THE WAY TO LIVE_DOT II (YOURSELF) // CHAPTER 12
Think of something good you have done. Why did you do it?
Think of something bad you have done. Why did you do it?
My favorite reason for doing anything has been “because I felt like it.” When I was young, the way I felt dictated almost every action that I took. So much so that it spawned a philosophy for my dad: “It’s easier to act your way into a feeling than feel your way into an action.”
Most of us wait to act until we feel like it. We will eat healthy when we feel like it. We’ll go to the gym when we feel like it. We’ll treat people with respect when we feel like it. We will rise to the challenges we face when we feel like it.
If you wait to feel like it, you’ll probably realize the same thing I did: that feeling doesn’t come all too often. That is why controlling our perspective and attitude matters so much. If I don’t control those things, my actions will also be out of control.
My teacher and father Keith Craft teaches it this way:
Think + Be + Do = Have
How you think + your state of being (your attitude) + what you do = what you have in life. Always. It’s immutable, eternal knowledge. What you have in your life right now is a direct result of your actions. Your actions are a direct result of your attitude. Your attitude is a direct result of your thinking and perspective.