Daily Blog #280
Before you continue to read this, I want you to know something. It would be wrong of me to act like I have it all figured out, and that my life is perfect. Because let’s face it, that would be me lying to you. I am not an expert when it comes to having mastered the game of life. In fact, I would be willing to go as far to say that nobody is an expert. There will always be things that we can improve on. But since I started to focus on this one word, my life has changed in more ways than I can possibly imagine. And it has changed for the better.
I want you to take a minute and just think to yourself. Think about some of the things that you want to get out of your life. If you want to get your dream job, what are you going to do in order to get it? If you want to make that million dollars that you deserve to make, what are you going to do to make it? If you want to feel happier and healthier in your life, what are you going to do to feel happier and healthier?
The answer to these questions isn’t by sitting on the couch and waiting for these wants and desires to magically show up in your life. The answer to all of these questions is by taking action. And that word – action – that is the one word that has helped to change my life in more ways than I could possibly imagine. Without it, I would probably be stuck in the same negative life that I was once before trapped in.
Don’t get me wrong, it is good to believe in yourself and have positive thoughts. Believing and having good thoughts is the first step to achieve anything in life. But these thoughts are not going to help you achieve what it is that you want to achieve unless you are willing to act on them. These thoughts are only going to remain thoughts until you decide to act on them, and make them become your reality.
You can think all you want about how much better your life would be if you made a million dollars. You can think about how excited you would actually be to go to work if you landed your dream job. You can think about how much more confident and better you would feel if you were happier and healthier. But unless you are willing to take action on these desires, they are not going to become your reality.
We spend so much time pondering our thoughts and decisions, that we seemingly forget to act. That, or we allow fear to consume our thoughts and decide not to act in a last-ditch effort to avoid failure. You tell me what is worse, failing, or not even trying? At least we can say that we did try if we fail.
The thing is, after you die, nobody is going to remember you for the things that you thought about doing. Nobody will ever be able to read your mind and know exactly what you were thinking throughout the course of your life. But they will remember you for the things that you did. You will be remembered based on the actions that you took in order to achieve your wants and desires.
Taking action in life is not always easy. There are going to be many times where you are going to want to lay in bed and repeatedly hit the snooze button, many times where you would much rather curl up on the couch instead of working out, and many times where you would rather go through the drive-through instead of making a home-cooked meal. But once you start taking action and doing the things that aren’t always easy, you simultaneously start to feel better about yourself.
Take running for example. Have you ever heard of a runner’s high? It’s when you go out for a run, and the next thing you know, a two mile jog turns into a five mile run because you can’t stop running. It feels so good just to get out and run to the point that you can’t stop. Do you think runners always have the motivation to go out and run? No. Once they do, though, they develop that runner’s high and can’t stop running.
Well, just like going on a run, there are going to be many times that you don’t want to take action and would rather do nothing. But once you start to take action, not only do you start to feel a sense of accomplishment that you are actually doing something productive, but you develop that “runner’s high” to the point where you can’t stop chasing your dreams.
The point is, there is no better time to act on your thoughts than this very moment. Don’t think about what could go wrong, and don’t think about the energy that your dreams require. You won’t be able to reach the finish line if you aren’t willing to take the first step. And you won’t be able to reach change if you aren’t willing to take action. So take action and just do.
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