One of the most powerful books on transformation for personal and professional performance available today is Straight-Line Leadership by Dusan Djukich. In it, Dusan describes one’s way of being as the inner stance. It is the mindset from which we view and perceive life; it is the position we operate from and determines how we show up in our world. Inner stances can be empowering or disempowering, and we can operate from multiple inner stances throughout the day; take ownership one moment and play the victim the next. They are created, either consciously or unconsciously.
It is through mastering our inner stances—identifying them, releasing ones that don’t work, creating ones that do work—that we become conscious creators for our own lives. This is the foundational “being” work that all “doing” is built upon. Flashy doing on top of faulty being is a recipe for disaster. But empowered being generates impactful doing every time.
Consider that this is why two equal people can outwardly do the exact same action, but generate very different results. For example, reading a blog on creating a great life. Reading it from an inner stance (way of being) that is afraid to risk generates more stuck-ness; nothing changes, except growing frustration. Reading it from an inner stance that embraces risk generates stepping into the unknown and having something new, something that wasn’t there before.
This holds true for experiences. What is the difference between those that thrive versus those that despair in the midst of tragedy, pain, loss, etc? Inner stance. What is the difference between those that flourish versus those that self-destruct when abundance and advancement come their way? Inner stance. It is the foundation of our way of being that determines how we literally bear life. Jesus distinguished this between the man who built his house on the rock and the man that built his house on the sand. They both heard the words of Jesus. They both went through difficult times. But one thrived while the other was destroyed. Internal condition is crucial.
- Where in my life am I stuck, frustrated, struggling and/or complaining?
- What decisions have I made that created this?
- Who am I being/have I been that this is so?
- What outcome would I like instead?
- Who must I be to generate that outcome?
You now have a new possible future to live into. Who will you be?
To Your Great Life!