BE your words: A lesson on action

Sometimes in life you just have to shut up and do.

And by sometime, I mean most of the time.

You have a dream.

The problem is, we often spend WAY too much time talking about what we want instead of pursuing it.

In my last post, I mentioned the importance of seizing the day. I talked about the importance of following your heart and going after IT, whatever IT might be. I didn’t say, however, that it was going to be easy. I didn’t say that you were well on your way, and that you will achieve great things in the future.

I didn’t give you a pat on the back and reassure you that all your plans are going to pan out. I don’t say those things, and never will.

HERE is the deal. The more you say something, the more your mind thinks it’s already done.

I know people that can talk up a good talk about their plans, to the point that even I am subconsciously convinced that their deed is done. I look at them and I say: “Wow man, that’s awesome. Ain’t that something.” Then I go home and realize Wait a minute, has he actually DONE any of those things?  If words can satiate bystanders, they almost certainly will have a greater affect on one’s own mind.

Don’t talk all the time. Blah blah blah blah blah… Are you done?

Don’t get me wrong. Talking is good. It is what makes us human. It is in our DNA. Whenever we socialize, we feel good, as if we have been rewarded in some way. But too much of anything is problematic.

If you haven’t noticed yet, words dominate our present world. On TV, we have graphics displaying information about every. Single. Thing imaginable, from what the next Gossip Girl is going to be about, to some story of some celebrity I give no two hoots about.

It get’s even crazier on the web. Social media gives us an added tool to express and expose ourselves. It is my humble opinion that many people take this WAY too far.

For example:

Seen this Tweet/ Facebook post before?

“I’m about to go____ with ____ and ____. Also going to go ____ at ____ later. #this #that #this&that #livingthelife.”

OR

“I know now! life is so much more than this. I’m going to love myself from now on.”

Look at me. My life is awesome. I’m so deep. I’m so mature. I love myself.

Bullshit. If you really did love yourself, you wouldn’t need hordes of likes on Facebook/Twitter to feel good about it.

If you really decided on doing something, just do it.

Posting motivational messages to yourself on social media is empty-talk: Talking about something that hasn’t happened yet.

Even worse, you are asking others for validation of YOUR OWN choices. You’re waiting for permission from others so that you can feel better about a decision, instead of just making the damn decision.

Let me give you another example of social media craziness.

“A new year and a new start! Going to hit the gym. So pumped WOO! #transformation #gettingitdone”

I look at that and think Getting what done? What have you done? You might as well add #YOLO to the post.

Let me ask you something. Which is more fun? Doing something or talking about something? Some people will say talking.

Well I say walking.

I say that it is what you do with the ordinary on a daily that makes you extraordinary.

I would say more, but I think you get my point, and I need to get back to living my life.

Until next time.

Your friend,

-Tie

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