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If you’re rushing through life on automatic or holding off enjoying it until you’ve accomplished something, you might be focused on product rather than process. This could be the case if you’re highly goal-oriented or intent on success at any cost to yourself or others. One obvious example is thinking only of the number on the scale rather than putting attention on eating mindfully. You yearn for the finished product and don’t much care how you get it: by dieting, fasting or bariatric surgery. Here are examples of valuing product over process.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to do a topnotch job, receive praise for it, or feel as if you’ve put another feather in your cap. It’s fine if this is your aim once and a while and you make the choice with awareness of why you’re doing it. However, if this is how you generally operate—on-autopilot until you reach your desired destination or dragging yourself along kicking and screaming because you want that damn proverbial brass ring—you won’t end up a very happy camper.
When I get an idea for blogging or for a book, I don’t think to myself, well, I’ll knock that one off and get it out of the way. Instead, I can’t wait to sit down and have fun writing about a subject that interests me. I’ll take process over product any day.
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