August 08 - 2011
More often than you want to believe, the best course of action (or thought) is to do the opposite of the masses.
Bill Gove, often considered the father of professional speaking in the US, said something that is worth tattooing on your arm--where you can see it!
He said: It's easier to act yourself into good thinking than it is to think yourself into good action.
This is completely contrary to what most of us have learned and contrary to where the masses, who do wish for more in thier lives, start. The power of positive thinking is immense and we ought to have clear intentions and work to think our way through challenges and hash out plans but...
Most people get held up in their lives by thinking forever—or until they essentially give up and just stop thinking about the life they want altogether. So sad. You and I need to do the opposite of what the hoi poloi do.
Mostly, all you need to do is what you already know. Be Faithful. Be faithful to what it is you do, the roles you have in your life and what you know must be done. Do what you know and do your best…your thoughts will change when you change what you do.
If only you'd do what we know you could change your world. Stop thinking things through and do what you know. Do what's scary. Do what others think is outrageous. Do it now! Call mom. Go to the county clerk's office and start your business. Throw the cigarettes in the trash. Wake up at 5am tomorrow. Do something!
Unfortunately, most will hide in alleged thought and instead engage in some watered-down nonsense activity that creates comfort in the moment and more pain later. You see, avoiding action or taking compromised action (kicking up dust) might keep those around you fooled but it also keeps you from your promise--your potential, your legacy. It bears an expense on your very soul. You know you're not doing your best, you know you're avoiding the rest of your life and you know you’re letting the best of you rot while you’re still alive.
Stop thinking and do something, now!
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Ron's bottom line bio about himself:
Professional: Pro Coach, Author and Pro Speaker --teaching the wisdom of The Uncompromised from executive boardrooms to county recovery shelters.
Personal: Husband, Father, Athlete, Avid Reader (and student of history) and big fan good conversation on topics ranging from theology to economics and from virtue to the history of war.