I was on a flight from Mammoth back to LA yesterday. The guy sitting next to me was reading a book by one of my favorite authors – Don Miguel Ruiz. The book was “The Four Agreements.”
It’s a great book and I mentioned that I need to re-read it because the last time was years ago. He said the same thing – that the last time he read it was 4 years ago and that it’s amazing to re-read books like this when you are in a different space. I knew exactly what he meant. The book is on personal growth and discusses things such as not taking things personally, being forgiving, etc..
Then he said, “Reading it is the easy part, right? Doing it is a whole ‘nother thing.”
As soon as he said that we flashed each other a “Yes, most definitely” smile.
That short conversation inspired my blog post today, which is about JUST DOING IT.
Ever meet someone who gives great relationship advice but when it comes to being in a relationship of their own, they have a ton of problems? Or someone who has great ideas (i.e. “Wouldn’t it be cool if . . . ?”) but never takes steps to bring it to fruition? Or simply someone who talks over and over about things they want to be doing (i.e. “I need to eat healthier.”) but they continue to eat Skittles and bacon?
We are all guilty. Doing takes practice and one thing that my close friends have in common is that they all make their best effort to be “do-ers.” They practice what they preach. You can learn, educate, and know a million things, but what actually makes a difference in the quality of your life is . . . doing it.
So what are you going to do today?
For me, on a personal level, I am going to choose patience. On a practical level, I am going to the Shade Store and ordering curtains for my place. I’ve been putting it off forever.
You can think about it, talk about it, or do something about it.