“It’s not just what’s inside you, it’s what you do that defines you!”
I heard this phrase recently, and it made me think quite a bit about how we do or avoid things.
When I first heard this phrase I thought, “That can’t be right, what we are inside makes a huge difference… our passion, our love, our values”, I recently thought this phrase was so wrong…
Then I started thinking, and soon other phrases start to pop into my head that actually supported this statement on so many levels. For example:
“All it takes for evil to flourish, is for good men to do nothing.”
A more contemporary phrase is, “Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk!”
And from the book ‘Magic Kingdom’ – “What you do thunders above your head is so loudly, I cannot hear a word you say.”
I started to realise that you can have all the passion and intent in the world, none of that really matters until you put it into action. Not activity… which is just doing stuff, but action – on purpose, which creates results that impact on yours and others reality.
Too many of us hold back, spending time learning about ourselves, our world, the universe, without realising that knowledge without purpose… active purpose, is as fruitless as no knowledge at all.
The greatest inspirations in history were men and women of action, some of that action was spectacular, for example, creating atomic fusion, exploring outer and inner space. Some of it has been sublimely subtle, like helping lepers in India, but action, it is nonetheless…
So back to the statement, ‘If what we do, defines us’, then we really need to look at how we do what we need do.
How do we move through the world, to make it a better place, not just for us, but for others? What is our purpose in life? Why are we here? What do we need to do to make us better people? Who do we need to connect with to fulfil our lives? Where do we start to achieve what we want to achieve?
These are pretty amazing questions, and each and every one of us is going to answer them in a very, very different way.
For my part, I would like to make a suggestion. It is only a suggestion because I feel that this may be valuable for me, and hopefully, it could be valuable to you, if for no other reason than to give you an idea to set you on your own path.
When I quit smoking, what helped me was to have a small daily goal. Now I know the word goal has a lot of different connotations for different people, however, I use the word goal in its broadest sense. My small daily goal was very simple, it was to ‘not light a cigarette… today’. When I got to tomorrow, my goal was to ‘not light a cigarette… today!’
I kept this up, until I had actually quit smoking.
If we select any goal, whether it is to quit smoking, or to lose weight or to learn public speaking or to simply learn how to make scrambled eggs, when we follow a simple daily goal, we will be able to achieve what we set out to achieve, taking action, real action. This daily goal needs to be simple and achievable, and something you can focus on every single day without too much difficulty.
By achieving our goals, one day at a time, our results start to define us in a very real way. So, as I challenge myself, I challenge you, to find out what it is you want to achieve, set a small daily goal, and move forward in your life, one day, one moment at a time.
I look forward to hearing about your successes, as you define yourself, and as you change your reality around you.