He does not believe who does not live according to his belief.
--- Sigmund Freud
--- Sigmund Freud
The only ideas that will make any difference to anyone else in the world are those you act upon. The rest you will take with you unrealized to the grave. Even the man who spawned the largest stop-and-reflect-on-your-childhood movement in human history knew actions are the only way to make thoughts matter. People react to you based on your actions. The thoughts you do not translate into actions are exactly that—thoughts—and nothing more. A thought only becomes real when you act on it. Your actions are the only means at your disposal to manifest your thoughts in the physical world. This critical decision—determining which thoughts to empower into action—is where your power lies.
This week, make a commitment to something greater than yourself that you deeply believe in but have not been acting on. If you feel uneasy about the substandard education many children receive in low-income neighborhoods, or the lack of proper health care in many developing countries, or the loneliness of many elderly people relegated to nursing homes once they are no longer deemed “productive” in our society, and believe that something should be done about it, ask yourself how you will live according to your belief. Meditate on this question and then thank your thoughts for their wisdom, put them aside, and take action.
What have been the most rewarding moments in your life that involved helping others? What did you learn from them? Share them with us in the comments.
Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).