James Allen wrote in his timeless classic, As A Man Thinketh! that;
Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes,
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass.
I accept this statement as true. I also believe that there is more to achieving success than using the mind to think. Thinking is an important part of the processes of becoming that person we desire to become or having the success we desire.
At some time after first thinking acting is required. Without action all of our thinking remains a dream, a fantasy which partially satisfies a need but which never become real. Without action our thoughts and dreams become empty and meaningless.
Action can begin with the thought dream but only if it has the energy of belief that action is possible and that action is required in order to bring the dream to fruition.
How can thinking promote action? I wish, If only I had a car, money, friends, knowledge, someone to help me, etc. is not enough. A different thought process works better. I accept that action is required and I choose to act. Rather than waiting for my partner to make the bed or saying, please make the bed I can choose an action step of making the bed myself. I can choose the thoughts which occur in my thoughts and the emotions which I feel as a result of this action.
I could feel resentment and anger that my partner was not doing what I wanted and making the bed. Such thinking leads me to a place of resentment and no action. I find that when I am able to make the bed myself, feeling gratitude that the bed is now made the way I want it to be made I am happy. I feel joy.
The joy of productive conscious action is a habit which grows to encompass my entire being. I want the bed to be nice for myself. Then I discover the joy of making the bed and realize I am making the bed nice for my beloved and for my son. My joy expands to include them in my world of joy and service.
The above example is a true event from my life. Now my wife and my son also take joy in making the bed and they smile as we do this each time we wake in the morning. I smile with them and our circle of joy and empowerment expands and grows.
Authentic service to self and others is the action step I take today. I speak my truth as I understand it today. Thought with action works for me and I believe for most people willing to take action