You Can Not Learn Your Way Into BEing

Don’t think. Act.

We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted.
But we can accomplish nothing until we act.
~ Steven Pressfield  ~ Do the Work


I always wanted to be a writer. For as long as I can remember. I read books about being a writer. I read blog post, after blog post, after blog post about being a writer. And, I can’t learn my way into being a writer… to be a writer I must write.

I always wanted to be a meditator. For a really long time (not quite as long as I’ve wanted to be a writer, but close). I read books about meditating (and more and more books). I read blog post after blog post about meditating. And I couldn’t learn my way into being a meditator. To be a meditator, I had to meditate.

I always wanted to be more patient, and loving. This urge has grown since I became a parent. I’ve read books and books and books about it. I’ve read blog post after blog post. I, again, could not learn my way into being a patient and compassionate person. I had to just do it.

No matter what it is we want to be… we must do the work.

You don’t have to do all the work on the first day… but work you must. There will be many things that will stand in your way. The biggest of which will be yourself. There will be obstacles on your path. Distractions. But you must do the work. Your dreams, your desires, what you want to BE is worth it… but you’ve got to put one foot in front of the other. You’ve got to move forward. You’ve got to do the work.

Pick something. Anything. What will move you forward toward BEing what you want to be.

Do that thing today.

Phew. I just did. 319 words is a start. ;)

Do not think. act.

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