Do your best and forget the rest!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Personal Development | 10 comments

We tend to measure success by the results of our efforts. Did I get what I want? If I got what I wanted I might say, “life is great!” What if I didn’t get what I want- does that mean life isn’t great? Is my measure of success based on life going my way and only my way? No way!

What I’ve learned is success happens when I simply do my best and forget the rest. My success isn’t measured by where I end up but how much I value the experience of getting there- wherever there happens to be! And when I do my best every day, success is the natural result of my actions.

The yoga principles of abhyasa and vairagya have taught me to be purposeful in my practice and let go of my attachment to the results. In yoga this might look like being mindful of my breath, proper alignment of my body so I don’t injure myself, and the joy and release I experience in pose. Not attaching to the results suggests I don’t judge myself for how far I can stretch into the pose, and this encourages me to simply do my best and let go. These principles help me be my best in life as they do in yoga. A deeper stretch will come with practice.

Focusing on doing your best is all it takes to be successful. Don’t believe me yet? Here’s how it’s worked for me.

Taking it one day at a time

I’m living this moment. Doing my best is making the best of this moment.

When I take life one day at a time I experience all there is in the present and enjoy it for all it’s worth. I’m not thinking about what will happen tomorrow, I’m living today to the fullest. I’m doing what I can with what’s in front of me today.

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
~Oprah Winfrey

Accept yourself as you are

I can only do what I can do. I may aspire to be more but first I must accept myself just as I am today. I literally can’t do more than I’m capable of right now.

If I want more than I have right now I must first know and accept myself just as I am today, and make the best of the person I am today.

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Practice makes progress

The more I focus on results over actions, the more frustrated I feel when the results don’t happen how and when I want them to. But when I shift my focus to doing my best just for today, I make progress on my goals.

Practice makes progress. I can enjoy the process when I do my best today and let go of the result.

“You are doing your best only when you are trying to improve what you are doing.”
~Mae West

Great results come from great actions

Before I can get results I have to do the work. Ah, so great actions come before great results. All I have to is my best at the work in front of me and the results will follow in due time.

 “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
~Og Mandino

All you have to do to be successful in life is wake up every morning and say, “how can I do my best today?”

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10 Comments

  1. Hi Chrysta!

    I have to say that your post is inspiring. I love all the tips you shared and have done some of them myself. I realize that life is too short. You never know what will happen during the day or the next day. For each day that I wake up to I try to enjoy it and make the best of it even though I may be stressing out from work.

    Thanks for sharing an inspiring post with helpful tips :)

    Melanie

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Melanie!

      I absolutely agree we don’t know what will happen next and that is precisely why I try, as much as I can, to enjoy the moment and let the future come.

      And I’m right there with you when it comes to stressing out about work. I do that, too. Most of the time a gentle reminder gets my head back on just doing the best I can right now. We never really get away from stress entirely, do we?

      I’m so glad you stopped by! Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  2. Do you know what I immediately thought of Chrysta when I started reading this? Those contestants that are on “The Biggest Loser”. They are the prefect example of just being able to do your best and forget about the rest. It will come when it’s suppose to.

    No one transforms their bodies over night, no one has instant success with their business and no one can do yoga perfectly after a few classes. Things take time so do your best and forget all the rest. It will come if you’re consistent and that my friend I know for sure.

    Great message today Chrysta, love this and the quotes you included.

    Now, enjoy your week young lady and just keep doing your best.

    ~Adrienne

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Adrienne!

      Great comparison to The Biggest Loser. While I don’t watch that show myself, you are right on that no goal is reached overnight, and focusing too intently on the goal can be discouraging and stifle progress. When we just do our best we will see results! Maybe not the exact results we wanted or in the timeframe we wanted, but results nonetheless!

      Thanks again for stopping by today! Have a great week, yourself, and have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  3. This feels like a “be the best you can” -day. earlier today my mom gave me a similar advice, when I was talking about this friend of mine who is always doing this and that (full-time grad-student, full-time restaurant manager, cake-baker, horse owner and trainer)and how I wished I had just a portion of that energy surplus. My mom then told me ” but dear, you cannot compare your life with that of others, we each have different paths to go in life, and ways of doing it”. By comparing myself with others I`m always left with this feeling of being less than, however, I realize now that I must do the best and forget the rest!

    • Thank you for your awesome comment and sharing your experience!

      Oh yes, my old frenemy comparison- how tricky it can be. When I start to compare myself to others it’s not always easy to get back in the right frame of mind. One thing that consistently helps me get back on a positive thinking track is simply doing my best and being thoughtful about whatever I am doing. I may not always get the results I want, but I can at least enjoy the process and celebrate my good work! I’m awesome in my own way and when I do my best my unique awesome shines through!

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  4. Chrysta you slay me…

    I opened this tonight, after an incredibly long and frustrating day of what now feels like spinning my wheels.

    Discouragement.

    Then, a deep breath, and I opened my email with this post…I had to come say thank you.

    I did my ultimate best. I am focusing on what is important.

    I’m not quite as discouraged…. more simply I feel tired. So, I am going to be done tonight and do my very best tomorrow to do my very best.

    Thank you, my friend.

    • Thanks for the awesome comment, Amber-Lee!

      I’m so pleased my post was just what you needed to read last night. It was what I needed to write, too, as I’m in the midst of a challenging work situation and I keep reminding myself the best I can do is my best and nothing more. If the results were not what I wanted or expected, well, that’s okay. I don’t always get to decide how things will work out and, let’s face it, things usually work out in the long run, don’t they?

      I hope you got some good rest last night and had a productive day today!

      Chrysta

  5. This is wonderful advice. Taking it one day at a time is something I really need to improve in my life. I’m often dwelling too much on the past or caught up in the excitement of the future.

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Samuel!

      I can always use a reminder to live life one day at a time. Like you, I can get sucked into dwelling on the past or focus all my energy on all the excitement of the future. Life can even still be reasonably satisfying living this way but it only seems to be satisfying for a short period of time before I realize focusing on today is how I create a consistently great life instead of getting dizzy from the highs and lows of yesterdays and tomorrows.

      I’m so glad you stopped by! Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

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