A couple of years ago, I took a self-development class that introduced me to the concept that people live their lives with a Have –> Do –> Be mentality. This idea really hit home for me. I saw in this simple concept the way I had approached writing my whole life.
When I HAVE the right desk, I will WRITE (DO), and then I will BE a writer.
When I HAVE the right computer, I will WRITE, and then I will BE a writer.
When I HAVE the time, I will WRITE, and then I will BE a writer.
When I HAVE the life of a writer, I will WRITE, then I will BE a writer.
And it wasn’t always about writing. It also meant:
When I have no more fear, I will share my music, and then I will be a musician.
When I have some inspiration/time/ideas/whatever, I will do that thing I want to do (sing/write/dance/etc) and then I will be what I want to be (musician/writer/dancer/artist/happy…)
I spent my whole life waiting for inspiration to strike and fear to dissipate. I thought when those things had been achieved, I would do what I always wanted to do, and be what I always wanted to be.
But in that class, I got clear that you be who you want to be, do the things that person does, and then have the life you want. Not the other way around. It was time to stop waiting for time/inclination/inspiration, and just be. And do. And then I would have.
So now I’m not waiting to have a writer’s life to write.
I am a writer. So I write. And that’s what gives me a writer’s life.
I am a musician. So I write and play music. And I have a musician’s life.
I’m not waiting around for inspiration to strike and lead me to the life I want anymore. This concept gave me the access to design the life I want, not wait for the life I want to happen to me. Artistry and joy and freedom are not dependant on outside influences or resources. It’s all at my fingertips. It’s not what I have, it’s who I be. It’s up to me.
It’s not Have –> Do –> Be.
It’s Be –> Do –> Have.
BE who you want to be. DO what you want to do. HAVE the life you’ve always dreamed.