Some people don’t know what they want to do, so they do nothing. Some people know what they want to do, but still do nothing. And some people spend a ton of time going to seminars, reading, and learning about what they want to do, but they never actually take any action on what they learn. While it seems like all these people should be having different satisfaction or success in their lives, they really don’t. If you take no action on your life, it doesn’t matter how much you learn or know, your actual life is not going to benefit in any way.
No matter where you are in life, taking action is crucial. It doesn’t matter if you know where you want to go and what goals you want to reach or if you feel like you are just floating around trying to find something to hang onto. Taking action is going to help you get to where you want to go and benefit your life in so many ways that you will kick yourself for not doing it sooner.
Everyone has the ability to take action. It doesn’t take money. It doesn’t take experience. It doesn’t take anything except for the desire and willingness to go ahead and do something. If you’ve been having a hard time getting busy in life, I hope the following benefits of taking action will spark that desire and willingness in you and get you on the track to a much more action-packed life.
1. Taking Action Stops The Pain
Not taking action results in mental and physical pain. The regret of not doing what you want, the lack of growth and confidence in yourself and the negative self-talk all results in a lot of mental pain.
Psychological pain is a type of suffering that most people would agree is worse than physical pain. It’s that pain that makes your chest heavy, your heart hurt, and your happiness drain out of you. And, it can lead to physical pain. Headaches and backaches often go hand in hand with emotional pain.
Living in a state of suffering is no way to live your life. Emotional pain and suffering are known to be huge motivators for poor decisions that affect the quality of life negatively and even suicide. In other words, living in that state can have a very negative effect on you, and taking action is the way out.
Feeling better may be as simple as taking action on things you want. However, it may be more complicated, like taking action on seeing a doctor or a therapist and getting on medication that helps reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. The point is that the pain you are feeling, no matter what it is, cannot be relieved without taking some type of action, and it’s important to figure out what that is.
2. You Get Results When You Start Taking Action!
This is one of the main reasons that taking action is so crucial to your life. The action you take is going to determine the results you get. If you want anything to happen in your life, then you need to do something concrete, which means you need to take action.
This is the part where so many people fall short. They don’t understand why they are not getting the results they want because they feel like they are in motion and doing something with their life, but they actually aren’t. Motion and action are not the same thing.
Examples of being in motion include creating goals, writing down to-do lists, learning about what diet would be best, reading an article on how to be happier, or reading an article on the importance of taking action! All of those things may trick you into thinking that you are doing something, but you’re not.
Taking action would look more like this: doing things that help you reach your goals, doing things on your to-do list, eating a diet according to what you learned, and applying the principles you learned about being happier or taking action in your life.
The bottom line is that if you want results, you should spend less time reading or learning and more time doing. Doing is what will get you the results you are looking for.
3. Taking Action Stops Your Complaining
I never hear anyone who is taking action complaining. They simply don’t have the time to complain because they are too busy doing what they need to do.
The thing to remember is that you take action on things in life that you want, and when you are not taking action, you are complaining about not having the things you want.
Therefore, if you are complaining, it is the best indicator that you are not taking action! For example, if you are complaining that you do not have a clean house, then you are not doing things that help you have a clean house!
If you are sick of complaining about stuff, then start taking action on what you are complaining about. You will instantly shift your mindset from being upset or anxious over something to feeling good about that very thing. It doesn’t matter what you are complaining about, action will help you stop whining and feel better.
4. Taking Action Helps You Overcome Fear
Fear can take a hold of you and push you into a corner where you don’t want to ever leave, which is commonly called your comfort zone. You become scared of life when you let fear take over, and it can be detrimental to your happiness, health, and success in life.
Taking action helps you overcome your fears. Every time you do something new, you expand your comfort zone just a bit. And, as you expand your comfort zone, you are more willing to come out of that corner and do things that benefit your life, which helps you overcome even more fears. Constantly taking action creates a positive cycle that helps you create the life of your dreams.
5. Taking Action Helps You Develop New Skills
Do you want to do something really well or become an expert in something? Then you have to take action! Taking action helps you develop and improve your current skills and even develop new skills that help you master certain parts of your life and have an easier time in it.
For example, the more you take action on cleaning the house, the more skilled you become at cleaning it. What used to take three hours can take less than an hour with enough practice. However, if you take three hours to clean your house and hardly ever take action on doing it, then you are never going to master the art of doing it quicker or better.
I’m assuming you want to master many more things than just cleaning your house quickly. It doesn’t matter what it is, you have to take action and practice in order to do it. So, next time you wish you could be a better friend, business owner, dancer, cook, or anything else, take action so that you CAN be better!
6. Taking Action Improves Your Confidence
It doesn’t matter who you are, there are things you want in life that require you to take action. If you don’t take action, then you will beat yourself up about it. You will talk to yourself negatively and ask things like, “Why can’t I ever do what I need to do?” and then you will start to put yourself down with answers like, “Because I’m too lazy” or “Because I’m too weak” or whatever it is you tell yourself when you realize how little action you are taking in life.
Taking action fixes all that negative self-talk. And the good news is that it happens immediately. If you are complaining about not trying hard enough in some area of your life, all you have to do is take action on it and you will instantly feel as if you are more capable of achieving what you want in life. It’s like magic. It stops your negative self-talk in its tracks and you feel better about yourself because you are doing something worthy and proving to yourself that you can.
7. People Respect You More When You Are An Action Taker
People respect others for their qualities, achievements, and abilities in life, and when you are not taking action in life, you are lacking all of those things in a big way. The fact is that when you are not doing stuff to better yourself or your life, you don’t have a lot of respect for yourself, so how can you expect other people to have respect for you?
If you want your family, friends, co-workers, strangers, and even yourself to have respect for you, then you need to start taking action. It doesn’t matter how they or you viewed yourself before, taking action will help shift their and your opinion in a big way.
8. You Serve Others Through Action
Taking action results in affecting not just your life, but other people’s lives too. When you get into the habit of taking action, you do things that help other people in one way or the other. For instance, if you take action on your work, you are likely serving people in some way by providing a service or creating a product that benefits them.
Moreover, the more you do for yourself, the more you will naturally do for others. You will have moved out of a protective selfish ego state where you don’t want to get hurt, experience setbacks, or fail at something, and that will encourage you to interact more with the world where you naturally serve others daily.
9. Taking Action Boosts Satisfaction In Life
Life feels good when you are taking action. You go to bed feeling proud of your day and you wake up excited to tackle all the things you are going to tackle. Alternatively, when you are not doing anything for your life, it can feel like one miserable day after another where you don’t get anything accomplished, feel bad about your life, and dread the next day where you will feel bad again.
I know firsthand how bad being unsatisfied in life feels and how dramatically different feeling accomplished is, and just understanding the difference in feeling is enough to encourage me to always take action on what I want. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I encourage you to commit to taking action for at least five days in a row so that you can understand how dramatically different those feelings are and how rewarding feeling satisfied can be.
10. You Minimize Regrets In Life Through Action
There is always something you can do for yourself, others, and this world, and when you don’t, you will regret it. You may regret it immediately or you may regret it years down the line and realize that you had a chance to do something amazing and didn’t even try to take it. But, that regret can be detrimental to your quality of life.
As a whole, we can share regrets. Climate change is definitely an area of life where most of us regret not doing anything about, and if we don’t start now, we will regret it even more in the near future according to scientists.
How can you tell when you really need to take action in life? If you have even a tiny thought that you could regret it if you don’t do something, then take action on it. That is something that needs your attention, according to your inner self, or you wouldn’t be having the thought of potential regret.
11. You Improve Your Wealth When You Are Willing To Take Action On Life
If nothing else gets you to start taking action, I’m hoping that this will help. Wealth in all areas of your life is a result of taking action on things that help you create that wealth.
Abundance is the word I like to use, and if you want an abundant amount of money, love, happiness, satisfaction, peace, or anything else, then action is the key. Your current abundance is determined by your past action and your future abundance is guaranteed by taking action today.
Not only does taking action get you results that help you increase your wealth, but it also helps you grow and learn more, which increases your wealth even more. Moreover, the more you take action, the more you start to follow your gut instinct and do more of what it tells you to do, which means that your awareness is more open to the clues that help you figure out what you need to do next for even more wealth.