From the wisdom of The Rolling Stones, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.”
Or, in a less pop-rock phrasing — resolve to find peace in the present moment.
No matter what plans you make and how much you may want something, sometimes you won’t get it, but that doesn’t mean you failed. And most often than not, plans don’t lay out the way we imagined them. Most of our inner turmoil comes from inner expectations and the external results, which for better or worse, we cannot control.
How do you find peace in the present?
Take every moment and be in it. Control what you are doing in the situation, not the distant future or how something is supposed to happen. Work towards your goals, but not at the expense of being in the moment.
It’s an exciting undertaking because you can start this very second. Be aware of yourself, where you are and what you are doing. Focus on what you’re doing and less on others.
You might find that you will achieve a goal with less stress along the way or discover a new one.
Or, you just might find, you get what you need.