Though life is relatively short, we need to operate with a long-term outlook. By long-term, I mean having an appreciation for the fact that great things almost always take a long-time to come to fruition.
It’s important to be urgent in terms of beginning the process and continuing to do the things that are important to us, but we shouldn’t try to rush the process or look for short-cuts. (Unless we know for sure those short-cuts are not just an excuse to be impatient.)
Even real short-cuts are usually not all that short. If you want to build a house, write a book, prepare for an exam, etc., it will have to be done in parts. And those many parts eventually make a whole. One step at a time is how we get to where we want to be. (And we don’t need to see the whole picture before we start painting it.)
If you focus on the process, you’re more likely to get the results. But if you focus too much on the results, you’re likely to skip the necessary process and miss out on the desired results.
We’re almost always ready to start something that’s important to us, but we’re rarely as ready as we think we are for the end result. In other words, we’re almost always ready to begin the journey, but rarely ready for the level of success we desire. Progress starts with a single step. Begin, but don’t get ahead of yourself.