Action

St. Louis the CrusaderThe process of acting, overcoming inertia and procrastination, moving forward, doing something toward accomplishment

Act as if it were impossible to fail. Dorothea Brande

We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.      Aristotle

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Action is a prerequisite to accomplishment. It takes action to get things done. Some of us are good at planning or thinking. Others may be more adept at getting things done. If our desire is to be better at seeing our thoughts and plans become reality, it is necessary to become a person who not only knows how to think but how to act as well. Getting started tomorrow or next week does not help us to achieve our goals. The road is always paved with good intentions. It requires action, overcoming inertia, and moving forward.

If we could learn to master the concept of “by the inch it is a cinch” or “eating an elephant one bite at a time;” there is so much more we could accomplish. If we can make just a little progress each day, then we are on the way. Little steps do not appear to add up to much, but they do. Systematic and methodical steps consistently forward add up to significant strides. Once we have taken action we may be already half way through to accomplishment. Actual starting any task is a major hurdle to overcome. Most of us can appreciate the truth of this statement. Procrastination and other excuses prevent many from taking action. Successful people can motivate themselves to action. Having great ideas or sound plans is nothing without action. Failing to act when action is required causes much pain and misery. Our failure to take early action can result in serious problems. History has examples of those who failed to act; England’s Lord Chamberlain’s failure to confront Hitler, allowed Nazi Germany to get the upper hand in Europe at the beginning of World War II.

“Taking Action” is a quality we should strive to develop and master. It gets us on the road to victory. Overcoming procrastination, excuses, unnecessary details, and other obstacles are things which stand in the way of action. Using affirmations such as “I can,” “Do it,” and “Act now” helps give us the action to get started. Belief in our self, visualizing success and holding ourselves accountable are useful techniques in helping us take action. Sometimes there are “doors of opportunity” that do not stay open very long. Usually, the sign on the door of opportunity, reads “PUSH”. All the best thinking in the world is useless without “taking some form of action.

Challenge: What personal project remains undone for a lack of action? Is there a valid reason for your inaction? Is it time for you to act? Commit to taking action on something that needs doing. Act! Jump in! Get wet! Overcome procrastination. Take that first step. Always have a list of projects and goals. Get in the habit of starting a new project weekly or monthly. Be proactive. Do not forget to finish the ones you have already started.

Wisdom: The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. Einstein

Spiritual: (NIV)

He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty. Proverbs 28:19

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  James 1:5

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

We are God’s hands and feet. He wants us to take action and get things done. He made us to succeed, not to sit around and vegetate. Think how different things would be if the majority of us were action oriented. What would it be like if we practiced the Golden Rule, took the time to be kind and considerate, helped those who needed help, and unselfishly gave of ourselves to help make a better world?

Prayer: May I use this day wisely and in ways that please You.

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