The Zen of Taking Action

March 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Life Mastery


You’ve probably had the experience at one time or another of feeling stuck in your life. Of just sitting in one place — unclear of how to make a decision.

How can you move forward in life when you cannot decide about the next step you need to take? Admittedly, such a lack of clarity can cause some pretty extreme stress!

It’s difficult to move forward if you don’t have clarity, since clarity of purpose often controls your ability to make a decision. Knowing what you want generates the energy to pursue it. While not knowing drains your energy.

So what can you do if you lack clarity? What are your options?

If you’re afraid of making the wrong choice, you can wait and hope for clarity. Or you can try to think your options through in your own mind.

But the truth is, you’ll never really figure life out.”In terms of life-questions”– life has a way of just resolving itself, with or without our conscious intervention or so-called decision-making! And even when we think we’ve got everything all figured out– life will seldom deliver a perfect replica of our mental picture.

One good way to conquer uncomfortable indecision is to simply make a choice from among your unknowns.

Whether or not you feel certain your choice is the “right” choice — just take a small step in what seems to be the best direction, in spite of your doubt or confusion.

There is great power in action. Movement in any direction will break you free from the cement”of indecision — and provide new information and experiences. So just make a decision and move on it.

Action sends ripples of energy and change out into the world. And since life is so totally unpredictable, who knows how your situation will change once you get some action energy”behind your decision.

You may even want to think of your life as a novel you’re reading. You’re only part of the way into the book — and you really don’t know what’s going to happen next. How could you know? The book is still being written.

The challenge you face is this: Dare you move forward in the face of uncertainty? Can you handle”taking action without knowing whether it’s the rightaction? Here’s what I’ve learned in my own roller coaster version of life: If you find you’ve stepped onto the wrong path, you can always adjust your direction.

And any so-called mistakes simply add to your personal wisdom about what doesn’t work — thus taking you closer to discovering what does work.. There is great power in action.


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