What is your being state?
Your being state is how you go about living your life. It is rooted in the elements that make your life meaningful to you and the qualities that bring you joy, happiness, and fulfillment.
I recently became aware of Josh Kaufman, author of the Personal MBA. He recommends you start by deciding what states of being you want to experience in your life. This is very personal, very individualized. It’s your way of living your life.
Those answers are not going to come outside yourself. You’re going to need to go inside. So what are those elements that light you up, that bring you joy?
Some examples of states of being are:
- Spending time with people I love
- Having enough money to live without financial stress
- Experiencing new and different people, places, and things
- Being calm and stress-free
- Working on things I enjoy with people I like
Your state of being becomes a playbook for the actions you will commit to taking whatever is most important to you:
- Making time to be with the people I love and care about.
- Taking actions consistent with the intention to have enough money to live a life without financial stress.
- Making a healthy lifestyle a priority.
This quote from Deepak Chopra, author, and alternative medicine advocate, clarifies the essence and spirit of being.
“Being is a silent, unshakable foundation of our life. It gives purpose, strength, balance, and direction to our life just by virtue of its existence. It is different from our body and mind that actively send signals back to us to regulate life. Being is self-regulating, self-sustaining, and self-aware. When we are connected to our being, we feel secure, confident, loving, open, and awake.”
Just sit with that for a second and get that being is the way that you’re in this silent unshakeable foundation of your life. Your being supports you, not being easily swayed by beliefs, thoughts, emotions, or triggers, whatever might take you out.
Being is your bridge to action and the results you produce in any area of your life. It supports you in choosing choices and making decisions from where you’re going rather than from where you are currently.
Your being is influenced by your physical, mental, and emotional well being. Do I believe I can? Do I think I can? Am I tired, out of gas, and judging and critical. Your being state is the bridge between your foundation of well being and your daily actions.
A strong connection to your being helps you defend against anything that shows up to block you, take you out, take you off track, is not a priority – so it’s a good self-defense strategy to be connected to your “being.”
What happens when you’re stuck in a state of being working in opposition to what you want?
The answers to these questions spotlight how your being is affecting your life.