I will admit I like getting stuff done. I love the gratitude, excitement and often relief I feel when I attain a goal. Don’t you?
Of course you do! We all love results and finishing things!
However in our doing-doing-doing world sometimes we become so addicted to catching the fish that we do not enjoy the process of fishing. This metaphor will make more sense after you watch the vlog and listen to the story I share with you.
The cliff note version of the story is that my client was running on the beach and noticed a bunch of old men fishing but none of them seemed particularly invested in catching any fish. They had little fishing equipment; just a bunch of old men standing in the sand wearing shorts and t-shirts looking out at their fishing line. Finally he asked one of them what they were fishing for and the man’s reply solved the riddle: “Aww son we never actually catch anything, that isn’t the reason I’m here – it is just a nice way to start the day, it gets me out of the house and I enjoy the sunrise.”
These are some very soulful fisherman because they understand that although their ego may want to catch a fish, their soul enjoys the process and savors the moment of the sunrise.
I encourage you to look at how much time you actually spend enjoying the process and the moments in your life. Your ego gives you a pat on the back when you reach an outcome but do not leave out the soulful celebration of the journey that got you there.
In the vlog I give you an experiment to measure whether you are more of a human doing or a human being and ways you can shift into becoming more of a fisherman in your own life (as well as a tip for making going to the gym a lot easier!).
And be sure to share in the comments below how you are shifting your focus to being more present in the precious moments in your life.
P.S. I have a new podcast where I coach people LIVE on the air. Head over to Over it and On With It and listen in for inspiration and action steps.
Christine Hassler has broken down the complex and overwhelming experience of recovering from disappointment into a step-by-step treatment plan in her new book Expectation Hangover. This book reveals the formula for how to process disappointment on the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual levels to immediately ease suffering. Instead of wallowing in regret, self-recrimination, or anger, we can see these experiences as catalysts for profound transformation and doorways that open to possibility. You can find more info on her website, and follow her on Twitter and FB.
image courtsey of: eak_kkk.