No “I” in the Outcome
Eugen Herrigel, the author of a 1948 classic, Zen in the Art of Archery, offers a thought of dis-identification from the outcome of one’s performance:
The Arrow is the Extension of your Arm.
The Arm is the Extension of your Body.
The Body is the Extension of your Mind.
Your Mind is the Extension of [the arrow of] your Consciousness.
Generally, however, recognize:
When you release the bowstring of your performance and when the arrow of your behavior hits or misses the target (objective/goal), you are still standing where you were standing, you are still you, regardless of the outcome.
You were there before any given outcome, and you will be there after a given outcome. But this outcome came out of you. It would not have happened without you.
You are not the outcome of the outcome; it’s the outcome that is the outcome of you. You are not your performance, you are the one who performs.
I am not the outcome of what I do! I am not the outcome of my performance! There is no “I” in the outcome!
[adapted from Lotus Effect]
Related: Aiming Your Mind
Somov, P. (2011). No “I” in the Outcome. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 23, 2017, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-living/2011/02/no-%e2%80%9ci%e2%80%9d-in-the-outcome/