Action vs Self-Delusion
by Jim Rohn
Knowledge fueled by emotion equals action. Action is the ingredient that
ensures results. Only action can cause reaction. Further, only positive
action can cause positive reaction.
Action. The whole world loves to watch those who make things happen, and
it rewards them for causing waves of productive enterprise.
I stress this because today I see many people who are really sold on
affirmations. And yet there is a famous saying that "Faith without
action serves no useful purpose." How true!
I have nothing against affirmations as a tool to create action. Repeated
to reinforce a disciplined plan, affirmations can help create wonderful
But there is also a very thin line between faith and folly. You see -
affirmations without action can be the beginnings of self-delusion. And
for your well being, there is little worse than self-delusion.
The man who dreams of wealth and yet walks daily toward certain
financial disaster and the woman who wishes for happiness and yet thinks
thoughts and commits acts that lead her toward certain despair are both
victims of the false hope which affirmations without action can
manufacture. Why? Because words soothe and, like a narcotic, they lull
us into a state of complacency. Remember this: TO MAKE PROGRESS YOU MUST
ACTUALLY GET STARTED!
The key is to take a step today. Whatever the project, start TODAY.
Start clearing out a drawer of your newly organized desk ... today.
Start setting your first goal... today. Start listening to motivational
cassettes ... today. Start a sensible weight-reduction plan ... today.
Start calling on one tough customer a day ... today. Start putting money
in your new "investment for fortune" account ... today. Write a
long-overdue letter ... today. ANYONE CAN! Even an uninspired person can
start reading inspiring books.
Get some momentum going on your new commitment for the good life. See
how many activities you can pile on your new commitment to the better
life. Go all out! Break away from the downward pull of gravity. Start
your thrusters going. Prove to yourself that the waiting is over and the
hoping is past -- that faith and action have now taken charge.
It's a new day, a new beginning for your new life. With discipline you
will be amazed at how much progress you'll be able to make. What have
you got to lose except the guilt and fear of the past?
Now, I offer you this challenge: See how many things you can start and
continue in this -- the first day of your new beginning.
To Your Success,
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