Nike made it popular. But did we ever take it and run with it? “Just do it!” My girlfriend and I were having lunch together and the topic about our life’s profession came up. She is bored in her work and would like to get into something more creative and artistic. In an ideal world, maybe she’d think, “Just do it!” and find congruence with her inner self “just” like that.
However, taking action isn’t only about energy, interest, boredom. But what is it? What is it that makes one person take action and another think about it and move on?
One answer has to do with hard wiring. Some temperaments find that thinking about it is almost as good as doing it. Imagining what they would have done pretty much satisfies their drive. Others find that taking action that leads to completion, decisions, just doing “It”, feels like boxes, closing in, closed doors. They feel separation anxiety just imagining the distance growing between them and their beloved Options. For these people, maybe the perspective of “Just do it” should be different from our cultural definition. For them, doing it may mean doing what they do best – grazing their ideas, options, journey. They are best at playing through life so to speak.
Western culture measures work generally by the opposite of this, although the truth is, our life’s work is what we were designed to do and be best at. What looks like play to someone is in fact “good work” for another. What looks like work to another, looks like something they’d rather jump over a cliff than do.
If we want to really get something done in life, we will do best taking inventory of what we bring to life with us.
I haven’t touched on other reasons why many of us do or don’t take action to completion. Things that have to do with different pathologies. I’ve only talked about one paradigm of hard-wiring, genetics. This paradigm is crucial though. It permeates all others as it is about our architecture.
Self Care Tip # 44 – Just do what you were made to do. Be a friend to yourself.
Question – What do you think? Have you noticed this concept at play in yourself or others?