Inspirational quotes are sweet and feel good for about 3 seconds after you read them. But a Quote is worthless without action. – Tony Robbins and here
What does that mean?
This quote is the whole point of this blog. Quotes on Twitter are the junk food of the modern mind. As the quote says, the sayings are good for a few seconds, and then they’re gone. Yep, they’re sweet, and they make you feel good as they play through your mind, but then what? They’re gone just as fast.
This blog tries to make something of those snacks-of-the-mind and make them a bit more substantive. That usually includes asking the reader to take some action relating to the quote at the end of the post. And that’s what today’s quote is talking about. Do something, or it’s just a brief mental exercise.
To make the point a little more specifically, what do you do when you read a quote, weather on Twitter, the internet, a bumper sticker, or in a book? How often are you spurred into action? Or is it just a quick mental pleasure?
Why is taking action important?
All the usual silly answers aside, intellectual pursuits have their uses, but all the thinking about housing the homeless won’t result in any houses being built. Accomplishing that requires people who are willing to go out and take action, right?
So many of us, and I include myself in this group, have great ideas and lofty goals in our heads, often inspired by quotes. However, they aren’t much use to anyone until we do something, until we take action. It doesn’t matter how good the idea is, or how warm the thought is, until you do something, it is still just a thought.
Taking action could be swinging a hammer while helping build a house. It could also be writing a letter to a friend. It could be backing a cause, or donating money to a charity. All of these are doing something. All of these are ways to take action, to join in and help out.
Where can I apply this in my life?
If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you’re probably already very familiar with this concept, I just hadn’t seen it formally stated as a quote. That kind of makes me feel good inside, to think I had a good idea, and actually took action. 8)
While we could apply the concept of taking action on a quote pretty much anywhere, I would like to take it away from this specific quote and apply it to something more personal. We all have a favorite quote or two. Let’s take a moment and call a few of them to mind. They feel good in your head, don’t they? Now let’s do something with them.
Let’s start with a small action. Grab some paper and write down your favorite couple of quotes. What actions have these quotes inspired you take? Think about what you have done in the past, and what you might be doing now to take action.
How much better do the actions feel than just the thought of the quote? I don’t know about you, but the actions (or memories of the actions) were far more powerful to me than just the quotes by themselves. Take a moment and write down a few of these actions next to each of the quotes.
Is there a pattern to the actions? I don’t mean that all the quotes about hunger inspired actions relating to hunger, but what were the actions? Did all of them relate to the local food bank? Did all of them involve writing a check?
While it’s one thing to stick with your strong suit, there is also some appeal to try something a little different. Something to change it up, keep it fresh, or even make it feel new again. Take a look and if you see a pattern, write down a new idea or two which you could try.
Now look at the different activities you listed and consider how many you are actually doing now. Are you busy, or have you kind of dropped off a bit? The holidays are past, and you have (hopefully) recovered from them and the usual colds which get passed around at family gatherings.
So what is the plan for the New Year? What are you going to do, what will you start, what will you do differently? It’s time to get started. What can you add to your busy schedule?
What actions can you take to actually live your favorite quotes, instead of just briefly tasting them?
From: Twitter, @tonyrobbins
confirmed at : http://frrole.com/o/inspirational-quotes-are-sweet-and-feel–sirandrewjames-nashville
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