Thinking and planning is great; very necessary in fact. But at some point you must be prepared to take action – to do something – to reach your goals and enjoy your best life.
With the right amount of motivation (fuel), we have the drive (get up and go) to take action. Without action, nothing happens; there is no reaction, no change. We take action before knowledge.
Because to gain knowledge, we need to have experience, and to get experience, we need to do something. We learn by doing. You will not learn by sitting in the corner of your room all day. In order to make your life the way you want it, you have to take action.
Put the “you” in action. Every action may not achieve the desired results, or be ideal, but you will learn something and you will move closer to your goal. We not only learn by doing, we learn through failure.
Your life is your own movie and no movie is made with the director saying, “Lights, camera, let’s wait to see what happens.”
So what does action mean to you? In the martial arts we are taught that action is faster than reaction. So in my mind, I know that if I take action then I am likely to deal with any of the challenges that might try to surprise me in the future. It is a kind of work and play attitude.
Action means doing something, anything that will bring me one step closer to my goals. Actions speak louder than words. It means you can talk about who you are and what you will become all day, sometimes all through life, but it won’t happen until you get out and make it happen. If you want a Black Belt, you have to take action and follow your plan and train. The hardest thing about action is that people eventually get tired or lose their will power. That’s why constant motivation is number one, and why we keep coming back to it.
You’re not going to take action if you lack the proper level of desire. You must really want to succeed and be willing to make the effort, consistently. When we speak of action we have to think consistently. “It’s not what we can do; it is what we will do.” Will we take action, put in the time and effort, and get the job done again and again, today and tomorrow?
A person with the ability to act is a person with the power to achieve.
People take action every day to get up to shower, eat, and sleep, so why not take some action to design your life, now! Without action there are no results, no reaction. How can you build a house when no one is wielding a hammer or measuring the beams? It’s not just the intellectual knowledge of knowing what we should do that gives us the power. It is getting on the job to take action consistently day after day that proves power and personal success. There are many brilliant people who are not successful, and many successful people who might cause one of those brilliant people to question, “That guy is not so bright. Why is he a Black Belt and not me?” Perhaps it’s because that “lesser” person got off the thinking couch and acted!
We can have a goal, we can have the strategy, but if we don’t put that plan into action we won’t get anywhere. You see, you need motivation to set goals and create a strategy and take action. But you cannot take action if you don’t have a goal. Action is going to class so you can learn the skill necessary for to get a Black Belt in what you do. But you have to know what it is you want to do first. Action without a plan is merely running in circles.
“Thought is the creative power, or the impelling force which causes the creative power to act; thinking in a Certain Way will bring riches to you, but you must not rely upon thought alone, paying no attention to personal action. That is the rock upon which many otherwise scientific metaphysical thinkers meet shipwreck – the failure to connect thought with personal action.” – Wallace Wattles
Winjitsu Work Out
Are you ready to take action?
If you have laid out your goals, and you are sufficiently motivated to succeed, make a list of actions (anything that will bring you closer to your goals) and declare to start taking steps right away.
Be sure to assign timelines/deadlines to these actions; they must not be vague such as “soon” or “within 6 months.”