Focus On Action Not Results

“You have a right to your actions, but never to the results of your actions. Act for the actions sake.” – Bhagavad Gita

Do you get caught up focusing completely on your goal and end results to the degree that you actually end up sabotaging your efforts?

It is good for you to have a goal and results in mind but it is also important for you to embrace the present and quit worrying about the future. We often become so focused on where we want to go that we completely fail to realize where we are. This is where the Law Of Detachment comes into play.

When it comes to the important actions that you need to take you need to be in the present and focused. Keep your eye on the task at hand.

If you have ever trained for a long distance race you don’t get caught up on only thinking about race day or the distance you need to run. Through training you work one day at time, one run at a time, one mile at a time. Each week in the process you adapt and get stronger and faster and can run further and longer than before. Then comes race day. You run and finish but at the end there is always some sort of letdown. If you look back over the training period you will realize most often than not, that it was in the work, the training and that consistent action which brought the most joy through the entire endeavor.

Focus on your journey, not your destination. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the results of your actions and goals are important as you need them in order to have any direction in life. But don’t get so attached to your goals that you are blinded to the present. Goals are sometimes anti-climatic in that way since we expect that once we reach them we will be happy. The real reward of goals comes in the process of taking action not necessarily the result itself.

Don’t get hung up on the results all the time. Your results will be much better if you focus on being in the action phase rather than being distracted by the results of the actions. It is when you are taking action in the present where the life and fun is in anything that you seek out to do.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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