No Substitute For Action

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No Substitute For Action

A friend of mine said that you cannot learn to drive by watching traffic. The only way to learn something new is to move from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat. Facing your fears is like that. The only way to develop courage to face your fears is to take action despite your fears. There is no substitute for action.

Hesitation postpones the satisfaction of knowing that you gave it your best shot.

When you hesitate to take action toward your goal, you’re in an emotionally unsatisfying place. The negativity of your self-doubt holds you back. Meanwhile, your dream won’t go away, because you know that in your heart, it is what you desire for your future. You flip flop between self-limiting beliefs and feeling restless because you haven’t taken action.

When learning and growing are your priorities, you’ll be prompted to act.

Learning and growing are natural consequences of stepping beyond your comfort zone. When your attitude is open to learning, you’ll be more likely to take action despite your fears. With each step outside of your comfort zone, your courage and skills have the opportunity to grow.

Courage is cultivated as a result of, not in advance of, facing your fears.

Your fear won’t go away before taking action. A leap of faith is required to get past your fear of getting started. However, you can help make the landing of that leap a little more comfortable by breaking down your action into small steps. Gradually building up your learning and skills as you embark on something new will cultivate your courage as you face your fears.

If you have a dream, just thinking about it only gets you so far. To make it a reality, you need to take action. Will you?

No Substitute For Action

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