In a world of entitlement, you are entitled to only one thing.
You are entitled to the work, but not the outcome is a paraphrase of the Bhagavad Gita the ancient Hindu scripture. Being entitled to the experience of the moment is all you have.
And when I came to that understanding it was a life changer.
For most of my life I have had a default mode of meeting the objective. The work varied greatly, but it was always target/completion oriented: from picking fruit during harvest, to public affairs, to getting a degree, it didn’t make any difference it was always outcome based.
Now I am not suggesting that a person should not have goals and objectives, but tempering that fever for a goal with understanding that you are only entitled to the work makes all the difference in the world. When you change your channel in this manner, time slows down, moments become valuable, and you are more present. This perspective falls into the world of mindfulness. Take commuting as an example. If my goal is to get to work, then almost everything becomes an obstruction, the emergency vehicle, the slow person in front of me at the convenience store, a new road construction, whatever life may through up into the path. I have a friend that says that her commute is just a giant video game, and when she arrives at work, she has an attitude of success, not frustration.
If you look at the commute with the fresh eyes of being entitled to the experience of life, the world changes. Pow! Just like that. Look, getting to work on time is important, absolutely, but being entitled to the drive is phenomenal.
Go give it a try, your next project, your next work day, your next class of martial arts, or yoga, set your intent to be that of entitlement to the experience as it presents itself.
So yes you are entitled to one thing, the experience, and little else.
And now here is about 2 minutes of comedian Louis C.K. pointing out how silly people can sound when they are not appreciative of the experience that is in front of them. http://goo.gl/jc4OBx
Kris Wilder, is a martial artist from Seattle Washington, the owner and head instructor at West Seattle Karate Academy, he has written some ten books on martial arts, and leadership. Kris travels internationally giving seminars on martial arts. He is also a member of Order of St. Francis.