and focus on the joy of creating, not on the product.
Tell me about your own journey by replying in the comments below.
Now I'm off to form a new band called Destination. We're going to sing songs about small town girls and city boys.
Have a great week!