Kobe Bryant said, “Those times when you get up early and work hard. Those times you stay up late and you work hard. Those times when you don’t feel like working. You’re too tired. You don’t want to push yourself, but you do it anyway. That is actually the dream.”
I recently watched this video of Kobe talking about the value of the process instead of always focusing on the end goal. In his case, becoming one of the most successful basketball players in history didn’t happen overnight. He had to train, practice and perfect his game over the years. Regardless of the tedious work, Kobe found beauty in the process and that’s what most of us forget – it’s not always about the end goal, but it’s about the steps you take to get there.
When moving toward a goal, it’s important to not only find beauty in the process but to also think incrementally. So many people set a huge goal without breaking it down into smaller chunks – in reality, the smaller milestones are what keep you motivated along the way.
After I graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in teaching, I went on to pursue a career in sales. Soon after, I moved to Nashville working in high-level B2B sales for technical documentation and training. That experience guided me to Service Express as a Sales Manager where I would eventually work my way up to President and CEO.
We must think incrementally about our goals, embrace failure and always find beauty in the process that is leading us there. How do you make your goals achievable?