The Outcome

outcome quoteIt is time for another Championship season. We start that extra special training. We try to motivate our dojo mates to work harder and when we get the desired results, we celebrate heartily.  Today’s generation is all about goals. It may be your personal goals of winning a medal or may be to fetch great laurels to your great dojo. Whatever one does, the outcome is very important. But, is it?

In this world where success means so much, I guess it is helpful to have a set goal. As the world gets more goal oriented, we will dwell on those philosophical topics that are really important in whatever we do.(Don’t worry. Will try not to bore you)

So, what is really important?

  • Is the goal important?
  • Is good outcome important?
  • Is a bad outcome not acceptable?

“Goals are really important. Otherwise how will you know what to aim for?” If I got money for every time I heard this line, I would be really rich(super rich)

I agree goals are important, but I do feel that they are way over rated. Let me tell you what I feel about goals. They help to propel ourselves forward based on the goals we set, mountains can be conquered, it helps us to focus. But, what about when we don’t reach those goals? Is it the end of the road? Not at all.

Don’t worry, because Lord Krishna apparently will show us the way today(Not advertising any religion). He said these words which were later written into a book called Bhagavad Gita. It goes like this,

कर्मणयेवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि।

No need to worry. The translation is right around the corner.

It means,

“You have a right to perform your prescribed action,but you are not entitled to the fruits of your action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results your activities,and never be associated to not doing your duty.”

In simple words, outcome is not really as important as you think. It’s the journey that  matters. It all culminates to a simple truth. Whatever the outcome be, if you did not enjoy the process of reaching the outcome, it is of no use. The journey that you take up to reach that outcome, whether good or bad, should be of significance.

When we worry about the outcome so much, how can we even concentrate on the work to be done? Study suggests that people when stressed, do tend to under perform.

Now it is the time for a wonderful quote by the very famous Mr Miyagi. Hope you are ready.(The preferable answer is ‘Hai’!)

“If Karate used defend honor, defend life, Karate mean something. If Karate used defend plastic metal trophy, Karate no mean nothing.”

Medals and trophies are truly a good outcome that will represent all the fruition of your hard work. But, then what happens when the outcome is not so favorable? Its simple. Some mangoes are sweet, some aren’t.

Out of all unfavorable outcome, there is always one thing that can never be taken away from you. And that is your hard work and the improvement that you have achieved.

So, what will be your next goal? Improvement or Favorable Outcome? It’s just the matter of choice, isn’t it?

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About Karthik S Vailaya

Martial Arts enthusiast, Karate Black Belt 2nd Dan, Earnest Reader, Out of the Box Thinker. View all posts by Karthik S Vailaya

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