Tag: achievement


             “…achievement is the result of what is done well and … there is no need for misery to be able to do so.”                                                                                                                                                                                                      Moshe Feldenkrais


From “The Elusive Obvious” Page 28

14. Believe

Cloud_BoucherAh, that elusive goal. You dream of the day when you attain it, imagining what life will be like when you do.

Then you stop yourself dead in your tracks, reining yourself in because the thought of actually obtaining your dream is too big, too far-fetched, too far off to imagine. BUT – YOU CAN if you believe.

Like Dorothy whose adventures in OZ offered a mirror of self-imposed complexity and the unwillingness to look inside for the answers (and the truth), YOU possess the ability to achieve the seemingly impossible. That achievement begins with believing.

What does it mean to believe – in yourself and in your goal?

Contrary to what you might expect, believing is not about blindly plunging forward in hot pursuit of a mysterious something out there. No. To believe is to trust – in yourself and in the process of learning and adapting.

Belief requires that you BE – ever present to shifts in your attention, effort, direction, emotions, thoughts and accomplishments. Belief means seeing that you are ON the path and gently bringing yourself back when you wander off.

How do you know you are ON the path? Simply put you are on the path when you do NOT struggle.

That is not to say that your life will proceed without storms or the occasional fallen branch blocking your way. Those things happen to EVERYONE.

It’s what you do when the unexpected happens that matters.

If you BELIEVE, a disruption is simply a disruption – a chance to re-assess, catch your breath, open your eyes to the possibility of a wider, easier path than the one you are on. To the non-believer, a disruption is cause for alarm, an excuse to abandon self and goal, the catalyst for a flurry of mind-less effort that leaves you winded and wounded.

IF you are attending to yourself, staying clear of story-land and struggle, you are well on your way to believing and achieving. How will you remind yourself to gently come back to you?

13. Set a Fuzzy Goal

Wooden_TreeWhat is a goal? Is it an endpoint? Or, could it be something more – a way station on the way to something bigger, better, MORE than you can possibly conceive?

When you think of a goal as an endpoint, it becomes easy to fixate on achieving. In the process you kick into high gear and find yourself knee deep in the habitual strain that accompanies the desire to get somewhere and get there now.

That strain, in turn, results in excessive and often inefficient effort that paradoxically works to keep you from achieving the very thing you desire. Or achieving in a way that finds you exhausted and unsure of how you got to where you are or where to go from there.

The antidote to all that strain is to set a “fuzzy” goal, to look at your desired outcome as a POSSIBILITY instead of an ultimate. When you do that, when you let go of “achieving”, you slip into learning. There, in that state of potential, you open yourself to the possibility of more – higher achievement, greater efficiency, greater and more success. ALL in a way that is repeatable.

Learning is the state in which you take small actions, notice what happens, assess the impact and make small adjustments in the direction of your desire. Learning allows you to let go of the effort that holds you back, it clears you to find ease and efficiency in your actions. Learning awakens you to your true potential. It broadens your horizons and creates the possibility of exceeding the limits of your imagination.

Achieving, on the other hand, is the state of pushing ahead regardless the cost. Achieving means putting on blinders, focusing only on your goal even if you have no clear idea of how to get there. It leads you forward without concern for the effects of your actions – on yourself and the world around you. Achieving limits you to what you can conceive. It has a finite endpoint with no hope of something better.

Push to achieve or pay attention to learn. One may get you to your goal. The other may well take you there and beyond. Which will you choose?