Last night at the restaurant, I heard from a gentlemen whose manuscript had just been rejected for the sixth time. I pat him on the shoulder and jovially said to him, “Oh, you mean you’re six times closer to it getting accepted?” His eyes immediately lit up, and a big grin came across his face. I reminded him of some kind of truth. I suggested he have the intention to continually shift his perspective to the process.
We are a culture, focused on the outcome. So many great accomplishments have we, it becomes hard not to always have such a perspective. Technology, medicine, even fashion—we are rich with materialities. If we want something, we can press a button and have it shipped to our door by the next day. If we want to become something, we can go to the internet and search for others who have already become that. We can go and find their accomplished works, and ingenuity. We see what they have created—the finished product.
Yet how many times have we also heard the story of the published writer, whose manuscripts rejected countless times before succeeding at publishing. Or, the scientist who makes a great new discovery… we focus on the discovery, and not the fact that it may have taken her a decade to produce the proof that merely validates reason to further study?
Take a look at the Process Perspective, it will expand your outlook, appreciation, and tenacity!
*Art work by Leah Shea. a 20×20 poster titled SOSO MUCH. Visit LeahShea.Com