What do I mean by that? It’s very simple. Did you do that thing you planned to do?
The question is a matter of taking a plan — the thought; figuring out how to do it — the feeling; then doing it — the action.
A lot of people are good at coming up with ideas and giving them some thought. But then, do you take action and make them happen? For many, probably not as frequently as you’d like.
Some of these are small, and may or may not have larger repercussions — such as — did you vote? Did you remember to take your pills? Some are larger, and almost certainly come with repercussions — such as — do you want to buy that house? Are you quitting your “stable” job?
Consciousness creates reality. However, to do this, you need to practice mindfulness. Take a thought/idea, give it feeling, and then act on it. Specifically, take intentional actions to drive home the thought and empower it with feeling to be made manifest.
When you act with intent and focus, you put out to the Universe that you desire to create something. It is through intentional action that you can consciously create reality and build your life how you desire it to be.
Seems too easy, right? Then why doesn’t everyone do it? Why do we not all build the lives we most desire?
Because we live in a fear-based society. Change and things that are different become things to fear. Our culture is one where the exceptional and the independent are frequently looked upon askance. Thus, anyone doing something out-of-the-ordinary from societal expectations is suspect.
Take action for change
Yoda stated it best,
“Do or do not, there is no try.”
You are told by your parents, teachers, and other leaders that you can “try” over and over again. But try is weak.
To try is to imply that you expect failure. And fail, you might. Failing, however, is ok, too. Again, Yoda tells us,
“The greatest teacher, failure is.”
Isn’t this a paradox? No. The reason is intention. To try is weak and implies that you will give it a chance — with little to no expectation of it working.
To do, on the other hand, is to be decisive. You are acting on the impulse, going all in. You aren’t raising the stakes by tossing in a poker chip or two, you are all in.
Doing is a pure act of empowerment. You are telling the Universe that you will do the thing you desire to do or have the thing you desire to have, and so on.
Trying can be half-assed, low-expectation, middle of the road, and not mindful. It might work…it might not.
It is vitally important to not just be existing on this planet and going about day-to-day half-heartedly. Finding and creating joy, and truly living these amazing lives in this incredible world we have available to us can be much more.
Perhaps it helps to change the phrasing some. “Intend or intend not, defy inertia” or “act or act not, there is no apathy.” Like “want” can have passive and negative connotations — as opposed to “desire” — try is passive. However, “act” and “do” are active.
To truly create change there needs to be action. Take action with intent to DO rather than TRY, and see what you might be able to achieve.
Do for yourself — do for the world
In addition to living in a fear-based society, there is a pretty major problem with selfishness and entitlement. The global pandemic, protests, and other present affairs have really highlighted this.
There is a distressing lack of kindness, empathy, and compassion among our current government leaders. Under this administration, a normalization of hate that I certainly thought was dying is instead being reinvigorated.
In this environment, you might feel a need to act for the greater good. As such, you are probably particularly on guard against selfishness.
However, we have become so hyper-vigilant on this topic that we all-too-readily sacrifice for the perceived greater good.
Trouble is, sacrifice feeds into lack and scarcity and the fear-base of society.
Voting is one action to change the government. Protesting and marching are acts to draw attention to the injustices and the need for necessary changes. This matters — but it is equally important to take action for ourselves.
If you are not fulfilled, or discontent, you are going to lack the fuel you need to help others. That may cause you to half-heartedly try because you lack sufficient energy to DO.
When you “do” and take action, you create movement. An object at rest tends to stay at rest — an object in motion tends to stay in motion. That is Newton’s first law of physics.
Science tells us that movement is necessary. Hence, when we act we set things in motion to make change.
The now matters more than the then
Finally — if you did not take action in the past, it’s best not to dwell on it. Everybody makes mistakes, misses opportunities, and decides not to decide from time to time.
Move on. Learn from it.
But next time you are faced with a choice, make a decisive decision. Take action to manifest a better life.
Changing society begins with changing yourself. Even if you did not answer the door when an opportunity has knocked in the past, you can still do so now and in the future. You are more empowered than you realize to act to make the world better.
For example, COVID-19 isn’t going away for a while. You can, however, act on this now by wearing a mask in crowds outdoors and any public places indoors, practice social distancing, and restrict being out-and-about when you can.
Be supportive of those who seek equality for LGBTQA+ individuals, support movements like Black Lives Matter, and seek counters to messages of hate, lack, scarcity, and hatred.
The now is more important than the “then” when it comes to doing. The past is passed and cannot be changed — while the future is uncertain. You have the power to act, here-and-now, to do good for yourself and the world.
When an opportunity presents itself — will you take action?
Know that you are worthy and deserving of using mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done our thoughts, feelings, and actions matter — be mindful of that the next time you have a chance to act.