Thoughts Are Not Actions!

“I should have dinner with her.”

“I really ought to spend time on that.”

“I must stop doing this.”

It seems like our society has never had more thoughts and less action.  Instead of action, let’s tweet our thoughts or Facebook poke our loved ones.  Right?

Here’s one fellow 8pm Warrior’s brilliant thoughts:

“The reason I think life gets harder as we get older is that we get used to thinking that a thought is an action.  We lose spontaneity.

When we were little we had a thought and ran out and did it. But we learned to sit still and be careful.  

But when you learn to be careful about some things, you become careful about most things, even important things.”

Betsy Cross on the “It Doesn’t Get Easier” post

 

Don’t wait until someone dies for a visitation.

Don’t wait for the perfect time to do what you love.

Don’t wait.

Do something crazy tonight,

Aaron @Biebert

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18 comments on “Thoughts Are Not Actions!”

  1. I have to add that the greatest burden I carry is not responding to a thought or a prompting to do something. It’s like w heavy weight that can be ignored but until carried out will suck the life out of me. If it goes undone for too long I won’t be able to easily make the connection between my energy level and the thing that I was “supposed” to do. We don’t get many reminders. Best to act on the first one!
    Have a great day Aaron!

  2. This blog post comes at the right moment for me. Thank you, Aaron and Betsy.

    Yesterday, I started a social experiment in change-making. It’s about a small change in the big picture: the reinvention of a sustainable game development model. And yet this small change I am trying to drive has everything to do with community, collaboration, and the untapped potential of social. The triumphs and challenges for any kind of desired change through social may be unveiled by this experiment. And, maybe, some other things will come out too. Good and bad.

    You can read about it and -please- join me in the adventure here:

    http://stanfaryna.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/how-you-and-i-are-going-to-change-the-world

    My experiment may begin to answer several questions about the optimistic assumptions I have about social:

    1. How much change can be made by a tsunami of voices via social?
    2. Will people collaborate via social in the hope to make change?
    3. Will people help others out on causes to which they have no gain?

    We all talk a lot (too much) about how awesome social is but we all seem to not act on our enthusiastic assumptions of what can be done and how we can make it happen. 

    In other words: Lots of ideas. Lots of enthusiasm. Little action. Few or no results. Even less collaboration and triumph.

    1. Stan, it sounds like you are working on something brilliant.  Keep us posted!

      As for your last comments, I would agree.  People really don’t act much anymore.  Quite sad.
      I wonder if that will ever change.  Hopefully you find a way.

  3. As a comedy writer once remarked, “poking someone on Facebook and having them poke you back generates a feedback loop whereby the both of you become stupider.”

    The Internet facilitates pseudo-interaction and encourages procrastination. The more successful a social network becomes, the more incentive it will provide for you to linger there and procrastinate with all your might. 

    Two things I noticed about Facebook:
    I once stumbled upon filmmaker Lars von Trier’s account. He had 74 friends and two or three updates at best. He is too busy making and producing movies. A girl I met who worked at a florist’s had 800 friends. 
    Steve Jobs didn’t have a Facebook account. He was too busy leading his company.

    The key to action is deciding what really matters. Until you decide, others will gladly decide for you.

    Thanks for this timely reminder, Aaron.

    1. I love those examples.  Very true.

      Sometimes I’m embarrassed that I don’t have more connections on Facebook.  Sometimes I’m proud of it.

      Regardless, it’s really important that people do what they’re supposed to do.  Not just think about it.  Not just play on Facebook.Great comment sir!

  4. My mantra? decide2do, then DO! All the visualizing, affirming, dreaming or thinking in the world will result in nothing until that first step is taken. Action is where it’s at. Cheers! Kaarina

  5. Aaron, I totally agree it’s best to act on your thoughts, which I think is the main point of your post, But there’s also a suggestion that posting thoughts to social media somehow negates action. To offer a slightly different perspective… If someone posts their thoughts on Facebook or Twitter, etc., maybe they really are looking for guidance and that can be helpful toward taking some action.  And a ‘poke’ can be a spontaneous, friendly ‘hi’ or it can be a call for some validation that someone…anyone… is listening (which can potentially lead to action.)  

    Thought provoking as always, thanks!   

    1. Susan, I agree with you that social posts can lead to action.  No doubt.  I just think people need to make sure that it does lead to action.

      Thanks for the comment!

  6. We have to be more like children who naturally default to acting immediately and not waiting for another day. One of my favorite quotes… “An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.” ~Arnold H. Glasgow

  7. Good point.  I followed your advice and had a Lg DQ chocolate sundae.  I felt much better than if i only thought about it.

  8. I completely agree with @twitter-562128902:disqus …”you become careful about most things…even important things”  We DO lose that child-like spontaneity and enthusiasm and replace it with fear and mistrust.  And so our “actions” become second guessing.  We have complete conversations in our heads that convincingly talk us out of real action.   Excellent reminder @Biebert:disqus …. thank you. 
    Claudia

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