by Sandra Ford Walston
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Doing” generally involves a list of things to accomplish : earn another certification, land a new account, secure another promotion. In fact, our fast-paced culture encourages us to identify ourselves by what we do.
Unfortunately, doing can become a career trap with the tools of the modern office serving as a high-tech hamster wheel. This incessant multi-tasking not only leads to unfocused, error-prone work, it also narrows the possibility to perceive your true Self beneath the scripted layers of ego personality, defined by what you do.
We are so wrapped up in what we are doing, we choke any joy or self-fulfillment.
Wayne Teasdale writes in The Mystic Heart, “By contrast, ‘being’ comes from a peaceful inner space that reveals our deepest, most genuine identity. The depths of our being, where we come face to face with ourselves, our weaknesses, and with ultimate mystery.” Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth, shares this viewpoint from a different angle: “The collective disease of humanity is that people are so engrossed in what happens, so hypnotized by the world of fluctuating forms, so absorbed in the content of their lives, they have forgotten the essence, that which is beyond content, beyond form, beyond thought.”
“Just do it,” does not cut it anymore.
Rediscovering our heart and spirit requires the stillness of being. Once a state of being is achieved, the necessary actions flow naturally, efficiently and without effort.
To allow your true Self to manifest its best possible work requires your mind to be still and present (i.e., instead of replaying past moments or projecting future events.) As your introspective practice (meditation, journaling) quiets your mind, you can begin to manifest fulfillment and satisfaction at work by eliminating the old scripts, the obstacles that shape and limit your perceptions about your life.
Stillness offers you the opportunity to recognize and transcend those limiting perceptions.
Being requires contemplative practice, a discipline that forces us to unplug and slow down so that we can discern the way to our true identities. Living more deeply, we begin to diminish setbacks and to recognize the obstacles that undermine our ability to follow a vibrant, rewarding career path.
Because this place of being defies mental understanding, each person must experience it in his or her own integral way. By adopting a contemplative practice, we stop, both physically and mentally, and focus our attention internally, opening ourselves to the deeper levels of our being. We diminish StuckThinking™ in exchange for a new state of consciousness; hence, a new identity.
Sandra Ford Walston is known as The Courage Expert and innovator of StuckThinking™. Featured on the speaker circuit as witty, provocative, concrete and insightful, she has sparked positive change the lives of thousands of leaders each year. She found that there is a direct correlation between your success quotient and your courage quotient. She is the internationally published author of bestseller COURAGE The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman, the follow-up bookSTUCKand FACE IT! All three books are based 20 years of original courage research. She is certified in the Enneagram and MBTI® and she is a Newfield Network coach. Please visit www.sandrawalston.com.
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