So many people are so worried that they are going to fall behind so they act all hurried through the day and are busy always that they are not going to be successful. This depends on what you term “success”, but even in the world of competitive business or the arts, if you are anxious, nervous, fearful like most are, you are actually paradoxically less likely to achieve success.
Your natural creativity, your natural ability to produce good work is hampered by your fears that you will not be successful. Indeed, you will be paralyzed, and likely spin your wheels at your work, unable to work efficiently at the task at hand. Not only again are you not being mindful and meditative, but you are losing your present moments yet again, not living, paralyzed by the thoughts that you must keep on piling on things in your in-box—lest you become left behind at your workplace.
A person looks around them, and is so afraid that they will become a failure and not succeed at something. So they rush through their work day and rush through even their relaxation days in the aims to climb whatever ladder they are looking at. But that very act of rushing is counterproductive. If you look at the most successful and the greatest artists, they worked from their heart and their love, not from anxiety and stress. The only thing that rushing will do is affect your overall health, sleep, and well being. It won’t make you more creative, and will generally hinder your being able to accomplish something.
Sit back and think about what you are thinking about right now. Chances are, one of those thoughts are a chilling fear of failure in life. And what is that really doing for you? If you are like most people, you will start to feel overwhelmed and hopeless as you gauge your ability and chances of success with those around you.