Do your best, and forget the rest.
How you can create more, focus on your efforts, and not care about the outcome.
Epictetus, a Stoic philosopher, said:
“Some things are within our power, while others are not. Within our power are opinion, motivation, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever is of our own doing; not within our power are our body, our property, reputation, office, and, in a word, whatever is not of our own doing.”
There are things you control and things you don’t. Our job is to focus only on the first.
This idea is also known as the Dichotomy of Control in Stoicism.
Doing the work is within your control. For instance, consider the following:
- The time you get up and start working.
- The number of hours you spend doing your work.
- The number of hours you spend scrolling on your phone and wasting your time.
- The skills you learn.
- The people with whom you spend the most time with.
All these are within your control. You can choose to do (or not do) them.
In short, you control your actions, thoughts, and behavior. Become aware of what you control and focus on those.
Writers complain their articles aren’t getting many views. They say their followers aren’t growing as they want it. They want to make more money but can’t seem to do so.
Their mistake is they are focusing on the wrong things. Views, likes, shares, followers, and earnings are beyond our control.
These are outcomes that we can do nothing about. We might influence them a little by sharing or advertising. But the final results are never under our power.
We can only focus on our efforts. We can do the work to the best of our capability.
“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to…