In personal development,there will be lots of actions we need to take.
Hopefully, we will have set our goals, mapped out our actions and decided what needs to be done. There will be a mixture of actions. Initially you may be tempted to think some actions are more important than others.
HOWEVER ALL ACTIONS ARE IMPORTANT AND YOU MUST GIVE 100% TO ALL OF THEM
Many people who have been on a path of personal and spiritual growth have spent a lot of time talking. Talking with friends about what is wrong and what they want. Talking with therapists about their past and their beliefs. Talking with a mate about what needs changing. They have explored and explored and talked and talked – and not much has changed.
Exploring our limiting beliefs and where we got them is essential for opening the door to action, but taking is the secret to success. We can talk and talk and learn and learn, but until we are willing to take action, nothing will change. It is not that it is time to stop learning about our fears and beliefs, but it is time for all this learning to result in action.
Many people continue to talk and want everything to be perfect before starting out.
The best thing to do is to take action, give 100% to all actions and learn from our mistakes.
WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE ACTIONS WE TAKE?
We are always taking action, yet much of the time the actions may not seem important. Remember all these actions are important. It is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle made up of hundreds or thousands of pieces. If we miss one piece, the picture is not complete.
This is the same as our personal development plan. If we do not complete all actions and give 100% to all actions, it is unlikely that we will achieve the success that we are looking for.
ACTION V INACTION
Action is the single most effective antidote to depression, anxiety, stress, fear, worry, guilt, and of course, immobility. It is virtually impossible to be depressed and active at the same time. Even if you wanted to, it is difficult to keep on moping, complaining, lolling around and wallowing in self-pity if you get active and do something. Anything! Just doing is such an important part of being a fully functioning person.
In fact, that lack of action is not a result of depression; it is the cause. Don’t be paralyzed by the fear of making a mistake. Taking action, gives you momentum. Initiating the effort attracts opportunities and synergistic things happen.
Inactivity, on one hand, is most often a choice rather than an inescapable fact of life, while action is a definite way to avoid being victimized by yourself or others. When you take action, you also take control. Thinking keeps you a prisoner of the past. Action puts you in control of the future.
If you find yourself asking, “Yes, but what can I do” the answer is very, very simple. Anything is a lot more effective than nothing.
Sometimes there may be too much to do which causes many people to sit on the sideline and take no action. I have found myself in this position and what I do is simple :
Break the project down into bite size chunks
Just take one action a day and give 100% to every action, until I am comfortable in taking more.
That represents 30 actions per month, 90 actions per quarter and over 350 actions in the year.
Here is a video with a famous quote