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When Is the Best Time to Take Action?

How many times have you had a great idea or felt called to do or say something but hesitated, only to find the opportunity had passed? Many people make indecisiveness into a lifestyle and spend their time wishing for another chance to take action on opportunities they missed.

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When Is the Best Time to Take Action?

There are so many reasons for the hesitation and lack of immediate action, including fear of ridicule, doubting one’s own abilities, and overanalyzing the simplest decisions. Allowing any of these things to become a part of your everyday life will have a negative effect on you. So, learning how to find pertinent information – so you can make informed decisions and take up the practice of moving quickly to action when a great opportunity is in front of you – can change your life.

“Life is a checkerboard and the player opposite you is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision.”  – Napoleon Hill

Take Action to Change Your Life

Making a decision and taking action always comes with the chance of failure, but continuing as you are, without acting on ideas or making decisions, means the likelihood of positive change coming to your life is slim or nonexistent. Change is scary and things don’t always go as you plan or hope, but if your current state isn’t satisfying to you, isn’t remaining as you are also a form a failure?

“Most ideas are stillborn, and need the breath of life injected into them through definite plans of immediate action. The time to nurse an idea is at the time of its birth. Every minute it lives, gives it a better chance of surviving. The fear of criticism is at the bottom of the destruction of most ideas which never reach the planning and action stage.”  – N. Hill

Set New Goals if Things Don’t Go Right the First Time

Sometimes the timing is wrong for even the most brilliant of ideas. That doesn’t mean you have to give up, or that the idea should be discarded, or that future ideas you have will meet the same end, but it does mean you might have to search for new information and adjust your plans and set new goals that include data that was missing from your original goals.

“The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard, and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune.  – N. Hill

It is in your hands, and of course in your mind, to choose if you are satisfied with your current state and if you want to go along as you are, or if you want to rewrite your life story to include positivity and success. Learning how to make good decisions and act on them promptly  is a way to turn an unhappy and dissatisfying life into a happier and more satisfying life.

Is Everything Against You?

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

-Henry Ford

Choosing Happiness Even When Life Is Hard
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When it feels as if everything is against you, and life is just too stinking hard, you have the option, and the right, to choose happiness.

I know that sounds really “Pollyanna” – because if really awful things are dive-bombing into your lap, choosing happiness might not feel like an option – but how you choose to react (at least to normal day-to-day life challenge situations) is a choice.

Simple Ways to Choose Happiness

Get started by shifting your focus outward, because wallowing in self-pity (beyond the initial moments of shock)  holds you back from experiencing anything positive.

Who can you help?

Instead of focusing on everything that is against you, focus on what you can do to help someone else, because there is always someone worse off, or just someone who will feel blessed by some small kindness that you can hand to them.

Savor gratitude!

Right after doing something nice for someone else, reflect on how blessed you were to be in a position to help someone else. (Just don’t think about it in a gloating, superior way –  because that’s a different kind of negative, and we’re trying to get you feeling positive in a deep, and genuine way.)

Fake it if you’re not feeling it!

Paste a fake smile on your face. Hum  a happy tune even if you would rather go kick something. If you act happy long enough, you’re going to start to feel it.

Keep It Simple

Make living your life in the simplest way possible a priority. Get some exercise, eat sensibly, use your brain, take action, surround yourself with ethical and loving people, tap into your spirituality, and put something good out there in the world every day.

When it feels like everything is against you, you can choose to let it defeat you and hold you down, or you can use it as a tool to launch yourself to new heights, like an airplane taking off into the wind.