Work — an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.
This is the definition of “work”, which literally means that at all time when working, one is supposedly inclined towards the achievement of a purpose or result.
So, why do we relentlessly strive while working? How does the “striving” come into play?
Is it that our mind plays tricks on us and we don’t pay attention to the actual experience of work or simply we were taught that way to be striving instead of experiencing?
Since our birth on this planet, we had our parents, teachers, and mentors guiding us through this journey. But, what if they themselves do not know what they are doing and ended up influencing our original outlook of life and work.
Work is closely related to our life because it is the individual that provides the necessary energy to make the work happen. You go to the office or on-site, and what happens is pressure from a client or boss comes disrupting your actual experiencing of work and then you pivot towards relentless striving to achieve that particular purpose or result.
We cannot change the definition of work, nor work can be stopped as it forms part of our existence. But we can change our mindset from “striving” to “experiencing.”
Let’s say you do not like what you do for a living but need that job to be secure financially.
I’ve observed this among my friends, family and acquaintances. All they do is whining about their situation, how their work takes all their time and energy and completely drains them out, finally they do not even have time for themselves.
The whining is common among people who reside in the “relentless striving” mindset. Maybe you are in that position right now or knows someone who fits this example perfectly.
Let us come back to how things work behind the scenes. First thing, everything is energy(it takes a while to fully accept this).
By definition, work means to involve mental or physical effort. So effort literally means energy in this context, be it mental or physical — it is energy.
Energy is fine when one is summoning it for work but is the mindset fine? When that energy passes through the brain which is in “striving” mode, your body stresses out and unconsciously invest all of its energy in striving for work.
That is why you drain out quickly — mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
When one shifts the mindset from striving to experiencing, a strange thing starts to happen. You start to love what you are doing, and this is not difficult actually, you have the power to love something or someone. And then you slowly start to develop a passion for that work.
Guess what now . . .
No whining and feeling drained because when you love what you do instead of draining out of your energy, that same work will give you energy because love is present.
Experience teaches wisdom.
So, don’t you ever again strive in vain, pivot to “actual experience” — and see the difference for yourself.