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It’s not what you are DOING that matters

Updated: Jul 17


On a recent hiking expedition in the Scottish highlands I came across some litter on the otherwise pristine path.


I tutted.


Walking on I thought that somebody really should pick that up….


In an earlier article I wrote:


‘The standard you walk past is the standard you accept’


But now I see it goes deeper than that.


The standard you walk past shows who you are BEing.


I could have picked up that litter but chose not to.


And in that moment I moved from Owner to Victim. A victim of others. I relinquished my power and became part of the problem.


Ghandi famously said


‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’


I think he meant


BE the change you want to see in the world.


It literally starts with me, who am I BEing? Who I am BEing dictates what I am DOing


And what I am DOing is constantly creating my experience.


And in this case it was a world where others dropped litter and it wasn’t my problem.

Martyn Dawes is a Coach, Social Care Consultant, and Author of The Overwhelmed Manager: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

Martyn@martyndawes.co.uk

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