Two different thoughts – “We are what we do” and “We are human beings, not human doings.”
I kind of agree with both.
I have tried many times to decondition myself out of the idea of “I am what I do.” It hasn’t worked.
I am constantly striving to match what I do with who I am. In many areas of my life, I would say that they are quite congruent – I am what I do – except in the entrepreneurship arena. I have floundered quite a bit in being me in business. By attaching so much weight to the things I want to do, I end up not actively pursuing them at all and instead, frozen in fear that I take the wrong step and make the wrong declaration to the world that “This [product/service/business] is who I am.” It has been a whole lot of pressure in doing the right thing!
However, I have to recognize that no one thing that I put out there can or ever will be “me.” The thing is not me, I am me. Whether I put out a coaching program for moms or for teenagers (both on the table now), it does not alter who I am. The coach I would be in each of those programs would be pretty much the same person minus some of the words and examples I would use. My offerings are an opportunity to bring me to the world. They do not define me. I am a human being – not a human doing!
I bring who I am to what I do, not vice versa.
I can’t and won’t be fully satisfied until my work fulfills me. However, I am digging into the idea that my work can be any number of things because my business nor my target audience/market determine who I am.
A daily practice challenges the person who creates on “inspiration.” We have to mother everyday, and ultimately, it is the daily grind that gives us perspective, clarity and the “high’s” of motherhood. I am exploring if the same happens when I write everyday on the topics that normally light me up – motherhood, self-development, healing and creating. Sign up here to receive those thought nuggets in your inbox on the daily.