Getting “Write” Down to Action

August 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Freedom Space

Writing by pedrosimoes7 on flickr

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.

~ Arthur Ashe

Where to begin? But then again, where to end?

Do definitions of the beginning and ending of action categorically exist? Personally, I don’t believe they do.

Although the word “action” immediately conjures images in my brain of highly motivated or strenuous activity, the opposite can also be the case.

Initiating a casual wander along the beach is taking action, just as flopping in front of the TV set to watch a movie is also taking action. Hardly overly strenuous acts, however still a form of motivated action.

Our brain has come up with an idea, made the choice to act upon the idea and an action has taken place.

Such relaxed actions as taking a stroll along the beach or watching a movie are not usually regarded as acts which may produce life changing consequences, whereas other actions we may decide upon can really rock our world!

Taking action in order to produce a desired outcome deserves some thoughtful consideration, an amount of planning time, before setting the wheels in motion.

Take a look at three alternative thought processes ~

Alternative # 1 – You are bound and determined to change your life in any way, be it a momentous change or a tiny tweak, but you have no clue whatsoever of how you intend to make these changes. The initial actions of rip, tear and bust leave you in grave danger of running about like a headless chicken, exerting massive amounts of energy, without results.

At the end of the day, you’re exhausted, and worse still, have achieved nothing. Keep in mind this quote from Mabel Newcomber ~

It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.

Alternative # 2 – The most earth shatteringly amazing idea lands smack bang out of nowhere and into your brain. You’re excited. You’re pumped. You’re motivated. You tell your friends, read up on the facts, check out the risks, estimate the cost, write a list of pros and cons, and get back to your friends for their opinions. You sleep on it. Doubt creeps in. You recheck the facts, the costs, the risks and your list of pros and cons, then sleep on it some more.

Over thinking an idea usually leads to procrastination, which leads to self-doubt, which leads to exhaustion, which leads to inaction. You give up on the idea.

(If only you had remembered that you gave birth to the idea in the first place and, as such, you have the freedom to make changes along the way, if you so desire!)

You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you’ll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless.

~ Caroline Myss

Alternative # 3 – Being the creative soul you are, you realise that in order to grow and advance in life, some form of plan, combined with action, is required. Your happiness is at stake, decisions need to be made, change may be necessary. You have some ideas, quite brilliant ideas, even if you do say so yourself.

You put out the feelers…the actions begin, just tiny baby steps in the beginning, you need to “feel” your way into the unknown territory. What is your soul telling you? Feel the words it whispers gently into your ear…that’s right…one step at a time…slowly to begin with…

Just as the momentum begins to kick in, so do more amazing ideas. Why didn’t you think of that in the first place? The answer is simple; you calmly took the initial steps of action, which led to more action, which built into even bigger and better ideas!

I can’t emphasise one point strongly enough ~ when the decision is made to initiate change in your life, by taking action which has been decided upon, through your own free will, nothing is set in concrete. Your life is your own, and as such, you are free to make any changes necessary along the way.

As individuals, we each have our own unique ideas for initiating the inspiration to action. You know yourself better than anyone else…

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

~ Dr. Seuss

My own personal mind clarifier comes in the form of writing. Taking the action of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, as the case may be), brings me the clarity of mind to answer most of my world’s previously unanswerable questions. This is especially so after I commune with nature.

Writing, for me, calms and soothes my soul. It removes the muddlement of my mind, answering questions and opening the path for action. In other words…

It shows me the path, “write” down to the actions!

How about you? What is it you do, to help calm your muddled brain, soothe your mind and soul and open the well of inspiration to take positive action?

Photo Source: Writing by Pedro Ribeiro Simoes


4 Responses to “Getting “Write” Down to Action”
  1. Katie says:

    Joanne, great post. I think this is why I like blogging so much – it clears the soul and unmuddles life — mine and hopefully others.

  2. Stan Young says:

    Hi Joanne
    Some great ideas you have shared. Even though I am not much of a writter I like reading other peoples blogs that provoke thought and different perspective on life. I find this relaxing and also inspiring to hear other peoples stories. Everyone has a story to tell and its amazing what we can learn.
    I like to take time to think of what I am grateful for in my life,this is really important to me. There are so many things to be grateful for in life.
    Thanks you a great post.