Stop Daydreaming & Start Doing
The adage “actions speak louder than words” is somewhat fitting for living the life we desire. We spend much of our lives talking or dreaming about all the things we want our life to be. For some, the mere thought is enough to satisfy; for others, our ambition is for something greater. Ambition without action does us no good. Today, we’re going to stop talking, stop dreaming, and take our destiny into our own hands.
“Got an idea to start,” “Thinking to start,” and “Making a commitment to start” is one aspect of life. Actually, “Starting” what you truly want to do in life, is a completely different ball game.”― Manoj Arora
Motion vs. Action
In the book Atomic Habits by James Clear, he talks specifically about motion versus action. Although the terms may sound similar, Clear clarifies his description of both:
“When you’re in motion, you’re planning and strategizing and learning. Those are all good things, but they don’t produce a result. Action, on the other hand, is the type of behavior that will deliver an outcome.”
An example would be wanting to be a musician. You read everything you can on musical composition, listen to your favorite artist on repeat, and buy the best instrument money can buy. All of that is just motion. You have to pick up the instrument and play it to produce results.
So why do we spend all of this time in motion when it’s not getting us what we want? Well, we aren’t risking failure when we’re in motion. All the planning and daydreaming in the world doesn’t put us in a position where we’d say we succeed or failed.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ― Paulo Coelho
The real failure is a failure to launch, not the act of failing. Failing is a tool that allows us to learn and evolve. The only time a loss is detrimental is when we attach ourselves and identify with it so much that we become the failure. But if you use every attempt at reaching your goal as practice or a lesson that helps you along the way, there’s no such thing as losing. Every step or misstep is moving you forward.
“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions — as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
Action is Success
Physically starting is the biggest obstacle I’ve encountered when it comes to my goals and aspirations. All the planning and troubleshooting before starting is nothing like real-world experience. Knowledge and a gameplan are a big help for any endeavor, but initiating the action to reach your dreams and accepting failure as part of the learning process is far more critical to your long-term success.
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.