This quote is like a metaphor for our expectations.
(Although the obvious interpretation has much to say as well. Ahem!)
We control our actions. But not the outcome.
When we set off on a task, we have a goal in mind. An outcome. The task itself becomes outcome-focused. In fact, our success becomes dependent on the outcome.
If the outcome is not what we want, we feel like a failure.
But we must realise that the outcome is not in our control. The actions are, but not the outcome.
And this reality is something we fight against. Because our expectations get the better of us.
If I’ve put so much effort in, it has to be a success.
Instead, let’s focus on what is in our control. Let’s focus on how well we do the task. How do we show up? Are we doing our best?
When we focus on the task, we let the outcome take care of itself.
Our joy and success come from executing the task to the best of our ability.
Because when the outcome is not what we expect, we still did our best.
Align your expectations to the task. Not to the outcome.
Focus on execution. Do your best, and let the outcome be whatever it is.
Detach yourself from the result. And tie yourself to the action.
Show up. Act.