That may seem like an odd question but stick with me here. There are two integral parts of this thought.
- I’m asking ‘who’ you are being not ‘what’ you are doing.
- “Right now” infers I do not mean yesterday, an hour ago, an hour from now, or tomorrow. I mean right now in this moment.
Let’s find out-
Most often we focus on what we are doing, how we are feeling, or what we are looking to get out of the situation. I’m thinking that we might be more successful in reaching our goals if we look deeply at who we are being.
We spend so much time contemplating what we want, what we don’t want, and wonder how to get to the next level. But what if we took a little control of the situation and asked the simple follow up question…WHO would we have to be to achieve all we desire?
What decisions would we have to make? What would we need to focus on? Who would we surround ourselves with? It is the ongoing process of deciding how to react to each situation that defines who we are.
While doing some reading by inspirational teacher Benjamin Zander I found that he uses a Japanese phrase Ichi-go ichi-e that expresses the ideal of the way of the tea. It’s roughly translated as “one encounter; one opportunity”. This means simply that we should cherish every meeting for it will never happen again.
So, my question to you right now is, what are you doing with this encounter, and more importantly, Who are you Being?
Action Step: Grab an elastic band and put it around your wrist. At various points throughout the day snap it and think…who am I being right now?
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