No matter what we feel we know, no matter what our potential gifts or talents, only action brings them to life. Those of us who only think we understand concepts, such as commitment, courage, and love, one day discover that we only know when we act; doing becomes understanding.
Action is not easy in this world. Still, we must act. Turning all the words, concepts, and ideas into action requires energy; it requires sacrifice. We have to overcome insecurity and hurdle past self-doubt, lethargy, apathy, excuses, and a hundred good reasons not to rock the boat, to stay the course. But we keep getting the same message from life: It’s better to do what we need to do than not do it and have a good reason. This states, as well as anything, the Law of Action.
Still, most of us take action only when the emotional, mental, or physical pain gets so bad that we have to. Let’s change this.
Let’s acknowledge that action and change require initial discomfort, effort, and energy. Even if we are ready to take action, it boils down to actually doing it: Just do it.
Most of us wait for permission from our insides to do anything. We wait to “feel motivated”. We wait until fear is looking the other way, until self-doubt and insecurity step aside and give us permission to act. But action is stronger than subjectivity; there are times when we have to act with strength and courage no matter how we’re feeling or what we’re thinking.
Our mind may whisper, “Wait, you can’t do this. You’re not up for it. You’re not ready. You’ll make a fool of yourself. You’ll only get hurt. You’ll fail…and then what?” All of these voices may pass through our mind, but act anyway. Soon, these voices or feelings stop coming around so often…and then you’ll wake up one day to find that you’ve done it: You’ve made the change.