Swami Parthasarathy says that is not what you do but how you do things that makes an action successful (and for that matter, makes YOU succesful). When you do a thing with an attitude of service, you are doing a pure, selfless action. You do it without any motive–without suffixes or prefixes. You do the job without attaching anything to it. You don’t let your ego get in the way. You don’t get attached. You create space within yourself so the universe can work through you.
If you are a plumber, you do plumbing. You don’t attach any negative judgment on your work. If you are a street sweeper, you sweep the streets. You don’t wallow in resentment and self-pity. If you are a teacher, you teach. You don’t linger for one moment and think, “I’ve spent my whole life teaching kids and no one even bothers to thank me. These people are so ungrateful.” When you add your motives to a situation, you are creating negativity that causes stress within and around you. Why not let things be, and let the universe work its magic?
Look at nature. The sun shines and gives light without any motive. The rain comes and waters the trees and the plants without any motive. The trees bear fruit without any motive. The flowers give fragrance and beauty without any motive. Everything in nature is one with the universe and has no motive. Only humans separate themselves from the totality and have motives–and only humans have stress and therapy sessions. Every situation was meant to be so you have to let it be.