“Doing the ‘Doing’”
‘What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it’ (Goethe 1749-1832)
I have been sharing the wisdom of ‘Doing the Doing’ for nearly 30 years now after realising how often people thought they just had to ‘Cosmically Order’; Visualise; Pray; Meditate; Ask the Universe and it would all happen. All manner of things, you can add your own.
Yes, it can happen; it’s great that these ideas, doctrines, processes are used to propel your thoughts in the right direction. However, it then needs you to follow-up for the magic to happen. ‘Doing the Doing’ is where you really get moving forward.
The Past Experiences
For years I have watched people go to workshops; conventions; readings; Retreats; Join groups; see therapists; buy books they never read and more all because they want to ‘Find themselves and their reason for being here!
Have you been to those conferences with the well-known GURU’s only to find the usual groupies there hanging on every word (yes myself included!)? You begin to realise nothing is different, it’s the same content except it is dressed up in new clothes…
A quick Diva digression…did you know that Deepak Chopra once said that the word Guru meant ‘Gee you are you’ and that, ‘you are truly your own GURU?’
Well, all I can tell you is that from me and many of my tribe; ‘you have to get off those bums (fanny’s in the USA) and start the ‘DOING’ it won’t happen otherwise!’
Just because you are told to ‘Put it out there and it will materialise’ believe me without a good dollop of your energy; planning; thoughts; time; commitment; it will just be empty rhetoric!
My Challenge to you
Therefore I throw down this challenge to you. Come on peeps and join my tribe, start ‘doing the doing’ you all have dreams you want to get on with. Earl Nightingale said: “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it; the time will pass anyway.”
What is your ‘Doing’ what goals have you set yourself? Are you ‘doing the doing’ or do you just talk about it but never follow it through?
I have met many human beings who have so much potential, some fail to achieve their goals and visions because of not following through.
- Which are you
- Why might you fail?
- What enables you to achieve?
Oliver Burkeman recently wrote a great article echoing my thoughts on the topic – check it out
Your Excuse is?
Having travelled in all walks of life, observed, listened, mentored, shared, facilitated I regularly hear people say;
- I can’t…because of…
- I’ll do it tomorrow
- I’ll think about it
- ‘I don’t have time/money/space/support.’
Why not stop, began to think mindfully about what it is you want (this is where a few visualisations would help).
If you say you don’t have time you could use that space between the ‘mad monkeys’ that keep you awake and sleep, slip into your imagination/daydream beginning to build your vision. NOW is the time you can start to ‘do the doing’ – Wow how exciting will that be for you?
My Journey to ‘Doing the Doing’
My journey into ‘doing’ began over 45 years ago when I was told I couldn’t study to be a Nursery Nurse – through ‘doing’ I was privileged to be teaching on NNEB courses 20 years later.
As ‘factory fodder’ (career teacher speak for not very bright) I knew I wanted to achieve a degree but had to wait until I was 25.
I did several academic awards including two degrees and achieved top grades – proving them wrong.
I made a decision even as a single Mum, wanting to pay off my mortgage by the time I was 50, I succeeded at 49.
Yes, it took thinking outside the box and facing change, but you know what they say, ‘as one door closes another opens’ and it did for me and can for you.
In my 50’s I was in a wheelchair and was told I may not walk again – I can walk now; it took some lifestyle changes and a mindful process to enable this happen!
Recently I decided I would gather together much of what I had developed and shared with my tribe in the form of a workbook/manual.
Now I’m not the world’s best ‘Completer-Finisher’ yes, I’m a genius at procrastination on occasions, (but a brilliant delegator!). However, it took one of my students who has paper copies of all I do (she is not computer minded) to turn up to class with a blue folder of a year’s worth of my notes beautifully ordered.
She looked at me and said – “here’s your book” and in front of me was everything I had shared with her. Yes, it was at this point I knew it was my next ‘Doing the Doing’
Students Book of
A few days later another friend contacted my with a link to http://junowrimo.com/ I checked out and committed to 50,000 words in a month….and I got 37,678 done and the book is in the proofing stage at present. (not bad for 30 days)
I also ‘do’ lots of other tasks/goals rather than put them off as I dislike having ‘mad monkeys’/’Brain Spam’ whizzing round my head reminding of all the ‘rough stuff’ I have around and keeping me awake at night.
You have realised as I am sure, to achieve your dreams you have to get off your bums and get on with it, not just talk about it.
Therefore to give you a kick start; A further Challenge is:
Jot down one thing you want to do; now the planning begins, try the 5WH method;
- What do you want to do?
- Who else is there to support you?
- When will you start?
- Where do you expect this to take you?
- Why do you want to do it?
- How long have you allocated?
It may take you a few minutes/hours/ days/weeks/years (it took me several with the mortgage), but you will have started ‘doing the doing’ rather than talking about it.
Have a go at visualising how it will feel when you have done it, begin to feel that inner knowingness that it’s achievable.
It’s in your hands.
It’s OK not to know where you want to get to completely as it’s the journey you take which will enable you to decide on which path to finally take – you will have a choice.
Small steps are key to all ‘doing the doing’ – as Buddha said, ‘A journey of a 1000 miles beings with the first step.’
Therefore, what are going to be your first steps into achieving ‘Doing YOUR Doing’? When will you start to begin your journey? It will be an exciting time.
Until next time