One of the most helpful lessons I learned in my life is to not be emotionally attached to the outcome of my efforts. I know you just read the last line here but did you comprehend it? Think about that! What would it mean to you in your life if you could give it all you’ve got and then let it go?
When this idea was first presented to me I began working to incorporate it into my life; I recall it acting as a great filter and being very effective in helping me to let go of stress. An example of the application of this executive coaching concept in my life played out like this:
It had been an extremely long day in real estate. I was working on a transaction that had been very difficult to put together. Things had been touch and go with this deal for the past several days. This transaction stood to Net me about $12,000 and it was during a time that I could really use the income. That evening I was watching the Yankees play and hanging the clothes that had accumulated in the chair in the corner of my bedroom all week when I realized my gut was in knots. I was really worried about this deal falling! I asked myself this question:
Have you done all you can do to make this thing go?
The answer was NO! I could send one more email offering one final perspective in the negotiation. I immediately dropped the clothes I was hanging, went to my office and sent the email. As I entered back into my bedroom, turned the game back on and started again hanging the clothes my mind was at peace. There was an over-riding feeling that was speaking to me saying:
“You’ve done your best; now forget the rest.”
Now in my daily efforts; I have with me a great sense of peace no matter what it is I am in the midst of. After all I can do, I let it go and expect great things! I hope you can too.
Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa