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Someone asked me about the difference between focusing on outcome and planning.

I had a chat with Eloheim about it as I was driving to the post office and here’s the short version.

Planning is focusing on the step you are on, setting a trajectory, and opening to the possibilities that open as you go.

Outcome is focusing on a specific “down the road” step. A specific person, job, house, etc and trying to pull that to you.

Here are some highlights from a Facebook conversation on the topic.

Veronica: I think we tend to be in outcome when there is “a lot on the line” and we are desperate to control the situation. That’s the precise moment when we need the flexibility of uncertainty to bring in new insights and we tend to contract and fall back on old patterns.

Those patterns haven’t given us solutions in the past, however they are familiar and “any port in a storm” seems to rule.

Takes discipline to do it differently.

Very easy to slip into old patterns and then beat up on yourself that “nothing works.”

Veronica: Outcome/Certainty = constriction
Feels “normal” thus returned to: familiar suffering of fake certainty

In the moment/Uncertainty = flexibility
Feels “unusual” thus avoided: interpreted as danger mostly because you can’t “prove/reproduce/control” results and hesitate to lean into something that doesn’t offer (fake) certainty.

Kate: Since E’s explanation, I realize I can feel the difference between the two in my body. Planning feels “here and now” and my energy feels solidly in the body but with outcome my energy feels “somewhere else” waaaay out of my body. Interesting!

Veronica: Here’s a fun example from me: I sent some decks of cards to Kate. When I put them in the box, the label wrapped around the box in a weird way and the Post Office man frowned at me. because he had to type the numbers in rather than scan them.

I offered to re apply the label, twice, but he said no it’s ok.

I just messaged Kate asking if the cards had arrived and found myself saying PLEASE SAY YES over and over again. LOL

As if, it is some life threatening thing and not about $30 worth of stuff.

OUTCOME. How do I know that the cards arriving is the “good” outcome? I don’t. I put myself under stress wanting that outcome. I suffered at my own hand.

What are your experiences with planning and outcome?


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