last updated March 1, 2021

Being is the foundation of doing

by Rob Arthur

It’s hard to know what to do sometimes.

When we do know what to do, it’s hard to actually do it.

We have a general sense of the kind of life we want to live.

We see the outcomes we want to create.

We understand how we want to feel.

So we start thinking about what to do to make it happen.

What steps we need to take.

The actions required to get there.

Yet, still, we struggle.

We’re not clear.

We don’t know exactly how to move forward.

We keep thinking that if we “do” the right thing, we’ll get to where we want to go.

There’s obviously some truth to this.

Our outcomes are driven by our actions.

But what drives our actions?

What determines what we do?

How can we make sure that we actually do it?

You might consider shifting your focus away from what you do.

Ask not what to do.

Ask who to be.

Being is the foundation of doing.

Who are you?

Who do you want to be?

See yourself as that person.

Live as that person.

Be that person.

Focus on being.

The doing will take care of itself.

It might not happen immediately.

If might not happen with ease.

It might not happen as you’d expected.

But it will happen.

As you see yourself as the person you want to be.

You’ll start thinking like that person.

Acting like that person.

Living like that person.

Your identity changes.

Your behaviors will follow.

You’ll still make mistakes.

You’ll still do the “wrong” thing at times.

You’ll still have to put in the work.

But you’ll be driven from a deep sense of identity.

You’ll be living as the person you want to be.

Creating that life.

One day at a time.

One action at a time.

You’ve got this.


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