As the saying goes: actions speak louder than words.
How many times do thoughts pass through your head, but you never take any action? I need to write my book marketing plan. But the thought stays in your mental to-do list. Or, Tonight I’ll write this week’s blog post. Instead, you spend the evening scrolling through social media or streaming a series you’ve already watched five times. Or, Tomorrow morning I’m going to work out. Yet, you either hit the snooze but or decide to start the new workout regimen on Monday.
Actions Speak Louder than Words
When we don’t take action, everything we want to do—everything we know we should do—lingers on that mental to-do list. It either doesn’t get done or ends up taking longer to complete. I know, for the past few months there have been too many items lingering on my mental to-do. I know I need to write my book marketing plan (which seems more painful than writing a synopsis), but I haven’t moved on it. I have a thousand excuses as to why that’s the case, but the real reason is that I haven’t scheduled time into my day to even just begin it.
Things happen when we begin, like William Hutchinson Murray reminded us: “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.”
So, Just Begin
In whatever we want to do, whatever we need to do, we must just begin. Now. No more waiting. No more letting fear or self-doubt hold us back. What if we get it wrong? We try again. We find the lesson and work to improve. Because if we never try, then we’ll never know what could be.
That is why actions speak louder than words.