“Trust the Process”, is a phrase we hear very often. Sometimes, to the point where it brings out a sense of frustration more than comfort. However, the short response is that it’s true. But, it is easier said than done. So, what exactly does it mean to “trust the process” and how can we find comfort in what is to come? Keep reading to find out.
What does it mean?
We tend to hear this phrase regularly on our path to growth. However, it tends to come up the most when dealing with struggles or downfalls. This week’s podcast about patience got me thinking…. Trusting the process and the topic of patience correlate a lot more than we might think. We live in a world that has gotten extremely comfortable and used to instant gratification. We tend to get frustrated or disappointed when things don’t get “handed” to us.
By trusting the process we can find comfort and faith in the fact that everything happens when it is supposed to. For example, if you have a dream career, you most likely aren’t going to immediately go into it after college, Most likely, you have to go through internships, and promotions, and work your way up. That’s how it is with most of life.
Why Should I?
By trusting the process, you’ll find a number of positive changes in your life. These include; calmness, resilience, patience, confidence, gratitude, and a number of other things. Throughout the process, we can find comfort in the unknowns and even the downfalls. Once we see everything as a learning opportunity, there is a notable change in mentality. Additionally, if we aren’t constantly stressed about the future we can find time to be grateful for what our “now” looks like, and that’s pretty special.
How Do I Start?
So we’ve established the why and the what, but HOW do we actually achieve these things? First things first: slow down. As I said earlier, instant gratification has taken over. To truly be comfortable with the process, we need to slow down. Instead of forcing things, we can let life just come to us which provides a game changer. Additionally, once we realize that it’s okay to not be in control all the time, not only does this help the comfort of our future, but it also pushes us out of our comfort zone. If something is meant to happen, it will, even if it might not be our ideal way of getting there.
Conquer the Unknown
The unknown is a very broad and scary phrase. It shouldn’t have to be. Our discomfort doesn’t actually come from what we don’t know, but from what we do. Without having the answers to the future, we begin to “fantasize” our lives and create these expectations. The fear of the unknown comes from knowing what we want in life and knowing we might not get it. A wise professor once said the following:
“Navigating throughout life, there will be times when there is uncertainty. Things will be unclear and answers will be unknown. But it is the greatest minds that are comfortable with the unknown. It’s the strongest minds that are capable of navigating life without needing answers.”
Thank you so much for reading! Although this might be a tough habit to get into, it will be a game changer in the long run. Life is going to keep going and we don’t know what tomorrow holds. Find confidence in knowing that whatever is meant to happen, will.