How to Take Risky Actions Properly

Two things that are not taught in schools is how to be courageous and brave. Traits like those are either acquired or learned by a select few. If the person lives a life filled with authentic lessons of courage and bravery, then they understand what it means to turn thought into action. Most people 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 often 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 do it.

Your Tolerance to Risk and Pulling Triggers

To practice, and understand the feeling of, turning thought into action, you need to first increase your risk tolerance. This means that you need to allow yourself to act out on more of your thoughts. The easier the trigger for our actions, the more risk they have in getting us in trouble. A sighting of a woman in a tight red dress walking by is an effective trigger for a man’s, perhaps regretful, actions. This easy trigger can make him commit actions which get him in trouble. Such triggers of 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 good it feels to pull them. When we express our thoughts with actions in the real world, we feel a sense of accomplishment, a hit of joy. It is a driving force of human existence from a creative and survival standpoint.

Pulling the Trigger Right

Manage your trigger to go off for actions which are beneficial to you, and to hold off on actions which are not. 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. This 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.

Book Recommendation: 

The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology

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