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Get Physical

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“Work is force times distance.” That’s the basis of perpetual motion, aka physics. The faster something moves, the warmer it gets.

To put it another way in the scheme of life: You don’t get something for nothing. Output generates the pace of change.

The best part is about motion is that you don’t have to get the chemistry right before taking action. You just go and let the laws of movement teach you where to go next.

If you’re reaching for a goal, you’ll need to keep the faith because there will be impediments along the way that try to weaken your energy, discourage your spirit, and make you quit.

When in doubt, keep working, keep moving. Success is a constant drip.

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Flow forward 

If you want something done, ask a busy person. They’re already in motion.

If you want a big idea, ask a bored person. They’re itching for a creative release.

If you want an excuse, ask a procrastinator. They’re already ruing the next ‘missed’ opportunity.

Effort doesn’t necessitate success but at least it asks for some type of return. Everything is practice.

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Inspiration x Action

Inspiration gets the blood flowing and the mind churning with ideas. All of a sudden, the mission becomes possible.

While inspiration is an impetus for action, it doesn’t get any of the hard work done. The grind is the most important part in finding and testing your legend.

Think big picture. Think about your overall contribution rather than your collection of achievements.

Gather sources of inspiration as a means of figuring it all out. And then pick something and pursue it. It may not be exactly what you want but you’ll learn a lot along the way and it’ll lead to something else.

Inspiration is for amateurs. Action is for professionals.

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More Important Than Another

What’s actionable? What makes one thing a priority over another; is it just the due date or the impact it may have on other people?

“The Principle of Priority states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what’s important first.” – Steven Pressfield

Important is what people care about most. But if everything is important, than nothing has intrinsic value. We can’t possibly do it all with 100% effort and concentration. The brain is a motor that runs out of gas. We can only do our best when we can focus on the task at hand.

There are simply too many tasks involved in daily life. The tasks at work, at home, and in our social lives. Life itself is one big Herculean task.

So what is one important task that you’re taking action against today?

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William James on self-thought

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“That which holds our attention determines our action.”

William James

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Smart People x Action

There are smarter people than you and I in this world. You can probably name a few people at the top of your head right now.

But acuity often goes underused because some smart people are too lazy, too scared, or too analytical for action.

The Lazy Smart: These people excel in work but wait for others to tell them what to do. They also have a tendency to philosophize and act above those obeying and working hard.

The Scared Smart: These people are the class leaders or executives that have various degrees but get caught up in red tape. As soon as you accept a system of hurdles, you stop asking questions that lead to innovation.

The Analytical Smart: These people can do quick calculations and speak eloquently. But they tend to hesitate and wait for the right answers before taking any important action. Rarely, do they follow their gut.

“He who hesitates is lost.” – Joseph Addison

Nothing replaces doing the work. Constant action, trial and error, comes from the combination of curiosity and sound judgement.

There will always someone smarter and quicker than you. But if what you want depends on them, prepare for nothing to get done. Take it upon yourself to take responsibility and lead.