“We should work on the process, not the outcome of the processes” ~ Edward Deming
It is a well known fact in the world of archery, and the teaching is imparted early on by the renowned masters to their young pupils that everything is about aiming correctly. Where you place your feet, how you hold the bow, the way you breathe during the release of the arrow—it all determines the end result.
Awa Kenzo was such a zen master who took this art to the next level – he had perfected the mindfulness and the process to an extent that he was able to replicate the exact series of internal movements even without seeing the external target. This complete awareness of the body and mind in relation to the goal is known as zanshin – a Japanese word for a mind with no remainder – the mind completely focused on action and fixated on the task at hand.
We are often obsessed with the end goal and the outcome; leading to stress. However the true art lies in focusing on the process instead. The goal needs to be to embrace every piece of the process and to make it optimal such that the outcome becomes inevitable. In other words, setup conditions within the system that automatically optimizes the process thereby resulting in the desired outcome.
- If the goal is to write a book – Focus on a habit of writing 1000 words/day
- If the goal is to reach optimal fitness – Focus on setting up a habit and a schedule of nutritional diet and workout sessions with a personal trainer
- If the goal is to become financially abundant – Focus on solving problems for your clients and adding value
Trust the process!
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