I believe that we put too much pressure in our days. We judge thinks for their outcome, while neglecting the process. What we do is satisfying only when we reach a result, when we are able to provide some evidence of our work, when people can “see” what we have done.
But does is make sense?
Look around you. What do you see?
We are a society of “doers”. Everyone is always ready to claim his successes. Every time you meet someone you haven’t seen for a long time you start by stating all you have done, all your achievements. If it happens to you to listen to a random conversation it would be most likely be full of “I have done this and that”, “tomorrow I will do that”, “next year I will be able to do”.
Doesn’t it look a bit crazy?
Does it really make sense to completely resolve our existences around the things we have done, the things we are doing and the ones we are going to do?
Nowadays the most important thing is to do more, to do it fast and to move forward. Reading the most popular personal development blogs it is not unusual to find posts describing detailed methods to improve your productivity, to help you to get the more things done. And this posts are always the most viewed.
I have tried some of these “magic” techniques and I must admit that in a certain degree they work: doing some to-do lists and prioritizing your activities are great ways to better organize our time and they are most useful since they help us to avoid constant distractions like social media, web surfing and more simple, but purposeless activities.
On the other hand I have also reflect upon this idea of doing more, of getting more done. What I have resolved is that what I value the most is embracing those things which are aligned with my purposes, that no matter how many things I am able to complete I feel no satisfaction if all I have done makes no sense to me. When you go to bed after a hard day of work you feel no satisfaction if you have done 100 meaningless things. You can tell to yourself that you have done plenty of things, but you won’t feel any sense of accomplishment. Conversely, even doing a single, but important thing, will give a deep meaning to your time.
I suggest you to give up the “doer” attitude, and to become a “thinker”.
Doers just do, they just care about facts and results. Thinkers invest most of their time investigating, looking for the right things to do, understanding what they really want.
What if you go through your life with the “doer” attitude and then you find out that all you have done makes no sense to you? Wouldn’t it be better to devote part of your time to think, to reflect upon life and then to start acting in order to achieve what you believe is the best for you?
Think of a company. Managers are “doers”, they organize things, they plan every day so that to get things done. Leaders are “thinkers”, they decide toward which direction the company should move, they study the market and define which strategy should be undertaken.
Do you think that a company without leaders would last long? What about a person without a thinker attitude? Do you think that doing things without thinking, without a clear idea of where you are going, will ever lead you somewhere?
What do you think about this post? Have you ever fallen in the doer attitude? What do you think we can do to get rid of this attitude? Please let me know in the comments below!
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