50 Words to Your Dreams Chapter 23 Action by Michael George Knight

Chapter 23: Action

Action is the ability to use your body to shape your outer environment by using your mind. You have the power to use your human form to do something and create something. You also have the power not to do something and not create anything. It all starts first in your mind a thought then an impulse to act. You can say action is the outward movement of our inner thoughts, dreams and habits into existence. Your actions determine your destiny. Not what you say but what you do. Action can be seen as the car that is going to drive you to the future you dream about. You can dream, you can plan, you can learn, you can think, you can believe but if you don’t act, nothing happens, nothing gets done without action.


Life doesn’t get better by wishing it gets better by acting. You need to start practicing the daily habit of taking small actions on your goals. If you start taking small daily actions on your goals over the next 5 years or 1826 days, the actions you take will compound and get you to your destination. Most people go through life first without goals and direction, so their daily actions become goalless. It is simply mathematics.


For example, your goal is to read 25 books in the next 12 months and the average book is approx. 250 pages. Simply put 25 x 250 = 6250 pages. This might seem like a massive number but if you take 6250 and divide by 365 days you only need to read 17 pages on average a day. This shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes. Everyone has 30 minutes in a day to work on their goals if they made it a priority.



Most of our life is taken up by our basic needs to exist as a human on earth. From sleeping, eating, working, socializing, grooming, relaxing and everything else that fills our day up. In our fast-paced world 95 percent of our actions and reactions are automatic, unconscious responses to our physical and human environments. We get only about 5 percent of our spare time which we can devote to disciplined quality action. First break your major goal down into tasks and then make time in your schedule to devote yourself to focus on disciplined quality action. Once you start the daily habit of working on your goals you will see how much time you really waste on unimportant un-goal related activity. Start by increasing the amount of time you spend on disciplined quality action and less time on undisciplined unimportant activities. By scheduling time for disciplined quality action and making this a new habit to work consistently on your major goals, it’s just a matter of time before you realize your dreams.



Think back to your previous self from 10 years ago and think how much life has changed. What major actions have you changed in your daily life? Do you do the same things you did 10 years ago? Do you think the same? Do you have the same circle of friends? Is your career different? What have you created or done over the past 10 years? Did any of this happen overnight or did 10 years of change really take 3,650 days? You can agree that by looking back at your previous self, the one thing that changed everything was your daily actions. Your daily actions are one of the only things you really have complete control over.


You can control what time you wake up. You can. You can control what you eat, do, listen too, watch, read, socialize with. You can. You control how hard you work on your job or your relationship. You can. You can control most things in your daily life if you ever stopped and think about it. Start today or tomorrow if you will to start changing up your daily routine and doing things outside your comfort zone that will put you on the path of goal achievement instead of drifting away from your goals. To change your life, start first by changing your daily actions so you turn your life into habitual success achieving days.



  • A life which does not go into action is a failure. (Arnold J. Toynbee)
  • A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting. (Carlos Castaneda)
  • Act as if it were impossible to fail. (Dorothea Brande)
  • Action expresses priorities. (Mahatma Gandhi)
  • Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all. (Norman Vincent Peale)
  • Action is the bridge between your vision and results. (Peter Jones)
  • Action is the foundational key to all success. (Pablo Picasso)
  • Action makes more fortune than caution. (Charlotte Whitton)
  • Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. (Benjamin Disraeli)
  • Action orientation is essential to your success. (Brian Tracy)
  • Action produces results. In fact power is defined as “The ability to Act.” (Anthony Robbins)
  • Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not. (Frank Bettger)
  • Action springs out of what we fundamentally desire. (Harry Overstreet)
  • Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends. (Jawaharlal Nehru)
  • Actions speak louder than words. (Dale Carnegie)
  • Activity, what do we do, success is a doing, you got to actually do it. (Jim Rohn)
  • All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire. (Aristotle)
  • All truly successful action comes out of that field of alert attention, rather than from ego and conditioned, unconscious thinking. (Eckhart Tolle)
  • An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. (Friedrich Engels)
  • Apply the 80/20 Rule to everything: Twenty percent of your activities will account for eighty percent of your results. Always concentrate your efforts on that top twenty percent. (Brian Tracy)
  • As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say, I just watch what they do. (Andrew Carnegie)
  • As ye sow, so shall ye reap. (Earl Nightingale)
  • By thought, the thing you want is brought to you; by action, you receive it. (Wallace D. Wattles)
  • Chance favours those in motion. (James H. Austin)
  • Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction. (Will Rogers)
  • Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dreams closer. (Marcia Wieder)
  • Develop the ability to act, take action. Act when the idea is hot and the emotion is strong. (Jim Rohn)
  • Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action, try to use ordinary situations. (Jean Paul)
  • Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are. (Theodore Roosevelt)
  • Do what you got to do so you can do what you want to do. (Denzel Washington)
  • Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. (Thomas Jefferson)
  • Doers do. Critics blame and complain. (Wayne Dyer)
  • Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. Thinking about swimming isn’t much like actually getting in the water. (Barbara Sheer)
  • Don’t be timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Don’t wait until conditions are perfect before starting something. They never will be. Act now. (David Schwartz)
  • Doubt is only removed by action. If you’re not working then that’s where doubt comes in. (Unknown)
  • Every act we perform during the day is goal-achieving, tension-relieving, or unnecessary. (Earl Nightingale)
  • Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. (Doug Firebaugh)
  • Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you, but you have to take action to get it. (Jules Reynard)
  • Find models of personal excellence and emulate their actions. (Anthony Robbins)
  • For any act with practice becomes easy. (Og Mandino)
  • Future intent influences and often determines present actions. (Brian Tracy)
  • Go for it. The future is promised to no one. (Wayne Dyer)
  • Having faith, beliefs, and convictions is a great thing, but your life is measured by the actions you take based upon them. (Nick Vujicic)
  • I have always thought the actions of men as the best interpreters of their thoughts. (John Locke)
  • I miss 100 percent of the shots that I never take. (Wayne Gretzky)
  • If you focus on doing instead of trying, two things will happen. First, you will succeed more often, because doing is more positive than trying. Second, because you will have removed the failure syndrome. (Jack Collis)
  • If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten. (W. L. Bateman)
  • If you keep on sowing, you’ll eventually reap a harvest beyond your wildest dreams. (Dexter Yager)
  • If you would be a reader, read; if a writer, write. (Epictetus)
  • Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. (Dale Carnegie)
  • It is our actions that dictate what we create in reality. (Lewis Howes)
  • It’s been said that there are three kinds of action in life: The right action 2. The wrong action. 3. No action (which will always result in nothing) and in my world there’s fourth kind of action: 4. Massive action! That’s the one I live by! (Grant Cardone)
  • It’s better to regret what you have done than what you haven’t. (H.Jackson Brown)
  • It’s not what happens, it’s what you do. (W. Mitchell)
  • Just begin and the mind grows heated; continue, and the task will be completed. (Goethe)
  • Live by acting, not by thinking about acting. (Carlos Castendada)
  • Never mistake motion for action. (Ernest Hemingway)
  • Nothing is more powerful than a positive thought joined with positive action. Action is the real measure of intelligence. (Bob Proctor)
  • One person who will take action is worth ten brilliant talkers who do nothing. (Brian Tracy)
  • One’s motto should be “deeds, not words.” (Napoleon Hill)
  • Pick the things that’s most important to do, and simply begin doing it. (Earl Nightingale)
  • Small actions, consistently made, have far-reaching consequences. (Anthony Robbins)
  • Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. (Michael Jordan)
  • Strong reasons make strong actions. (William Shakespeare)
  • Take actions to achieve your dreams. Success is not a random roll of the dice. There are consistent, logical patterns of action, specific pathways to excellence that are within the reach of us all. (Anthony Robbins)
  • Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. (Napoleon Bonaparte)
  • That action is best which produces the greatest happiness. (Francis Hutcheson)
  • The ancestor of every action is a thought. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • The majority of people who aren’t getting to places they want or aren’t achieving the things they want, is strictly based on hustle, is strictly based on being outworked, is strictly based on missing crucial opportunities. (Will Smith)
  • The market rewards those who take the most action. (Unknown)
  • The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation, it is only available by labor. (Jim Rohn)
  • The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. (Confucius)
  • The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something. (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
  • The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf. (Shakti Gawain)
  • The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. (Jacob Bronowski)
  • There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. (John F. Kennedy)
  • There is no starting or stopping. Only doing. (Peaceful Warrior)
  • There’s simply no substitute for taking action. (Steve McKnight)
  • Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought. (Sallust)
  • This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in. (Charles Dickens)
  • Thoughts frame your portrait, action paints it. (Unknown)
  • Understand clearly the distinction between reaction and action. (Osho)
  • Unless you choose to take action on what you want, nothing is ever going to come out of it. (Esther & Jerry Hicks)
  • We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action. (Aristotle)
  • We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. (Frank Tibolt)
  • What can I and only I do, that if done well, will make a real difference. (Peter Drucker)
  • What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do. (Aristotle)
  • What you’re doing today is creating your future self. (Tom Hopkins)
  • When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. (Confucius)
  • You could never learn to ride a bicycle by only reading a book. (Robert Kiyosaki)
  • You have to ‘Be’ before you can ‘Do’ and ‘Do’ before you can ‘Have.’ (Zig Ziglar)
  • Your only certainty is that by doing nothing, nothing with happen. (Steve McKnight)


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