There Are Different Meanings of Action
Author: Catherine Pulsifer, ©2012
There seems to be a misconception about what action is.
Some Believe That ...
For some, action towards the accomplishment of a goal, or anything for that matter, means that they start to think about it. And, while thinking is a key component towards moving forward with whatever it is you want, it is by far the least likely to get you anywhere at all.
And, Others Believe That ...
And, others believe that action means that they take one step and only one step to changing, moving, or acquiring whatever they need or want, and, then they stop. They stop for a number of reasons that we will talk about in other articles, but, for now, let's just say that this one action seems to be all they think is necessary. And, this one action is no more than comparing taking one action towards learning any new skill then stopping. You obviously know that it takes a lot more than one action to learn a different skill.
Then There Are ...
Then, there are those who believe that any action counts and is significant towards the end goal or accomplishment. Well, unfortunately, any action won't cut it - the action needs to be directed specifically towards a specific end or task, and each action that follows must compliment the preceding. These actions, therefore, accumulate to keep you moving forward, not sideways, or backwards, or something of little vale - but moving forward.
Words of Wisdom
For those of you who have taken action over and over again, have written a goal plan, have written and followed specific targets and timeframes, and have yet to succeed, I have these words of wisdom.
There are many, many examples of people who have strived to succeed over and over again but always seemed to hit the proverbial brick wall. But, the beauty of a lot of these stories, real people stories, is that they continued to prevail where perseverance prevailed over resistance. They did not give up - they did not fail without learning what didn't work and building upon this knowledge to find, that which did work. Edison and Lincoln are two historical figures that cemented these continuous actions without giving up.
You Need To Decide
So, action may mean different things to different people.
What you need to decide is which action person do you need to be to accomplish or change your life to what you want?
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe."
"Remember, once you have started your journey towards change, the only things that separate those who succeed and those who do not are perseverance and determination."
"Be willing to change your ways, not to sacrifice how you do things, but to explore new possibilities."
Noelle C. Nelson
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