Give it up for brother, Ghandi: “It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
If we want to learn music, we take lessons. If we want to paint, we study art. If we want to become an athlete, we train with a coach. If we want to live our happiest and most fulfilled lives, if we dare ask, most of us guess and stammer and go at it blindly.
And worse, we judge our success by measuring against those around us. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s why we watch reality television.
Yet, although comparing ourselves to those that are straight strugglin’ makes us feel better about ourselves, it is far more beneficial for us to strive for the qualities we admire in the likes of Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, Joan of Arc, to name a few off the top of my head.
Not that we have any intentions to lead a nation or even a movement, for that matter, nor do we have the conviction to denounce everything to feed the world’s poor. Yet we are attracted to this archetype for a reason: their unwavering integrity. When we put these gamechangers on a pedestal, however, thinking, “I could never be like that,” we’re doing ourselves, and perhaps the world, a clear disservice.
Because each decision we make is an opportunity to live closer and closer to the integrity of those we admire.
As with any training, or any teaching, we just have to take it one lesson at a time.
Those people weren’t perfect. They made mistakes. But they learned from them. And each day they were better than they were the day before.
It all begins with awareness, steadfast intentions, and perhaps a basic mantra: WWJD?
And before you know it you’ll be living in alignment with your highest self wondering wear all that stubborn ego went.
I leave you with this: Pick your role model: What would ______________ do? Ask yourself that question in every situation under the sun until someone wants to know: what would you do?? 😉
Kat Hurley is a transformational author, speaker and personal development coach, making over motivation at The Year of Magical Dreaming. Please visit kathurley.com for further deets, yo.