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Doing & Being

Doing & Being

By Virginia Nava Hieger

“Use a more human perspective of business that includes listening to your body, intuition, and wisdom—and then take action. Take time to incorporate aspects that inspire you: music, colors, fresh air, or a dance break. This can be as simple as a five-minute break. Take time to take action, and let go of perfection. Take action and create progress.”

Do you want to achieve more clarity and focus—and less overwhelm?

I have noticed lately with CEOs and entrepreneurs that there is an imbalance of energy. Personally, I notice that when I am unaware or unintentional, I can fall into either doing or being. I have noticed that a balance of energy is key for success, with clarity and focus. When the energy of doing is too apparent you can see the side effects: mental exhaustion, lack of clarity, too many ideas rolling all over the place, meetings without focus. When the energy of doing is focused and balanced, it can lead to great results: effectiveness, productivity and focus. When the energy of being is available, its results are a great openness: in conversations, in learning from opportunities or perceived mistakes, and in being able to hear oneself and decide what is best to accomplish goals. When the energy of being is lacking, there’s a disconnection from self, from the whole-being and more logical tendencies, and from inner knowing and wisdom.

How can you become more aware of the levels of balance between doing and being? Start by noticing exhaustion levels and openness levels, as well as the amounts of clarity and productivity in your life. Instead of going about the general way of business, which was created in the industrial era and focused on mass-production and machines, use a more human perspective of business that includes listening to your body, intuition, and wisdom—and then take action. Take time to incorporate aspects that inspire you: music, colors, fresh air, or a dance break. This can be as simple as a five-minute break. Take time to take action, and let go of perfection. Take action and create progress. The combination of being and doing brings a sense of wholeness and allowing flow. There may be times that are too unbalanced, or too demanding emotionally, and so your sense of doing and being needs to be more mindful.

To summarize:

-Write: 5 things that inspire you that you can do in 5 minutes.

-Write: 5 things that you can do to move yourself forward in the highest service of you and the world.

-Write how and why both being and doing can serve you:

-How do you feel during a walk, in the shower, sitting playing, or contemplating an idea?

-How do you feel when you are doing things with purpose?