“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” - Arthur Ashe
Practicing mindfulness is a simple self-improvement technique, but complicated and difficult to execute while living a modern day-to-day life. A simple method for practicing mindfulness or self-awareness is for a person to realize that how they do one thing in life is how they carry out every other action. It is more valuable for an individual to understand their behavior patterns, rather than the person focusing solely on achieving a set of goals without conscious awareness: the process of mindful living naturally leads a person towards accomplishing their goals. A mindful person understands that if they are going to do something, it should be performed to the best of their ability.
More often than not, and due to modern pressures, a person is compelled to complete a task to 80% of their ability to get the project done and stop working when it is sufficient. However, by sacrificing their integrity in order to keep up with the fast pace of modern life, cutting corners, and not performing to the best of their ability, an individual begins to develop the habit of laziness and mediocrity. By accepting mediocrity in one area of life, a person accepts mediocrity in all other areas of life. Mindful living is practiced when a person does their best without being a perfectionist.
For individuals who are consistently late with deadlines at work and have the habit of not paying close attention to details, chances are these characteristics are seen in their personal life and relationships. People who often find themselves having conflict with friends and family will probably discover that there is strife in other areas of life. A mindful person who realizes that how they do one thing in life is how they carry out all other actions, wakes up every morning ready to kick life in the ass, regardless of what they are faced with each day. Mindful people approach every challenge as the most important thing. They talk to each person as if they were the most important person. Treat each client as if they were your most important client. Maybe if you begin to practice mindful living with the understanding that if you are going to do something, it should be performed to the best of your ability, you will begin to live your dream life. May all beings be happy and free, and may all our thoughts, words and actions contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom of all.