Meditation Monday: How to Handle the Weight of Success and Failure Through Meditation
"You have control over your work alone, never the fruit."
-The Bhagavad Gita
Russell Simmons interprets it best in his book "Success Through Stillness", as he advises us to stop worrying about the amount of money we make off of our works (the fruit) but to enjoy the craftsmanship and purpose of our works instead.
As a person with huge dreams, and tons of goals and aspiration I know this weight very well. Mainly due in part by failure and a deep desire to expand the reach of this platform like I know it deserves. I've been at this thing for roughly...a year and a half now, and I've learned uncountable lessons through trial and error, and lack of effort.
That's right, I said it- LACK OF EFFORT. I had begun to bank an arsenal of best practices, tips, tricks, hacks, lists, info-graphs, pdf's, podcasts, daily emails, you name it. But I wasn't doing anything with the information I was recieving, so I 'd beat myself up for lost time, or shoulda, coulda, woulda's; which weighed highly on me.
Then once I flipped the script and started using everything I learned, things started looking up. My numbers and stats were doing MUCH better, I felt happier and more fulfilled, and everything was clutch, right? Wrong! The success brought about a new anxiety- GOTTA KEEP IT GOING! So I'd sit and take analysis, trying to figure out where I'd gone wrong. #Agony! The head games sometimes never end for entrepreneurial minded people, so i decided to STOP TORTURING MYSELF!
One day while in meditation, i discovered that I cannot control people and their interests. I cannot make them more interested in my creativity, just like other creatives cannot force their creations on me. It's natural and happens organically. It was that moment that I realized how beautiful the power of Stillness is for perception and perspective, because i never would have reviewed that charm of wisdom had I not been meditating, and i created a mantra to plant into my soul.
Mantra: I cannot control the outcome of my works. I can only trust that the quality of my work will yield others to my passion. I am living within my purpose and walking in my destiny, so I am fulfilled by the fruits of my labor, not by the harvest.