How do your close friends describe you?
How does your family describe you?
How do your students describe you?
How do you describe yourself?
All of those descriptions might be true, but they might also mask your potential.
If you grip too tightly to the stories of who you think you are, you’ll never be open to what you can become. [Tweet this]
For example, you know me as someone who is a no-excuse-action-taking-don’t-stop-working kinda gal. I have never had a problem taking action.
My reputation so precedes me that often the first thing many people do upon meeting me is apologize for their lack of action.
It’s cool with me if I inspire the need for action in artists, but I have many other sides and so do you.
We get to make our own self-portraits.
Who Do You Want to Be?
A number of years ago, I began seeking a new spirituality that aligned with my personal growth.
“Seeking” isn’t really the right word. It’s more like I was hoping to become more spiritual. As if suddenly I would start being filled with spirit and attain enlightenment. Ha!
I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that my spiritual desire wasn’t fulfilled because I wasn’t doing anything to make it happen. I wasn’t living in my action-oriented mode. I was only hoping for spirituality to happen.
I want to share a quote that is meaningful to me, and I hope it serves you:
The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.
(As best I can tell, this quote can be attributed to fitness guru Bill Phillips.)
Think about it. You are in control of who you are – of how you show up in the world.
What are you doing that is contrary to who you want to be? For example: Gossiping, complaining, watching too much bad TV, or eating the wrong kinds of food.
Most importantly: What are you doing to support who you want to be?
And … Action!
I have since done something about this desire to live a more spirit-filled life.
The first thing I did was to initiate 99 days of prayer after reading this inspirational blog post that challenged readers to take action on something they’ve been procrastinating.
I have also been working with spiritual coaches, reading books to nourish my soul (I highly recommend The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World), slowing down, and resuming my yoga practice to create more space in my life.
I still have a long way to go on my spiritual journey, but I am committed to a daily practice. And it is a practice.
When you are creating the new self-portrait of who you want to be, negative thoughts and beliefs bubble up. Outside forces test your resolve. You must be committed to the practice.
It’s one step at a time, but your life vision won’t take shape without action – no matter how much hoping you do.
What Do You Do?
Please don’t misunderstand my action-oriented approach to mean relentless marketing. This isn't the case.
What is most important is that you take responsibility for your future – without complaints or excuses. You do what is required to be the best possible you. So …
Who do you want to be?
What is missing?
What’s stopping you from being that person?
What could you do immediately to be the person you want to be?
What are you waiting for?
One precious life is all you have. Don’t hope it away. [Tweet this]
Challenge: What do you commit to doing for the next 100 days that will get you closer to who you want to be?