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Action Required

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.

William Arthur Ward

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I have been struggling a little lately as I have had to adjust to a less active life style. Some has been due to aging and some due to my unwillingness to commit to activities that I may not be able to do.

As an example I have not really done much for my Kiwanis Club lately and have even been tempted to give up my membership after nearly four decades since I don’t feel I am doing enough. I stay though because first I would miss my friends there and secondly it would leave a big hole in my weekly activities if I left.

What I need to do is take some action to do things that I can do and not procrastinate. Wouldn’t you know it yesterday someone sent me the following, I think I know why they did.

The Five Biggest Obstacles to Taking Action

By David Riklan

One of my favorite quotes comes from Will Rogers, who used to say, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there”.

BUT, there’s a big challenge with “Taking Action,” and probably with all of the steps to success. Everybody knows you have to take action to get things done. That’s no secret. So we all know it, but most of us don’t do it.

We all know that we have to exercise regularly to stay in shape, but most of us don’t do it. I want to share with you an unbelievable number. Federal statistics say about 60 percent of American adults are not regularly active, and about 25 percent are totally inactive. They don’t do anything at all. Think about it. We all know that if we read more, we’ll learn more, but we don’t do it. We know that we need to take action, but we’re not doing it. Why not? There are a few reasons. Think about which ones are stopping you.


  1. The first is fear: fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of success.
  2. Another reason is plain laziness. Sometimes, it’s easier to sit and turn on the TV.
  3. One more reason is complacency. If you think that life is good enough and adequate, why change and risk it getting worse?
  4. Another reason is bad habits. If we are in the habit of doing nothing, we’ll keep doing nothing.
  5. A final reason is despair. Many people are of the mindset that they’ve already tried to take action before and it didn’t work. Why should I do it now?

So, we all know that we need to take action. What’s stopping you? Fear, laziness, complacency, bad habits or despair? Now, I am going to ask you to take a minute to write down what’s stopping you from taking action. You can write it down on a piece of paper or comment at the bottom of this article.

Take a moment to write them down and read them.


Fear seems like a very legitimate reason to stop action. Many people have all sorts of fears, and many times these fears stop us in out tracks. Almost all of us have fears, and some are rational fears, such as going into a high crime rate neighborhood late at night by yourself. That’s a fairly rational fear. You should be afraid to do that. And some aren’t quite as rational. We know which ones these are.

There is a simple process that you can follow that often helps dealing with fear. When fear is stopping your action, take a cognitive approach.


QUESTION # 1: What is the worst possible outcome of your action, in this situation? What do you really fear? Maybe you’ll lose your job, or lose the woman or man of your dreams. Maybe the presentation won’t go well, or maybe you’re afraid that you will just look bad. Take a hard look at your fear. Is it justified? It is rational? Can you live with the outcome?

QUESTION # 2: Ask yourself what you can achieve by taking this action. What are the benefits? What is the best possible outcome?

QUESTION # 3: Now, the final step. Ask yourself the following question: Does the benefit outweigh the risk? If the answer is an overwhelming no, then don’t do it. If the answer is yes, take the action. Move ahead.

Now, give yourself a few minutes to think about this process as it applies to your own fears. What do you fear? What’s the worst thing that can happen? What’s the best thing? Does the benefit outweigh the risk? Think about for a minute. Now write down the answers to these questions and read them.


As a follow-up, I am asking everybody to think about one specific action that you are going to take after reading this to improve your life, and then take it. If you do nothing else, at least do this.


You don’t drown by falling in water. You drown by staying there.


Fathers Of 1900 vs Fathers Today

In 1900, fathers prayed their children would learn English. Today, fathers pray their children will speak English.

In 1900, if a father put a roof over his family’s head, he was a success. Today, it takes a roof, deck, pool, and 4-car garage. And that’s just the vacation home.

In 1900, fathers could count on children to join the family business. Today, fathers pray their kids will soon come home from college long enough to teach them how to work the computer.

In 1900, fathers shook their children awake and said, “Wake up, it’s time to do the milking and chores before school.” Today, kids shake their fathers awake at 4 a.m. shouting, “Wake up, it’s time for hockey practice.”

In 1900, a father came home from work to find his wife and children at the supper table. Today, a father comes home to a note. “Jimmy’s at baseball, Cindy’s at gymnastics, I’m at gym, Pizza in fridge.”

In 1900, a father gave a pencil box for Christmas, and the kid was all smiles. Today, a father spends $800 at Toys ‘R’ Us, and the kid screams, “I wanted PlayStation!”


Someday we’re going to look back at all of this and tape over it.


A distinguished clergyman and a friend were playing golf.  It was a very close match, and at the last hole the clergyman teed up, addressed the ball, and swung his driver with great force.  The ball, instead of sailing down the fairway, merely rolled off the tee and settled slowly some twelve feet away. The clergyman frowned, glared, and bit his lip, but said nothing. His opponent regarded him for a moment, and then remarked:  “Father, that is the most profane silence I have ever witnessed.”


“Half of the world’s misery comes from ignorance. The other half comes from intelligence.”



The unhappy bill collector made a personal trip to speak to a man concerning a series of long overdue bills and offer some advice to the guy on managing money. “Why do you let that wife of yours spend so much more money than the two of you make without objecting?” the collector asked.

“Because,” the husband replied. “I’d rather argue with you than with her.”


One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.

Henry Miller


After the revival had concluded, the three pastors were discussing the results with one another.

The Methodist minister said, “The revival worked out great for us!  We gained four new families.”

The Baptist preacher said, “We did better than that!  We gained six new families.”

The Presbyterian pastor said, “Well, we did even better than that!  We got rid of our ten biggest trouble makers!”


”Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.”


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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