You have to “be” before you can “do”, and you have to “do” before you can “have”. -Zig Ziglar
I was reviewing some notes from a conference I attended 4 years ago and I came across this quote from Zig Ziglar whom I had the pleasure of hearing speak before he passed away. There was something about it that resonates with me this week in the power of “being”.
He says that we must first “be”. What does that mean exactly? It means that we must first make a decision as to who it is that we are becoming. Who are we growing into? Who are we transforming or turning into? What are we made of? What has God designed us to be? It means that we must develop self-awareness. Self Awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions.
Then he says that we must “do”. This to me is an action word that packs a lot of purpose. What are your accomplishments? What are you achieving? What do your activities consist of? What areas of your life are you applying all of your efforts and hard work? It causes us to question what are we doing in the midst of being. What actions are we doing to self consciously be in the process of becoming the person we are purposed to be?
One of my mentors said to me a while back that we are human beings not human doings. (I was like “Oh Snap, that was deep!) And it is! We are important because of who we are not solely for what we can do but what we do is a reflection of we who we are.
Then Ziglar goes on to finally say that in order to “have” we have to “do”. This reminds me of the scripture “Faith without works is dead”. We have to work in order to obtain the things we desire in life. Nothing appears in your life without some level of work and commitment.
It’s a beautiful three step process that simply says if you say you are this thing, then do the work that that person would do, and see the rewards for your works. For example if I say I’m a good student, then I do the work and take the tests, and the reward is the good grades. If I say I’m an entrepreneur, then I create and market the product, and the reward are the sales and profit.
Declare who it is that you are becoming, be willing to do the work and commit to it so that you will receive your reward.
Question: Who are you desiring to become?
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