Doing Versus Being
Updated: Jan 16, 2022
I want to talk about the concept of doing versus being.
We live in a culture of extreme productivity. We are such an achievement-driven society.
Consider how much of your identity is tied to, and defined by, what you’re doing and how you’re doing it? While we need to "do" to get shit done, it's also important to make sure we are "being" so we can integrate.
I spent most of 2020 in doing mode. I had to pivot my entire life and business. I bet you did too. And as a result, we had to do a lot.
In 2021, I want more being.
Last week I proposed a challenge to my team to stop doing/working after 7 PM and just be for the evening. I wanted them to get off their devices, email, whatever, and be with themselves.
Then I asked them to examine how this being made them feel.
Was it easy to get offline and stop working? Did it make them anxious or stressed? Was it empowering? Were they comfortable or uncomfortable?
There was no good or bad in any of this. It's only the experience of your feelings and bringing more awareness. Some team members embraced it, while others admittedly struggled. It was a range of experiences.
Many people think life purpose is connected to what they do professionally (again more doing). However, your life purpose is to live. It's not something you do. It's something you experience and learn from the greater meaning.
You'll never experience your life if you're always in doer-mode.