To Be or Not to Be . . . What’s on Your List?

Check ListTo Be or Not To Be . . . What’s On Your List?

Among the numerous subscription e-mails I receive each day is one from international speaker and author Mary Manin Morrissey. Being somewhat overwhelmed by all my subscriptions, as I’m sure many of my readers will relate, many of these get swept under the rug; however, something led me to open her e-mail this morning and read it. I’m glad I did.  The title of today’s post was “To Be, To Do”.

I was immediately reminded of Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, “To be or not to be, that is the question,” but with a slightly more positive and rewarding twist.

Here is the text:

Before starting your daily activities, create your “to be” list and write down what you wish to express in this day. Do you wish to be generous, loving, patient, bold, light-hearted? Do you want to be orderly in your thinking, organized, and focused in your direction?

Write this down on one list, and then write down what you wish to do on another list. This practice will serve as a rudder, directing your feeling-tone and attraction this day, and moving your life in the direction of your highest ideal.

Put It In Writing,

Mary Morrissey

Remind yourself who you want to be!What a refreshingly different way to start the day!  Rather than concerning yourself with all kinds of stuff you want to get done during the day, focus rather on the kind of day you want to have, the kind of person you would like to be, how you want to feel about yourself, how you want to relate to others, how you see yourself accomplishing your goals.

I actually made my first “to be” list this morning and am going to make it part of my morning routine.  I’ll be very interested in what difference it makes in what I actually get done and how it affects my daily life.  I’ll be interested in finding out what it does for you, as well.

Here’s to living a passionate life and becoming the person you want to be  ~

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12 Responses to To Be or Not to Be . . . What’s on Your List?

  1. Kelvin Myles says:

    Hi Steve,

    What an interesting idea. At the moment I divide my tasks between different days so effectively I have a ‘To Be’ days as it is but have never thought of them in that precise way.

    This is an interesting concept that I’m sure a lot of people will find valuable and which I will certainly weave into my daily pattern.


  2. Hi Steve,
    Good to connect with you again, I always loved your posts and found interesting material we can all use in our everyday life.
    Beautiful concept of asking ourselves what we want to be today. The quality of our questions determines the quality of the answers and results we get.
    I have created a similar little game for myself, on my to do list before starting it I pick up a value for each month and use this value to create the energy of what I want to do.
    For example this month’s value is “seduction” the question I ask myself today is how will I seduce myself and others making a difference?
    Thanks for sharing and hope to connect with you soon;)

    • Steve Vernon says:

      Great to be back in touch with you, too, Patricia! Very interesting idea about the monthly value. I think that’s great. Takes the daily “To Be” idea another step. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Steve…this is great. I think when you focus on being…the doing flows from that and what you end up doing is much more effective and inspired. A doing focus tends to create stress and frustration. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Adrienne says:

    Hey Steve,

    I agree with Barbara, what an interesting post.

    I start every single morning saying out loud what I’m grateful for. I can’t tell you what kind of fabulous mood that puts me in. I think of each thing I’m thankful for and know that I am truly blessed. That in itself puts me in a positive direction and I know that I am always here to help people. I’ve never given it much thought of the person I want to be.

    I have no doubt that this way of thinking can truly help a lot of people have a much more positive day.

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us and hope you’re doing good. Have missed seeing you.


    • Steve says:

      Thanks Adrienne! I appreciate you sharing your own personal experience with focusing first thing each day on gratitude. It really does set the tone for the day, doesn’t it!

  5. Good article Steve. Would be interested in the results over a period of time. Actually sounds like a plan I can initiate to see what the impact is on my productivity. Thanks for sharing.

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