Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu (399 – 295 B.C.) illuminates the hazards of fixation on outcome. His words are as relevant now as they were centuries ago. Notice how you relate to this.
When an archer is shooting for nothing, he has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle, he is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold, he goes blind or sees two targets —
He is out of his mind!
His skill has not changed. But the prize divides him.
He thinks more of winning than of shooting –
And the need to win drains him of power.
Reflection: What happens when you’re attached to outcomes in your plans, activities or relationships? This includes the need to win, be right or possess. What happens when the need to control outcomes is relaxed?