“Thou hast power only to act not over the result thereof. Act thou therefore without prospect of the result and without succumbing to inaction”. The allusion is to being dispassionate about the outcome and not assigning a personal pleasure-pain verdict. Pleasure-pain based assessment of the outcome contains seeds of despondency and dejection along with euphoria and elation. Keeping track of the outcome of you efforts is critical in determining the future course of action. An accurate impersonal reality check of the outcome of you efforts lends a vector attribute to subsequent efforts.
Adequate concern and analysis about the outcome “vectorises” future endeavours, particularly when the task to be achieved is monumental and distant. Reaffirmation of the trajectory in such situations remains the only solace and succour to cope with trials and tribulations on the arduous journey. Every endeavour has a scale element of physical hard work, sincerity and dedication. Genuine effort and vector dimension is about working smart in addition to working hard and this is what decisively impacts the outcome. Valour without strategy is either being immature or emotional. Emotion should remain as motivation and never take over navigation. Statistically it stands to reason that all cannot succeed.
Success and failure typically are complimentary. Ability to control the outcome would make the art of trying mundane and unromantic. Probability of failure elevates the efforts of courting success to an art form. The perspiration-inspiration rhetoric crucially needs navigation to ensure success. Action without prospect of outcome is undoubtedly spiritual but outcome without respect to direction is sophomoric.
When I survey my life it seems to me to be a useless one, devoted to impossible ideals. My activities continue from force of habit and in the company of others. I forget the despair which underlies my daily pursuits and pleasure. But when I am alone and idle, I cannot conceal from myself that my life has no purpose and that I know of no new purpose in which to devote my remaining years.
Failure in life is not final defeat. Failure means that a man has failed in achieving the first choice but he still has the second choice. For example, consider someone who is a voracious reader and by his/her own confession their study was done out of habit. Habit is a recurrent unconscious pattern of behaviour that is acquired. That becomes their weakness. . They studied a lot but merely out of habit, rather than the way of conscious planning. If you do something as a matter of conscious planning it will make you mind creative. But if you do something out as a habit then it will not develop creative thinking.
Doing something as a result of conscious planning develops a person’s mind and leads to creative thinking. A creative mind is a live mind which is in a position to take new decisions every moment. Experience shows that people generally lack creative thinking. The reason for this is that people mostly do not consciously plan their activities instead they work out of habit. Such people achieve nothing but force of habit. Conscious planning of life makes a person to achieve the goal and develop creative thinking.
Habit is a general term. It covers almost all human activities from becoming addicted to alcohol to being part of politics, everything comes under it purview. Those who do things by way of conscious planning can never become a victim of frustration.