Updated: Nov 7
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.”
Johann Von Goethe
Imagine for a moment that you’re going bowling.
You know the objective of the game – to roll the bowling ball down the lane and knock down as many pins as possible. You have the proper equipment – the shoes and the ball. And you’re also excited – you enjoy the game.
Now it’s time to step into position, and send the ball down the lane. Knowledge and desire aren’t enough at this point – it’s time for action.
You may want to bowl, and you may know how to bowl, but until you apply that knowledge and desire to an action, you’ll never knock down any pins.
It is action that produces results.
Action makes a desired result possible; it transforms a mere idea into something tangible. The application of knowledge, the use of skills, and the investment of time and energy have the ability to breathe life into a dream and make it a reality.
Results aren’t achieved passively – they are earned through action. Have an idea? A dream? A goal? Act!
Contemplate the following questions as you keep in mind the importance of action:
Do you have any specific ideas, goals, or dreams that could be acted upon today?
What stops you from acting upon your goals? Is it fear, or do you feel you don’t know how to act?
Call to mind one area in your life or career that seems particularly troublesome. What could you do right now to improve this area? What’s stopping you?
Now call to mind one goal, dream, or idea of yours. What steps could you take right now to bring this idea or goal to completion? What’s stopping you?
Action isn’t simply important to results, it’s necessary for results. So don’t let another day go by without acting – act now!
Remember: Every action should start with a well organized plan. Learn the importance of, and how to construct, a plan for your purpose here.
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