You hit publish and you wait for…
…some kind of signal that will show you that your work has been worth it.
After all the hard work and effort you’ve put into your project, you let only one small part of the process affect:
- How you feel
- How you react
- The rest of your work
- The decisions you make
Why do we do this to ourselves?
Allowing something you don’t control – outcome or result – to determine how you feel about your work is insane!
Sure, plan for the outcome you would like, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t work out the way you want it to.
“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control and which have to do with the choices I actually control”
– Epictetus, Discourses, 2.5.4-5
What do you control?
- What you say, and…
- …the effort you put into your work
You don’t do your work just for the outcome, so don’t let the outcome be the most important influence over the work you do, how you do it, or what you do next.
Put it in its place – it’s just a small part of the process and there are much more important factors that determine how you feel about your work.
I published a video on LinkedIn this week and it bombed. It’s one of the best videos I’ve published in the past few months. Yet it hasn’t achieved the results I expected compared to the previous videos I’ve published. Oh well…I’ll turn up next week with a new video anyway.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself about your work that are within your control:
- Did you do your best work?
- Did you work hard?
- Did you enjoy it?
- Did you follow the process?
Whether the outcome is relatively good or bad, manage it accordingly.