Existential Friday Newsletter

v24: How To Act Your Way Into Thinking Differently

What are you focused on?  Not what you’re thinking about doing.  What you’re taking action towards and making your reality.  Thinking and ideas are good, but you need action to create a reality.

“Consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action.” -Bruce Lee

The challenge with thinking is that it requires a different mindset than action.  It’s easy to fall into the trap of inaction when we sit down and try to figure out what to focus on.

There’s a growing body of work supporting the idea that acting your way into feeling is more effective than thinking your way into feeling.  Ultimately, what you spend your time doing is what you start to believe and that drives your identity.

If you think you’re a Chef and don’t cook, it’s hard to believe yourself.  You’ll start to believe yourself when you go home and spend 15 minutes a night consciously making new meals.  Not only do you get to eat some great new meals, you’ll spend more time cooking, inviting people over to eat, and identifying as a Chef.  That initially small, 15 minute window will grow as you start to believe you’re a chef.  Small actions can trigger momentum and new ways of thinking.

“It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking, than think your way into a new way of acting.” Jerry Sternin

Click here to read more from Jerry Sternin on acting your way into thinking.

Action is great, but sometimes we feel like we don’t know what to do.  Everyone goes through periods where they feel directionless and unsure of what to do next.  Let’s call that your “in the meantime” time.  The meantime is your time between goals and projects when you’re drifting more than usual and not working towards something.

Whatever happens during that “in the meantime” period is worth examining.  The things you do when you’re not working towards something can show you what you’d do if left to your own choices.  How do you spend your time when you’re not trying to satisfy the expectations of the world, your parents, spouse, or even yourself?

Is there something you’ve been saying or thinking you want to do that you aren’t making time to do?  Find 15 minutes every day and do that thing.  See what happens.

If you’re in an “in the meantime” period, what are you doing?  Why?




The real problem with new technology is that it doesn’t have enough buttons.  Seriously, these buttons are high tech.


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