How To take Action

This series of small blog posts comes from a “rebrandable” eBook that I purchased out of interest recently. To be honest, the quality of the eBook was totally underwhelming … but because I now own the rights to republish it on my site as I see fit, I’ll be adding a chapter every couple of days (I’m really busy at the moment, and struggling to get new content written).

Hopefully you’ll be able to pull something useful from the chapters as I post them. I’ll be adding some commentary where appropriate as well – such as at the end of each chapter to summarize the post.

Truth be told I will probably “wipe” these upcoming posts once I’ve got back to writing more regular content (I’ve got some embryonic ideas for about 10 different blog posts that I want to do over the next few weeks).  Bear in mind I’ve also been focusing on writing larger articles, as well as offering guest contributions to other leading blogs, so the amount I’ve been putting on Why Am I Lazy? has been slipping somewhat.

Thought is the drive implicit in all. And what do we mean by this? Merely this: Your every act – each conscious act – is premised by a thought. Your commanding thoughts influence your dominating actions. In the domain of our own brains we have total control, or we ought to have, and if
at any time we haven’t, then there’s a technique by which we may gain control, and in the domain of the brain become thorough masters.

In order to get to the real foundation of the matter, let us look to this for a minute. For if thought is forever parent to our acts, habits, character, life then it’s first essential that we know totally how to command our thoughts.

Our Thoughts

Here let us refer to the law of the brain which is the same as is the law in association with the reflex nerve system of the body, the law which states that whenever one does a particular thing in a particular way it’s easier to do the same thing in the same way the following time, and still simpler the next, and the next, and the next, till in time it comes to pass that no work is required, or no work worth speaking of; but on the opposite would call for the effort.

The brain carries with it the might that perpetuates its own sort of thought, the same as the body carries with it through the reflex nerve system the might which perpetuates and makes continually easier its own specific acts. Thus a easy effort to control one’s thoughts, a easy setting about it, even if initially failure is the outcome, and even if for a time failure appears to be about the sole result, will in time, eventually, bring him to the point of simple, full, and complete command.

Each one, then, may grow the power of determining, commanding his thought, the power of determining what sorts of thought he shall and what sorts he shall not entertain.

For let us never part in mind with this reality, that each earnest effort along any line makes the end aimed at simply a little easier for every succeeding effort, even if, as has been stated, apparent failure is the outcome of the earlier efforts. This is a case where even failure is success, for the failure isn’t in the effort, and each sincere effort adds an increment of might that will finally achieve the end aimed at. We may, then, gain the full and utter power of determining what character, what sort of thoughts we think of.

Shall we now provide attention to a concrete example? Here is a gentleman, the cashier of a big sales outlet, or cashier of a bank. In his morning newspaper he reads of a man who’s become suddenly wealthy, has made a fortune of half a million or a million dollars in a couple of hours through speculation on the stock exchange. Maybe he’s seen an account of a different gentleman who’s done practically the same thing recently.

He is not quite judicious enough, however, to understand the fact that when he reads of one or two cases of this sort he may find, were he to look into the matter cautiously, one or two hundred cases of gentlemen who have lost all they had in the same way.

He believes, however, that he will be among the fortunate ones. He doesn’t fully recognize that there are no short cuts to wealth realistically made.

He takes a part of his nest egg, and as is true in practically all cases of this sort, he loses all that he’s put in, thinking now that he sees why he lost, and that if he had more cash he would be able to get back what he’s lost, and maybe make a handsome sum in addition, and make it rapidly, the thought comes to him to utilize some of the funds he has charge of.

In 9 cases out of 10, if not 10 cases in every 10, the results that inescapably follow this are known sufficiently well to make it hard for him to continue.

Where is the man’s safety in the light of what we have been thinking about? Merely this: the moment the thought of utilizing for his own purpose funds belonging to other people enters his mind, if he’s wise he will at once put the thought from his mind.

If he’s a fool he will think of it. In the degree in which he thinks of it, it will grow on him; it will become the engrossing thought in his brain; it will finally become master of his self-control, and through quickly succeeding steps, dishonor, shame, and degradation, penitentiary, remorse will be his.

It’s simple for him to put the thought from his brain when it first enters; but as he thinks of it, it grows to such proportions that it becomes more and more hard for him to put it from his mind; and later it becomes practically impossible for him to do it.

The light of the match, which but a little effort of the breath would have snuffed it initially, has imparted a flame that’s raging through the whole building, and now it’s almost if not rather impossible to subdue it.

So what’s the moral of this story?

If we look behind the disastrous attempt at sounding educated that the writer has deployed, the lesson here is that in order to take action you need to have a thought that “sparks” everything.

At the heart of any action or undertaking, there must have been a preceding thought. Depending on the nature of the thought, this could result in something positive (e.g. the decision to go to the gym and workout) or, in the example given, a man losing his money on the stock exchange.

But the fact remains … in order to take action and get something done, you need to have a thought.

The other moral of the story is that I feel proud I can write far better articles and web content than whoever did this rebrandable eBook. I’m proud of the self-improvement and motivational content I create, and think it stacks up well compared with the competition.

However, stay tuned for the second chapter of this “how to take action” series … where I post another confusingly written piece and then break down the main points for you to takeaway.

Thanks for your time, and have an awesome day.