“First say to yourself what you would be; then do what you have to do.” -Epictetus
It’s where it all starts.
Almost always, when someone tells me they are stuck on what to do next, or having trouble crafting a solid plan to achieve their goals, or fence-sitting about a decision, it’s because a piece of the foundation is missing.
They need to back up. Stop trying to force it.
Sometimes, we are not ready to act. And that is perfectly OK. In fact, it’s better than OK. It’s a growth edge. An opportunity to get clear, or to widen our perspective.
The philosopher is right. Actions come after the context and the vision. Not before. And without the what or the why, we can act ourselves into frustration and stuck-ness. Or down a path that isn’t working for us.
So, relax. Connect to what you truly value and why you desire what you desire. What, really, are you trying to accomplish?
Say what you would be. And let the right actions reveal themselves.
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