Ready, Set, Action (+ We Are Defined By Our Activity)!

a decision to act

It all starts with a decision to act – and even deciding is an action.

There is an old Chinese Maxim:

The best thing you can do is the right thing,

The second best thing is the wrong thing,

The worst thing you could do is nothing.

Just as “God helps those who help themselves”, there is a certain natural inertia that happens as a consequence of activity. Active people tend to stay active. Inactive people tend to stay inactive. Momentum begets momentum.

So before continuing on with this work, go do the activity you know you’re supposed to be doing. Stop making excuses and do the dang thang.

In Five Pieces to the Life Puzzle, America’s foremost business philosopher Jim Rohn writes: “We must remember that discipline is a requirement for progress, and that affirmations without discipline is the beginning of delusion (Rohn, Puzzle, p. 72). He goes on to say, “There is nothing wrong with affirmations provided we remember two important rules. First, we should never allow affirmation to replace action. Feeling better is no substitute for doing better. And second, whatever we affirm must be the truth.” (p. 72) Remember this one? “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:14).

1) Never let an affirmation replace action, &
2) Whatever you affirm must be the truth!

So some people say they do their daily affirmations in order to meet their goals. That’s all well and good for priming the brain and priming the body, but it does not DO the ACTION for you. Saying you can bench over 300 lbs is a great statement, but if you can’t back it up with evidence, it just means you’re lying to yourself and to others. It means you’re incongruent. It’s hurting – not helping – your ability to meet your goals.

“Any day we wish we can start the process of life change. We can do it immediately, or next week, or next month, or next year” (Rohn, Puzzle, p.73).

Do you know what the difference is between starting to play piano this week and starting to play piano next year? If you start this week, in a year’s time you’ll have already been playing piano for a year!

Remember: being bad at something is the first step to being kinda good at something.

Some people are worried about doing an activity and failing at it. Please see my entry on FAILURE.

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