Our minds are conditioned to getting somewhere; to arrive, to reach, to achieve, to making an effort.
Unfortunately, this mindset has filtered through into meditation as if meditation, or mindfulness, is but a tool that can be used to get better results, more financial success, an improvement in relation to self and others.
While there is no doubt that meditation can have these benefits, they can never become an objective of meditation itself as it defeats the very essence of meditation. These positive benefits are by-products of meditation.
The moment you are making these benefits as an objective, you are inviting conflict because you are sustaining and promoting two opposing mindsets namely of where you want to be and where you currently are.
This is so fundamental to meditation but often gets overlooked.