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Why is the Preparation Process Often More Rewarding Than the Final Accomplishement?

by | Apr 23, 2023

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Why is the Preparation Process Often More Rewarding Than the Final Accomplishment?

An Experienced Endurance Runner’s Perspective

Today, I’m thrilled to talk about why the preparation process is often more rewarding than the final accomplishment. As an experienced endurance runner, I can attest that the journey of training and preparing for a race or event is far more fulfilling than crossing the finish line. Many people focus solely on the outcome and miss the joy of the journey, the growth, and the personal satisfaction of overcoming challenges along the way. So, let’s dive into this topic and explore the reasons why preparation is the most rewarding part of any pursuit.

The Process of Growth and Development

In any pursuit, whether it’s a race, a project, or a personal goal, preparation provides the opportunity for growth and development. The process of preparation forces us to challenge ourselves, step out of our comfort zones, and push beyond our limits. As we overcome obstacles and develop new skills, we grow as individuals, and we become better versions of ourselves. The final accomplishment is just a reflection of the growth and development we experienced during the preparation process.

Creating Memories and Building Relationships

The preparation process also allows us to create memories and build relationships that last a lifetime. When we commit to a goal and work towards it, we often find ourselves surrounded by like-minded individuals who share our passion and determination. These individuals become our support system, our cheerleaders, and our motivation to keep going. We create memories and build relationships through shared experiences, and these experiences are often more rewarding than the final accomplishment itself.

A runner I spoke to a few weeks ago told me “I remember when I trained for my first marathon. I joined a local running group and met some amazing people who became my friends and training partners. We trained together for months, sharing laughs, tears, and stories of our struggles and triumphs. On race day, we all crossed the finish line together, but the memories and relationships we created during our preparation were the most rewarding part of the experience.”

The Satisfaction of Overcoming Challenges

One of the most rewarding aspects of the preparation process is the satisfaction of overcoming challenges. When we set a goal, we often encounter obstacles and setbacks that require us to problem-solve, adapt, and persevere. As we overcome these challenges, we develop a sense of confidence and resilience that stays with us long after we’ve achieved our goal.

I can recall a particularly challenging run I ran a few years ago. It was a gruelling tough 100 km run, and the weather conditions were brutal. The heat was oppressing, the road boiling hot, and the air felt like I was running underwater. I remember feeling exhausted, literally melting from the heat and totally defeated. But I pushed on, and eventually, I crossed the finish line. The sense of satisfaction and pride I felt was overwhelming. It wasn’t just about finishing the race; it was about overcoming the challenges I faced along the way.

Embracing the Journey

Finally, the preparation process allows us to embrace the journey and appreciate the present moment. When we focus solely on the final accomplishment, we often miss the beauty and richness of the journey. Preparation forces us to be present, to focus on the present moment, and to appreciate the small victories and milestones along the way. It’s about savouring the process and enjoying the journey, rather than just rushing to the destination.

As an endurance runner, I’ve learned to embrace the journey and appreciate the present moment. I’ve learned to find joy in the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other, of feeling my muscles burn and my heart race, and of experiencing the beauty of nature around me. I’ve learned that the journey is just as important as the destination and that the preparation process is the most rewarding part of any pursuit.

CONCLUSION

To wrap up, the preparation process is often more rewarding than the final accomplishment. It provides us with the opportunity for growth and development, the chance to create memories and build relationships, the satisfaction of overcoming challenges, and the ability to embrace the journey and appreciate the present moment. So, the next time you embark on a new pursuit, remember to enjoy the journey, savour the process, and embrace the preparation. You’ll find that the rewards are far greater than you ever imagined.

Patrick Michel

Endurance Runner – Marketing Strategist

Patrick Michel is a Montreal-based endurance runner specializing in long-distance multi-stage charity ultra runs. For almost two decades, he has inspired many to engage in running, get fit and grow stronger physically and mentally. He has also written many articles about running.

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