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Action to Thought 

By Rob McBride

"If you can dream it, you can do it
~Walt Disney

In the magic of our mind we can create spectacular scenarios. The key to making these dreams come true is to convert thought into action. Normally, we know what we want and even know what we need to do to achieve it. The difference between accomplishing what we most desire and simply a nice thought is to apply Action to Thought.

This doesn't have to be so difficult. Thinking of all we need to do in order to reach a specific objective can be overwhelming though it doesn't have to be so complicated. To bring Action to Thought, it is essential to determine the steps necessary to begin our journey. A pen and a paper can set the wheels in motion. To achieve what the magic in our mind imagines, we must be disciplined, clear and persistent.

We have to put the "pedal to the metal" to jumpstart our internal engine. It's much easier to remain in the fantasy of what might be rather than doing what needs to be done to make it a reality. Playing the mental game of, "What will be of me?" will lead only to the result of, "It is not for me to be!" We can make excuses or we can be disciplined to bring Action to Thought, both cannot be done at the same time.

The clearer our objectives, the easier it is to achieve them. How would a soccer game be with no goal or a basketball game with no basket? Without a clearly defined goal, it is difficult to complete what our mind creates. Someone may ask us, "How much farther do I have to go?" To which we may reply, "Where are you going?" If they answer, "I don't know," we can in turn respond, "Then you have already arrived!" To quote one of the legends in profound thought, Yogi Berra says.

"If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up someplace else."

In order not to "wind up someplace else," it's fundamental to be clear in what we want.

When we are on well on our way to what we desire, we must be very persistent so as not to get sidetracked on the way. Napoleon Hill, a pioneer in personal development, expressed it this way.

"Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure."

If everything were so easy, we would all have what we want right nowTo get to "great," we must act "greatly." We all have a tendency to take the path of least resistance because it is much easier to go that way. For this reason, to become a shining star in the dark of the night instead of just one more in the mass of humanity it's necessary to be persistent in putting Action to Thought.

The difference between dreaming and achieving is the action we take to corral our imagination and take specific steps to make it happen. Our minds are marvelous machines which can create incredible images about what we want and how we want to live. Those who achieve greatness are those who first create their burning desire in their mind and then put Action to Thought.

Rob McBride is an International Public Speaker who motivates, inspires and trains people. His keynotes, seminars and workshops enhance effectiveness and increase corporate productivity with concrete, dynamic tools which enable people to take control of their professional direction and destiny.
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