24 Jul Why taking action is the thing that matters
Do you spend all of your free time reading and gathering information? Are you a self-help junkie that never seems to make any meaningful progress in your life? Are you trying to take your life to the next level by using the power of your mind alone?
How is that working for you?
Nothing changes until your behavior changes. Sure, you might feel better about your life after all of your mental gymnastics, but is anything actually happening in your life from all of these intellectual efforts?
Take action and watch your life change before your eyes!
Consider these ideas:
- You have to do something for something to happen. Nothing happens until you act. You can’t wish or visualize your way to a plate of food, a fancy car, or a successful business. Those things might make it easier for you to act, but you must still take action of some kind.
- The more you want to accomplish, the bigger the action you’ll need to take.
- It’s not what you can do that matters. It’s what you actually do that counts. The amount of capability you possess only increases the number of options you have available.
- Having options isn’t the same as choosing one and taking action.
Your beliefs, values, and thoughts influence your behavior. For example, if you believe that you’re capable, your behavior will be different than if you believe that you’re simple minded, incapable, and homely in appearance. Here are some more examples:
- Do you believe that failure is fine or to be avoided at all costs?
- Do you believe that most people are inherently good or inherently bad?
- Do you value safety or adventure?
- Do you have positive thoughts about your goals or negative?
None of these things has any actual power in the world, other than that they can alter the choices you make and the actions you take.
- Action creates potential. When you take action, you can learn from your results. When you take action, things change. New opportunities become available. You might meet a new person that can help you get what you want. When you take the first step, the next step appears.
- Things start happening when you start moving. Nothing happens while you’re learning, scheming, and planning.
Things begin to change when your behavior changes. You’ve proven this to yourself thousands of times throughout your life. Your life changed when you started school, changed schools, and made new friends. Your life was different after you made permanent changes to your lifestyle.
You can’t just accumulate knowledge, daydream, or make grand plans. You have to DO new things.
When your behavior changes, your life changes. How do you want your life to change? What can you DO to make it happen? When will you get started?