One of the ideas I talk about in my new book, which comes out this spring, is that “action always beats intention.”
I spent 30 years doing a lot of talking about my dream but very little doing.
It took me a long time to learn that dreamers are a dime a dozen. The world is lousy with dreamers. Doers? They’re rare. They’re the ones who actually change the world.
The books I wanted to write, wouldn’t write themselves.
The miles I wanted to run, wouldn’t run themselves.
The speeches I wanted to give, wouldn’t give themselves.
I had to move beyond intention and into action, because action always beats intention.
This morning, while reading a book called The Wisdom of the Desert , I saw a thought from a monk that applied to this concept:
“If you have a chest full of clothing, and leave it for a long time, the clothing will rot inside. It is the same with thoughts in our heart. If we do not carry them out by physical action, after a long while they will spoil and turn bad.”
I hope you have intentions. I hope you have a million dreams. But above all, I hope you don’t let fear convince you to keep that chest of ideas locked and hidden under your bed.
Get it out.
Action always beats intention.
What’s a small action you could set in motion today?