Act Before You Think
The most difficult part of writing is drafting the first sentence. Believe it or not, those eleven words you just read took about fifteen minutes to put together. Oh, I knew what I wanted to write about. I had my plan as to where this blog was going, but I needed to think of a powerful first line to capture your attention – the perfect start that would inspire you to continue on to the next sentence. And the one after that, and the one after that, and so on. But how could writing eleven words take so long? Basically, I was thinking about it too much. I couldn't make a decision because I was thinking and not creating.
Creating has a different energy than deciding. Deciding says, “I’ve got a process; I’ve got to think this over.” It's a way we procrastinate and try to think it all out, whereas creating allows us to look deep inside and realize that we already knew what we wanted to do. When we trust in ourselves; when we conquer those areas of our minds where fear, doubt, insecurity, and anxiety live; when we learn to trust ourselves, that's when we reach the place where it’s almost like creation on demand. We're in the flow. We're at ease. We're in motion before we even realize we started moving. We're already taking action. It’s a seamless movement: from feeling the thought to committing the action. It’s like one big boom that comes from a high level of trusting ourselves.
In your heart, there exists faith, trust, and love; everything is pure. So when you have a feeling, by definition, it’s pure, it’s real, it’s you. The distance between your heart and your head is about a foot and a half. In that foot and a half, your feelings go through a long process of deliberation. We sort through them. We waste time and energy analyzing them – analyzing what we already know is true and pure and real!
We think, “Oh, is this gonna work for this? But what about this?” And it's complete agony. But, when we put the faith and trust in ourselves and begin acting, then we're creating! Acting before we think. How that’s for a philosophy?
Live on Fire!
D. Luke Iorio, CPC, PCC, ELI-MP
President & CEO
Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC)