Today’s application goes out to Rhode Island. Cover letter, resume, references, done.
I listened to a Podcast interview with Hal Elrod today. He’s a self-help guru known for the book The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life. He is a very enthusiastic person, almost so much so that he is exhausting to listen to. That being said, I like some of the things he has to say. One of his main ideas is that you cannot control the outcome of your actions, but you can control your actions. He developed this philosophy while he was selling Cutco knives. He knew that while he couldn’t choose who would buy the knives, he could control how many people he showed them to. So he showed them to a lot of people. Eventually, he also sold a lot of knives.
It is very difficult to focus on the process instead of the outcome. Outcomes are so emotionally loaded. You get the job or you don’t get the job. You make the sale or you don’t make the sale. You win or you lose. And when you win or get the job or make the sale, you feel absolutely amazing.
Outcomes are based on many factors, though. Things outside of my control, outside of anyone’s control, play a role. Some of the times when things have gone really well for me, it was actually a case of good luck. I’ve also had bad luck at times, and that too was not my fault. It just happens.
The thing about focusing on process, and the reason I’m trying to make it my new way of doing things, is that process can be controlled. I can apply for a job every day; I can’t choose whether people are interested in my applications. I can continue researching opportunities that might be a good fit for me; I can’t predict which ones are most likely to be successful.
Does anyone else have strategies that have helped them achieve a goal or stick with a project?