Traits like courageousness and bravery are either acquired or learned by a select few. If a person lives a life filled with authentic lessons of courage and bravery, then they understand what it means to turn thought into action. Many live comfortable lives commuting to work during the day and running errands around their professional schedule. Though this modern way of life is determined to be the safest for our existence, it does not offer much opportunity for unplanned actions. Everything that we do is deliberately thought about and sometimes analyzed into paralysis. The more a person thinks about a thought on its way to being acted out, the more likely it is that they won’t turn that thought into action.
Your Tolerance to Risk and Pulling Triggers
To practice, and understand the feeling of, turning thought into action, you should first increase tolerance to risk. In an attempt to do that, allow yourself to act out on more of your unfiltered thoughts. The more potent the trigger for our actions, the more risk it typically holds in getting us in trouble however.
For instance, a sighting of a woman in a tight red dress walking by is an effective trigger for a man’s, perhaps regretful, actions. This potent trigger, combined with a weak will and a lack of respect, can entice him to commit actions which get him into trouble. Such triggers for action are seen throughout our days. Each action we commit has a trigger behind it; we eat because we get hungry, we laugh when something is funny, and we cry when we are sad.
In order to know how the mechanism of turning thought into action works, you need to trace out and map every variable in the process. You should analyze what makes you act the way you act and all the triggers which are behind the actions that you take. Learn to recognize these triggers and how notice good it feels to pull them. When we express our honest thoughts with actions in the real world, we feel a sense of accomplishment, a hit of joy if you will. Lowering barriers between thoughts and actions is a pleasant force as part of the human existence.
We can only analyze that which we feel in order to improve. For this reason, it’s first important to feel some detrimental thoughts turning into actions, in order to recognize the pathway these thoughts take on their way to action. Those who have sheltered themselves from their darker conscious thoughts don’t have a good understanding of how their darker, subconscious, thoughts morph themselves into action.
Pulling the Trigger Right
The exercise above will show you an organic path between thoughts and actions. In order to be masterful in withholding from taking unneeded actions, we first need to know how it feels to follow through. Once you study the triggers, pathways, and outcomes of your negative behaviors objectively, manage them to lead into actions which are beneficial to you.
Manage your trigger for action to feel guilt about your performance in life as a whole. Manage your trigger for action to reward times of opportunity, and to muffle the times of disparity. Think about the thoughts that drive your actions, and analyze if they will benefit your situation or be of detriment. This requires time away from doing anything and to just be thinking. Sit down and analyze all the triggers that caused the sequence of actions you committed today. It will help you practice being in tune with the thoughts that shape your reality.
In order to be in control of life and turn only the beneficial thoughts into actions, you need to have an understanding of the whole range of thoughts that come through. Nobody can force themselves away from thinking negative/detrimental thoughts, but everyone can put a stop to the action which is triggered by those thoughts. People who are good at taking action understand all the triggers that encourage them to act in negative ways. There are triggers to eat unhealthy, not go to the gym, to treat others with disrespect, and more. People who are good at avoiding these triggers think about them a lot. They fear these triggers for action enough to stop themselves from acting on them.
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