Whose Life Are You Living?

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
— Gandhi 

Gandhi is right, it all begins with our thoughts. Everything we do, everything we love, everything we build, dream about, and desire begins with our thoughts. We build families, careers, and friendships all based on our thoughts. We build our destiny — our legacy — with each and every thought that runs through our brain.

All of this we build with bricks of consciousness, consciousness we barely pay attention to.

We pay close attention to our bank accounts, our Facebook accounts, and what laundry soap we buy. We have apps and trackers and smartwatches, all intended to attend to our daily lives. Counting calories, carbs, and steps. Knowing how much money comes in and when, and doling it out accordingly, carefully watching the bottom line. Carefully attending to our balance so that we don’t overdraw.

How much time do we spend tracking our thoughts? How much effort do we put into knowing what we are thinking? If you’re like most people, not much at all.

And yet, these thoughts are the very building blocks of our lives. And we have no fucking clue what they are doing. We don’t tend to our thoughts with the same care we do our calories or bank accounts. And yet, these thoughts are the very building blocks of our lives. We don’t download an app or bullet a journal to know what are thoughts are doing, or where they are leading. And yet, these thoughts are the very building blocks of our lives. 

So, we can’t be surprised when we wake up one day and take a look around, wondering whose life we are living. No, not really. Deep down we know. We know that what we think is the foundation of our lives. We know our ideas create excitement, and our excitement creates motion, and our motion creates things. We know.

But we don’t do.

And because we don’t do — because we don’t tend to our thoughts, we build our lives with someone else’s building blocks. We use their blocks to build our house. We use their blocks to build our relationships. We use their blocks to build our careers. And we sit in these strange places, built by someone else, wondering who we are — having existential crises, mental breakdowns, and panic attacks. Desperately trying to find ourselves in this life built by someone else.

It’s not too late, and it’s not too hard. A little frightening, sure  — but doable. Here’s how:

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Sarah offers a humorous, down to earth approach to radical self discovery. Mentor, author, and leading innovator in her field, she eases the learning curve of this thing called life. You can have Sarah coach you and hang out with her on Facebook and Instagram.

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