I’ve been doing X, why don’t I see the result?

“I’ve been doing the Yoga exercises for 3 months, I don’t see the benefits described by the testimonials”“I’m subscribed to the investment portfolio for 1 year, I don’t see the returns”“I’ve been increasing vegetables to my diet for 30 days, I don’t see my weight going down”Sometimes when we go through a process to achieve a certain result, we pay a lot of attention to the result but not the process. For example, I’m doing Yoga, I pay attention to the peace of mind and pleasant sensation that I should get but do not pay attention to the extra oxygen I get in my brain, the comfort of a straightened spine, the control of mind with the control of breath. For example, I’m doing investment, I pay attention to the returns that I should get but do not pay attention to the reduced volatility, the counteracting of short term flows between components of the portfolio, the balancing mechanism taking advantage of low prices. For example, I’m eating food, I pay attention to the taste of the food on my tongue and weight, but do not pay attention to how my body feels afterward, the smoothness of the digestive process, the evacuation process. I’m not talking about dismissing instant gratification, I’m talking about experiencing the process. People want to make the result the whole of it. I’m saying the result is only a part of it. If we do not pay attention to the process, we might end up dismissing it. If we do not pay attention to the process, we may cut it short and come to the wrong conclusion that it did not work. As a saying goes: if you want mango tree, you don’t pay attention to the mangoes, you look at the soil, the water, the shit (fertilizer). One day mango will come. If you pay attention to mango but pay no attention to the soil, water and shit; you will only get shit.

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