Achieve Presence: the Rest is Grace
Think of your accomplishments. When you achieved what was truly original, creative and fresh, it happened. It was a gift. The gift was given when you were most deeply surrendered to the now, effortlessly centered in working at what you loved to do.
This is not a practice of contemplation, but skill in action. Work hard, but offer your work 100% in the present moment, without any concern for the future outcome. Here is the secret of success, as taught by Jesus: "My grace is sufficient." In Judaism, it is the humble offering of each mundane act as a Mitvah. This open secret is the essence of the Bhagavad Gita (2:47) and the Tao Te Ching (wei wu wei): action without a doer.
Presence turns work into Grace.