Trying too hard

‘Whirlwind’ by Philip Dodson

When we try too hard all our energy is wrapped up in the result. The future outcome may or may not happen, as the future never occurs, it will always be now when or if we get there.

So the mind is constantly willing an outcome that only exists in our mind and therefore the energy does not go to the actual doing of the work in the now.

When we are actually doing work towards that future, with the focus only on the result, we are unable to concentrate on our work in a good way as we are full of anxiety about the future outcome that we are so desperate to achieve.

The outcome is not important, it is the actual focus on doing our very best now and nothing else. What we do now always creates the future, but we can’t predict the outcome today. We can choose to accept that by enjoying the process of work now and thus relieve the anxiety and pressure the expected result always brings.

The path of least resistance

In our short-term, instant gratification world, we have opted for the easy.

Send an email to many people for their input, tweet, snap, snip, post, share, repost, and so on. Click, click, click…multi-tasking ourselves round and round in circles of nothing of any note or value.

We have replicated the old school industrial measure of being productive, where the number of nuts or bolts we made that day could be measured against a clock, with a busyness of emails, meetings, chats, instant messages, and then like a giant human server we reply, simply processing data.

This path of busyness, shallow work, easily replicable and easy in all ways on the path of least resistance will lead to the path of nothing at all.

To do something of value, to do work that matters, to fulfil ourselves requires taking the path of most resistance, but we don’t because there is no metric to measure our productivity on that path. This path takes time, patience, bravery and the willingness to step out of the busyness circle.

What level of resistance we want is our choice and with any choice there are consequences.