I have had a few discussions lately that have either been directly about letting go of outcomes, or should have been about letting go of outcomes. What I am finding is that, even in this ever enlightened age, there are many people that are still consciously focused on certain outcomes of certain actions, or are unconsciously focused on certain outcomes of certain actions. And this focus on achieving certain outcomes can limit the possibilities of your actions, which isn't good for you, and it isn't good for your potential.
Now this is not to say that you shouldn't focus on an end result - when you set yourself a goal you have to remember everyday what it is that you are trying to achieve ..... but, and this is a HUGE but .... you have to not get so attached to the end result being a certain way, or resulting in a certain feeling, etc. A perfect example (that is NOT a swimming example - say WHAT?!?) is when I was at University - in my first year I had no idea what I was doing, all I knew was that I was doing art and that was what I loved. Then my competitive nature emerged. We had a young woman from Iran to Australia to study Fine Art at my University. Maryam was so lovely, kind, warm, and extremely smart - she had ditched the engineering degree she was doing in Iran to come and study art in Australia - and she immediately went to the top of our class with her marks. I remember looking at my 1st year results, passes and credits, and then looking at Maryam's distinctions and High distinctions and thinking - daaaaaaaamn I want that! So I set my self a goal, by third year I wanted to be averaging distinctions across all my subject areas. I set myself the goal, and then I set to work to make it happen. I asked my lecturers constantly for advice on how to make my marks better, I worked with their advice, and slowly saw my marks improve; by the end of 2nd year I had my distinction average. By the end of third year? I had a high distinction average and finished top of my year .... yes you read that right, I finished top of my year! My initial goal was to simply get a distinction average by my third year, but dang!! I got much more than I bargained for - in a GREAT way.
Now I could have simply limited myself to reaching that end result of getting distinctions, I could have settled with my outcome, being enveloped and coddled by the outcome, been content in that moment without ever recognising my true power.
Whether you reach an outcome or just fall short, to limit yourself to a particular end result is to limit your power and your strength. If you look beyond your limit, to either an outcome that totally surprises you, or completely exceed an outcome and achieve more than you thought possible (just as I did at uni, or even what I did with swimming, with moving to the UK, with becoming self employed) you free up your life to be more successful then you could ever dream. By opening yourself up to the journey and what you can learn on that journey, by being curious about the path and the paths that will inevitably open up to you, the outcome you expect will in all likelihood feel unsatisfactory if you achieve it, whereas the unexpected outcomes will excite you, make you crave the journey again, to see the true possibilities unfold in intriguing and challenging ways.
So where are your limits? Write them down, list them, contemplate them. Write a story about where you have limited your possibility for success, how you did it, and why .... and then rewrite this story with a limitless outcome. Rewrite this story with a change in your behaviour and attitude, with a more optimistic and infinite power vibe, and let this be a remembrance of what has been before, but what can be now and in the future. You have the power to change your outcomes - by being conscious of and freeing your limits.
Become limitless and watch miracles flow in.
"Your Determination is Limitless"
- Elizabeth Wright