You Are How You Act (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 239)
“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.”
— Karl Marx
Sometimes life pushes you over. Other times it knocks you upside the head and sends you stumbling in a million different directions. But at other times, you knock you completely to the ground and dares you to get up. A good life is not one that consists of no problems. It is one that has learned how to persevere through challenges without complaining.
You have to be committed to taking action at every given opportunity. Failure is simply an opportunity for you to prove to yourself that you can succeed. It is a point of decision whereby you choose to stay down or rise again. Stop waiting for some fairy to kiss you on the forehead or for inspiration to give you a nice shove before you realize that action is the stuff life is made of.
Nobody has ever accomplished anything by sitting on their hands waiting for the world to change. Pay attention. Be curious. Stay eager. Whatever you do not do will be insignificant. It is the things that you work and fight hard to do that ultimately matter. Taking action reveals your intentions and makes known your priorities. It induces motivation. Many people wait for motivation to come to them. But that’s not how real motivation works. Motivation comes to those who have already begun to work.
Motivation tends to develop wings and fly away. And when it does, all you are left with is yourself, decisions, and action. Faith is all about doing. It is not enough to just stay you believe in yourself or that you believe in your dreams or that you want this good thing to happen for you. Your belief means nothing at all until you act on it. You are only partly what you believe; you are completely how you act. The greatest thing one can do in life is act in faith, believing that good things will happen and then doing what is necessary to bring it to pass.
“So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.”
— Malcolm X