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The “Being” Mindset 

I come across lots of people who are really good at getting tasks done.  I call this the “mechanics”, or the “tactical” side of things.  It’s the “doing”.  Anyone can “do”, especially with good directions or research, but what holds people back a lot of times from accomplishing their goals is not adopting the “being” mindset. There’s a big difference between being vs. doing. 

What’s the difference between being and doing? 

  • Being is a mindset.  A way of thinking about how you define, plan and work. 

  • Doing is the mechanics.  The tactical part of working.  It’s the execution of tasks. 

How do you start adopting the “being” mindset? 

Understand and continuously practice the three guiding principles of Commit, Adapt, and Learn.  It’s a shift in how you think about setting your goals, how you handle change, and how you work. You must change the way you think.  

The Three Guiding Principles Explained


1. Commit 

Without commitment to your goals, it’ll be hard to achieve them. Ideas are great—it’s fun to talk and dream about the “what ifs” in life—but we’re not here – you’re not listening to me right now because we just want to dream, We’re ready to put the work in and trust the process.  

At a minimum, always, always commit to yourself. If possible, commit to a partner, family member, friend, or colleague—anyone you can. Make the commitment known. When you share your commitments with other people, you become accountable. People tend to do better when others are aware of their commitment.  

I put post-it notes on a wall in my home office. So everyone can see it.  It’s my way of making my commitments visible.  It’s also a constant reminder to myself of my commitments. I also recite my commitments to myself every morning, like a mantra.   

2. Adapt 

We’re all surrounded by and affected by uncertainty, both personally and professionally. In our everyday lives, anything can happen. Goals will change at different points in your career. Business direction will change based on feedback from your customers or changes in the market.  We’re always going through change. But Welcoming these changes and being able to adapt to them is key. Roll with it, adjust your plan, and keep going. People tend to get emotionally invested in things, and when those things are affected by change, it can be emotionally catastrophic. After all that time and all those resources you’ve put into something, to have it change can be frustrating, especially if it requires you to think about things differently or if it adds even more work. But your ability to adapt and move forward is key. Stay the course. Keep working, and keep on keeping on. You’ll get there. Put the work in and trust in the process. 

3. Learn 

Mistakes are OK. Everyone makes them. too. How you react to those mistakes is what matters. Learn from them.  continuous improvement, which means that you are always identifying areas of improvement and working on getting better in those areas. You might discover that doing something a little differently will work better for you. You may find out after a few weeks that you can fit in an extra workout comfortably within your schedule, or write an extra fifty words per day on your novel.  

Always look for ways to improve how you perform, whether it’s a tweak in how you’re working, how you’re communicating, or how much time you’re spending on something. Always be thinking about ways to get better—to improve the way you work and how you work with others. 

 Every mistake, every failure is an opportunity to get better. With my book, you’ll have the tools in place to measure how you’re performing, so you’ll know where you can make adjustments to improve. Get better every day. 

Chris Puglisi