When I work with ambitious clients who are striving, chasing, creating and doing the work they love, I always remind them —you’ll never be as free as you are right now.
And I tell them this to act as a reminder:
Because while the mountaintops, the vision coming to life, the on-our-knees moments of bliss are incredible:
What we’ll treasure most is the process.
What we’ll treasure most is the journey.
What we’ll treasure most is the pursuit.
And so I do anything and everything I can as a coach to ensure they don’t miss “here” for “there.”
Furthermore, while success is incredible, fun, amazing —and better than most people believe it to be:
Consider Andre 3000, who is one of the most successful hip-hop artists of a generation.
On a podcast with producer Rick Rubin, he spoke about how he used to feel creatively free and open —and because he hadn’t “made” it yet:
There was no audience to cater to.
There was no expectations to surpass.
There was no track record to live up to.
But now that he had a name to live up to, a legion of fans, followers and critics —he felt creatively stuck.
In other words: the days of making music for the sake of it, of releasing it without concern were replaced by the expectations of success.
So, remember, if you’re chasing a vision, mastering a craft and doing remarkable work:
You’ll never be as free as you are right now.
Savor it, honor it, and soak up every moment —because this is not a dress rehearsal and we never know when it’s over.
When you realize this, you’ll loosen the kung-fu grip of desperation and instead enjoy every moment as you pursue your dreams.
This is what we call personal mastery.