The Doing Phase
BY: T. Franklin Murphy | November 2018
Futures depend on action following thought. We must do more than dream to build better lives.
Thinking is fantastic. Plans form with thoughts, drawing from lessons learned, and creating preparations for the future. But creative cognition may be misused—even harmful. If we are not careful, worrying about the future replaces actual work of doing in the present. We only become during the doing phase; not the thinking stage. The doing becomes the object of the thinking.
When struggling through a fragmented life and dreams are frayed from the chaos, we lose the art of action; the adaptation often fractures the doing phase, disconnecting the action from the thinking phase, planning and dreams dominate, but fear restricts action. We can’t magically think ourselves to the throne—without leaving the sofa. The process of thinking entertains, distracting from the current wretched life we live, but does not create an avenue to escape from the current poverty of experience. We must rebuild the nexus between current behaviors and desired destinations, changing course when the current charted voyage continues to lead to the same disappointing ends.
"The process of thinking entertains, distracting from the current wretched life we live, but does not create an avenue to escape from the current poverty of experience."
Promised destinations never materialize in the mind. Life changes demand action. We don’t move until we take the steps. This is frightening. We must process the swings and collisions always encountered when moving from the familiar into the unfamiliar. We can’t imagine away every obstacle. Movement exposes the unforeseen challenges only after we enter new landscapes, engage with new people, and discover new requirements. These challenges of newness are the gateways to new riches and a fulfilling life.
Continue to think big, if you please, but understand that success will never be achieved standing still. Move forward, face the unknowns, and challenge the darkness. Enter the next phase of the journey—the doing phase.
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