The Little Rules of Action

Take a look at this entry from Zen Habits. Leo lists out things that you need to do in order to take action easier.

The first item on the list is to not overthink things. We can get stuck thinking too much and never get to an action.

Number 4 on the list says to not mistake motion for action. Just moving around a lot does not mean that you are taking action. You can be just as stuck mindlessly going through the motions as you are stuck in thinking too much.

The trick is to be deliberate (as number 6 on the list points out). You have to have control over what you are doing. In order to have that control, you have to have control of how you think. How you think consists of when you choose to think and what you choose to think about.

Mindfulness gives you the ability to control when to think and when not to. Mindfulness gives you the ability to control what you think about.

Mindfulness gives you the ability to act.

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