I think you’ll agree with me when I say:
Doing nothing is not as easy as it seems for a lot of people.
But it turns out that when it comes to creating BIG results with ease and flow in your life…
…it is one of the most important things you can ever have in your arsenal.
And in today’s post, I’m going to show you how to use the art of doing nothing to create what you want with ease.
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It seems to me that we fear it because it comes with a lot of ingrained bias against it.
Doing nothing means you’re not busy.
And if you’re not busy then you’re not being productive.
Being unproductive means you can’t contribute to your life and to society.
If you can’t do that, then there must be something wrong with you and you’re doomed to be a failure for the rest of your life.
The need to be busy is something we learn from an early age.
We equate being busy with being productive and successful.
It’s like if we’re not busy at all times, something in us reminds us that we’re never going to amount to anything.
So we get back to the grind…
And even when we know that it is not yielding the result we want, we keep falling back to the ‘hustle’…
…like an addict looking for their next fix.
Deep underneath noise of logic, intellect and surface thoughts… this truth keeps coming back to us over and over again.
That’s why most of us look for tools like meditation and mindfulness and go on breaks and vacations.
It’s because we know on some level that doing nothing sometimes allows us to return to our default state.
The default state of calm, innate wisdom and innate health.
When we’re not allowing our thoughts and feelings push us around to take endless action…
…We ALWAYS return back to our default nature of peace.
And in this place of peace, fresh ideas and solutions to problems come with ease.
In this place of peace, there is a clear mind. And with a clear mind, magic happens.
Because a fresh perspective will always present itself for whatever situation you face.
You get insights and a deeper understanding of things.
This means that you do LESS but get more and better results than ever before.
Think of the times when you’ve had “light bulb” or those big “aha” moments…
Did they happen when you were in the midst of being busy?
Or did they happen at odd times…
…Like when you were in the shower or relaxing and not taxing yourself or your brain too much?
Everything you need to get to where you want to go is already available.
But the answers always find their way through, when you let go of the need to be busy.
They come when you make doing nothing a part of your routine and process.
They come when you learn to enjoy doing nothing from time to time.
And here’s the thing:
A state of calm is not something you have to search for.
It is a state that you return to when you ALLOW YOURSELF to stop doing what takes you away from it.
Most of us assume that our default state is one of chaos and that we have to “work” to get to a place of calm.
But it is actually the other way around.
The state of calm is our default state.
We take ourselves away from it by jumping in and trying to correct our thoughts and actions.
But when you can see that you are not the noise of the thoughts that tell you to chase busyness and endless activity…
When you can see that you are what is underneath that noise and that your true nature never changes…
You’ll begin to see and appreciate the beauty of doing nothing.
Because it is in this space that your innate wisdom resides.
It is in this space where “flow” begins.
Does this mean you’ll never have to take action or work for what you want?
But it means that the steps and actions you take to get to where you want to go will be less than before.
You will create amazing results that will surprise even you.
At the start of your journey of doing nothing as part of your process, you’ll find it difficult…
…But it will be worth it.
Trust me, I’ve been there.
When I deliberately took time off to focus on myself, I found it hard at the start.
Because something kept telling me that:
I “should be doing something”.
It didn’t matter what that thing was, as long as I was doing something then everything would be okay.
And that’s when I realised that being busy was a form of escape for me.
If I was busy focusing something or anything, then I didn’t have to cope with the silence.
And If I didn’t have to face the silence, then I didn’t have to face parts of myself that I wasn’t comfortable with.
But knowing what I know now about the nature of thought and feelings, I know that there was nothing to fear.
Everything I was thinking about myself at that time, was just that… THOUGHT.
It wasn’t permanent and It was just one perspective.
If I waited in that space of silence and the unknown, a new thought and perspective would present itself.
And it did. It ALWAYS did.
That is why I can say to you with confidence that when you allow yourself to do nothing from time to time…
When you allow yourself to hang out in silence and the unknown doing nothing
You will get a fresh solution and idea.
A fresh perspective will come.
And you WILL CREATE amazing things and results in your life with ease.
There is less to do when you’re doing nothing but there’s always so much to see.
And what you see what can change the game for you.
Every client I work with comes with a head full of ideas and the idea of doing nothing with those ideas for a short while causes a lot of scary feelings.
When they get used to hanging out in the unknown, they tell me how stale and old those ideas seem.
They also talk about how they no longer feel a need to “copy” what others do.
That in my mind, is one of the key benefits of doing nothing.
The ability to create something from nothing with confidence.
You give whatever you want to create YOUR original stamp.
And there is no need for outside validation of any kind.
There is only a deeper knowing that you’ll never run out of steps of what to do next.
Make it a habit to enjoy doing nothing from time to time.
You will be surprised at what comes up for you.
I’m Elizabeth Archibong. A Nigerian girl obsessed setting the rules on fire to create life and results from a place of ease and a path of least resistance. I teach people how to see themselves more simply and accurately. So that they can create and get more of the things that they want.