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Taking Action: The Most-Prized Currency

By on Aug 19, 2010


What you think about expands, so think about what you want — not about what you don’t want! – Dr. Wayne Dyer

If you’re a sensible person, you will decide right now to never think of what you don’t want ever again.

I know it’s a startling proposition, but it really shouldn’t be. In life, we should strive to use techniques that work, whatever they may be.

If you were trying to lose weight, you wouldn’t go on a diet of bacon wrapped lard would you?

If you were training for a boxing match, you wouldn’t practice throwing weak punches, right?

You get the idea.

The bottom line is that we should strive to implement techniques that work and relinquish those that don’t serve to further our goals.

What’s in your mind is a constant reminder

If you were trying to quit smoking and you had a poster of a man enjoying a cigarette by your desk, you’d constantly be reminded of what you’re trying not to do. As a result, you’d be tempted to break your commitment to quit smoking, precisely what you don’t want.

In contrast, if you had a poster up of a very physically fit man taking a hike in nature with ease, this picture would inspire you to maintain your efforts to kick the smoking habit because you want to be physically fit just like the man in the poster.

Our minds are like posters that we take with us wherever we go. And the pictures we hold in our minds either motivate us to act in ways that take us closer to our goals, or further away.

If you have a sincere desire to reach your goal, you’ll be very careful what you hold in your mind.

Every direction leads to an ultimate destination: our destiny. – Anthony Robbins

Holding in your mind the outcome you desire also produces positive feelings. Those positive feelings are conducive to positive action. Thinking about what you don’t want causes depression, a mental state disadvantageous to self-enhancing action.

Focus on the present

Since what’s in your mind influences your action, what do you think focusing on the past causes? If what you’re thinking about is a pleasant memory, it will uplift your spirits.

If, however, you’re merely dwelling on the past wishing things could have been different, you’re holding a negative poster in your mind. Not only will having such negativity sitting in your mind depress you, it also won’t compel you to take the kind of action you can right now to enhance your life.

Every great accomplishment anyone has ever made in life has been the result of the action they have taken. Action is the only currency in the universe that produces the results you seek. Since that’s the case, strive to direct your thoughts in ways that positively direct you. That way, you’ll reach your chosen destination before you know it.

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Take action and see where the good goes™

Each year, almost 9 million children in the developing world die of largely preventable and treatable illnesses before they reach the age of five – that equates to approximately 24,000 child deaths a day.

However, every 4 seconds a child survives thanks to the basic health care provided by local health workers.

Save the Children and the Ad Council are working together to mobilize citizen action in the U.S. to help local health workers save more children worldwide.

Help local health workers bring the good to the children who need it most. You are one step away from helping children around the world survive.

When you help one, you help so many. You can help the good go further.