More ends up being less

We put so much pressure on ourselves to reach perfection and get everything done that we actually end up doing less or nothing.

The pressure creates uncertainty and in turn, we end up jumping around from one thing to another and then not doing any of them well as we are only focused on the outcome and not the doing. We are stuck in our minds and therefore we are distracted and not giving the thing we are doing our full attention.

It becomes a vicious circle as we complete fewer tasks and we do not do them well, it then creates more work to correct things. In addition, we become more stressed as we feel we are failing and falling further behind.

Less ends up being more and more ends up being less. The less we aim to do, the less pressure we have, we focus more on the actual thing we are doing, so we enjoy doing it, we do it better and get a positive lift from finishing something. That then encourages to start something else, rather than put it off.

When we focus on the outcome, that is where our energy goes and as an outcome is future based and thus uncertain it creates anxiety and stress, which affect what we do now. When we focus on one simple task now, that is where the energy goes, we enjoy it and do it well.

Simply put, just do one thing now and think of nothing…just enjoy.

Doing versus outcomes

It’s outcomes that create the challenge not the doing.

Outcomes are what we are conditioned to focus on and as an outcome is a future event it causes us to engage with thought of the future. As the future doesn’t exist it creates uncertainty in us and further thought. We become obsessed with the outcome and thus get stuck in our thought, which leads to sabotage and then we end up not doing. Then we do not achieve our goals.

Doing is an action that can only be done in the present, we can only ever do something right now and therefore it does not engage the thinking mind in contemplating an outcome and possible failure or success. We fear both and, in fact, often we fear success more as it takes out of our comfort zone.

If we spend our time thinking about the end result, we will not do anything.

So if we just focus on the doing and enjoy the doing right now in this conscious moment then the outcome is irrelevant because only by doing something will we achieve our goals.