We are an outcome-oriented society. Many times being obsessed with the goal of a cause. Believing that if the outcome is good so therefore will the results also be good. Which is not true. Outcomes precede the results according to this logic. So the outcome of an event is never the result. Outcomes are a product of effort and achievement. Who we become mentally, physically, and spiritually determine the results.
Many fitness directed programs aim for an individual to lose weight, and often times this does become the outcome. Yet often the result ends up being relapse weight gain. Leading to a feeling of failure and thus diminishes the quality of effort and achievement the individual strives for going forward.
So a good outcome can lead to bad results, bad to good, bad to bad, or good to good. These are not the predictors of what will certainly happen. I think that we should shift our focus away from both the outcome and the results of a cause, and begin to emphasize these variables effort and achievement. We are absolutely overlooking these two virtues.
I’m not going to say that we’re a society not giving much effort these days. Quite the opposite. Except it’s the direction we are giving the effort. We give more detail into complaining and finding reasons why we don’t have time than we do into actually explaining and elaborating on our emotions. It is as if we are trying to be negative these days and do not want to be happy. This goes in hand with achieving.
There is one thing with achievement we are all well too conditioned to believe is the ultimate good. Success. We act as if success is achievement and that failure is un-achievement. Success and failure are both something that are achieved. We must embrace both; for both can lead to great teachings.
Anymore my aim is to simply do a good job to the best of my abilities and absorb as little of it as possible to my ego. Even beyond exercise. At this time, it seems to be the best option for me to become who I want to be. In doing so, I have more energy by not taking measure to the outcome and expecting any results from it.
Trey Tompkins is a local resident who writes fitness columns for the Record-Herald.