The Secret of Doing Without Doing

By Dr. Robert Anthony

One of the mistaken certainties or misconceptions most people operate under is that you get what you want in life by what you DO, or through the actions you take. Most people believe that the DOING or action part is what makes things happen. However, most action causes you to create in reverse.
Let me explain....
The reason we put a lot of emphasis on action is because we do not understand the power of our thought. If you analyze it, 90% of most people’s actions are spent trying to compensate for inappropriate thought.

The Chinese philosopher Lao-tsu said that, "In the practice of the Way, every day something is dropped. Less and less do you need to force things until finally you arrive at "non action" When nothing is done, nothing is left undone." What he is talking about is "doing without doing."

The problem is that most of us are preoccupied with "doing". Unfortunately most of our "doing" usually involves struggle. In the western world we are conditioned to be action-oriented, so we place a tremendous value on doing. We are so busy doing that we do not realize that all this ‘doingness’ causes us to create in a reverse fashion.

Most of our actions are out of fear, worry or doubt because we believe nothing will get done unless we DO something. In other words, we are trying to force our desire into manifestation through action.

If your decision to DO is dominant, then you will not focus on what you want to BE in the present moment. This causes you to miscreate because BEING is the first and most important step in the creative process.
Here is the secret....
Action is vitally important but - it is not your action that makes things happen, it is your intent. You can reduce the need for action to a very minimum by allowing yourself to focus on what you desire until you feel the positive energy begin to move within you. This energy is not based on doubt, fear, anxiety, worry or need. If you focus on what you want instead of what you don’t want, you will know when it is time to take action. And when you do, it will be effortless. Doors open and the entire universe will conspire to assist you in your desire.

Put simply, you should take no action on anything until you have visualized your desire and made it real enough in your mind that your next action (step), whatever it is, seems like the most logical step.

How can you know the next logical step? Here is the test that you can give to yourself before taking any action. If you focus on what you desire and still feel overwhelmed or anxious, then you are not ready for any action. You know you are ready when it feels like the next logical step is effortless. There is no effort, no strain, and no pain.

What we want to do is to use the leverage of energy, the same leverage of energy that creates everything in the universe. However, we are so caught up in the reality of WHAT IS, that we feel we must create everything through mental effort and physical activity.

Have you ever seen people who seem to have all the wonderful things in their life without much effort? It almost seems like they have an advantage over everyone else. Then you see the people who work the hardest usually have the least. That doesn’t seem fair does it? But that’s the way the universe works.
Unfortunately, those who work the hardest usually have the least because they haven’t learned the leverage of aligning their energy. They are going about creating their lives the hard way. They are trying to use their actions to create what they want.

We have also been programmed that in order to have what we desire we must work hard. How many times have you heard – "No pain, no gain." The implication is that if you want to make something of yourself, you must work hard. The message is clear - if you are not hurting or struggling, you are not moving forward.

But here is the truth - anytime you are struggling you are miscreating. Anytime you feel pain or struggle, your magnetic point of attraction is directed to that which you do not want, rather than to that which you desire. Read it again!
Actions are necessary, but they are the last component of the creation processes. Actions cannot be used effectively to initiate results, because initiation is the function of BEING, then thought, then action.

Remember, the creation of anything is through your vibration. Everything vibrates, and it is by that vibration that we harmonize and attract experiences to ourselves. So before you act or do anything, first ask yourself, how am I vibrating? How do you tell? You tell by how you FEEL. Your feelings show you your vibration. How you feel determines what you attract.

When you use the process of creating by only focusing on what you want instead of what you don’t want, you will see that the universe will provide a different set of circumstances for you that requires much less action. This puts you in a state of "doing without doing" or action without effort.


  1. for some reason i realized this when i was very young. i pretty much have used this method for my entire life except for a brief period when i got side-tracked by a relationship with a person who had the opposite ideas... and i allowed myself to go with his ideas that life was hard, and sucked, and that you had to work constantly to get anything. of course we had nothing during this period.

    the only reason i can find for myself 'forgetting' what i knew is that i had gone through a very tramautic event before the meeting of this person.

    however, once i got over my loss, and came back to myself - i returned to my original way of believing that the universe takes care of me and that everything is easy for me.

    since then everything has been easy for me! and my bf is very jealous of me and can't seem to understand the way i believe and why things are easy for me.

    he just says that my family takes care of me, i am lucky, etc. i try and explain it to him that this happens because this is the way i 'want' it. i wanted and continue to want to have everything i need and/or want and i have always believed that i would have what i wanted or needed and always will be taken care of.

    he thinks i am insane - but continues to be jealous of my 'luck' and keeps telling himself that he always has had nothing and has had to work hard for everything and always will and will never have anything.....


  2. djh, may I ask while you stay in relationship with a person who sound like he isn't the right person for you? Are you afraid to have your life be better than it is? Are you afraid of being alone? You do know the same attitudes that work for you regarding money, will also work for you regarding have the relationship of your dreams.

  3. > So now I know, that always when you feel pain, that is against your creating the things that you want... I have so many things to ask and say, but at the moment, I am releaved to know that all will effortlessly come into place if your vibrations and intentions are right. Is that it? Thank you very much...

  4. That's it. It is as simple as that and no more complicated than that.. Feel good and enjoy the ride and you will either be guided to all you want or it will be brought to you.. The trick is always remembering this piece of simple information.

  5. universe is God evey thing good is given by his all mighty
    other things i believe what you said looking
    to a single thing may make forget or not see
    what is good too much looking is as less looking, so immagination can help in atcheiving things through unknown mechanism
    there is other paralel wolds that can be entererd during dreams that needs alot of training and meditation good luck

  6. I love this site; it has helped me to realize and confirm that you don't have to do anything like struggle, suffer or being pushy to bring abundance and prosperity to you, just feel good. I feel relieved.