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:

These are the best moments of your life.
These are the best moments of your process.
These are the best moments of your North Star.

Why?

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:

It comes with responsibility.
It comes with new challenges.
It comes with varying changes.

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.

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