Good and Bad Action

Jul 13, 2011 by

If you follow my blog you know that I write about doing something to get yourself unstuck. I even made a video about Doing SOmething Else (DOSE) to encourage you.

I have discovered that I need to be specific because not all action is created equally.

Nothing Can Be Something

I had myself convinced that I am a pretty lazy person and that I need to take dire measures to get myself moving. One day I was telling my husband how my day went, and my response hit me like a ton of bricks.

I didn’t really do anything.

After those words came out of my mouth I realized that I had been working on my blog and facebook, chatting with some gamblers, returning emails and running errands. The truth was that I had actually been quite busy. However, I had a preconceived notion of what he expected of me. I was letting my idea of what he wanted determine my answer.

When he told me the truth of his thoughts on my inaction he shocked me.

He thinks I’m a workaholic!

He said that I’m always thinking in terms of lessons, helping others and new things I can try on the blog or social media sites. I’m always on my phone or reading something to pass along.

Well, yep, that is true. My idea of inaction is truly, continually acting on something.

Hunting and Gathering

On the other hand, I love to gather information. I will pick up pamphlets, research things extensively and collect papers with notes on them. I have the intention of using that information to your benefit because I find some really great stuff.

I have considered it taking massive action toward my goals. When I look at it more closely, I realize it’s a habit that’s taking up an enormous amount of mental energy and physical space. It’s overwhelming me and I’m finding that I am incredibly bogged down. I have noticed that when I take the time to clean up some of the clutter I begin to feel lighter and more creative.

Thinking and doing = good

Collecting = bad

So, when I think I’m not doing anything, I’m actually working. When I think I’m taking action, I’m actually burying myself and spinning my wheels. All it took was for me to take a deeper, honest look at what was really going on. I stopped long enough to listen to my partner and I went inside to check in with my feelings.

Are you taking true action in your life? Don’t fall for the false positives. They will make you feel worse and will hold you back. It’s time to move forward…one step at a time.

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