The Chase versus The Catch

Don’t forsake the Chase for the results of the Catch.

Too often, we chase after the prestige and apparent “overnight success” instead of focusing on the journey. I’m all too guilty of this. I think it’s why I haven’t defined the focus of my life’s work. I’ve been too focused on the destination — the Catch.

The Chase, however, is where true satisfaction comes from. If you can show up each day knowing why you do what you do, you’ll have the strength to keep moving forward despite the obstacles. It also leaves the door open to change direction, to sidestep roadblocks.

I’m trying to identify what my Chase is. What do I do that is it’s own reward? It’s cliche, but what would you do if you didn’t have to worry about the money? That’s the Chase. There’s energy in the Chase. There’s satisfaction in the Chase. The Chase is self sustaining.

The Catch is the payout at the end. It’s so far off in the distance that you can’t pinpoint its location. We focus on it, but too often we can’t see it. It’s not guaranteed. Every time we get off course, the Catch changes. Forget about the Catch.  Focus on the Chase.

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  • James Dibben

    Powerful post, Raun!

    That reminds me of the quote: Life is what happens while you are making other plans.

  • Raun Lauterbach

    Thanks, James.  That is an apt quote. 
    Here’s one Sutton Parks posted on Facebook earlier today: 
    “Do not negate the value of the journey” -Dan Miller

  • Josh Bulloc

    If you don’t get the catch and don’t enjoy the chase you have nothing but if you enjoy the chase and still don’t get the catch you still enjoyed it.

  • Raun Lauterbach

    Exactly. Kinda reminds me of Pascal’s Wager.