Some common sayings that refer to an Action Mindset are:
“Are you gonna talk or fish?”
“Time to get on with getting on.”
“Time to fish or cut bait.”
“Are you gonna do something or stand there and bleed?”
“You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your head.”
Walt Disney said: “The way you get started is to quit talking, and start doing.”
- Clement Stone said: “Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.”
So it is said, we, as humans, have the capacity to use our thinking mindset and our action mindset. Through a recent study, (I cannot find the study right now) it has been determined we can only do one mindset at a time.
How many times have we been caught in an analysis paralysis, over thinking an action until the opportunity has past us by is an example of a Thinking Mindset. Take Action Peeps!
John Boyd is famous for developing the O.O.D.A. loop, Observe-Orient-Decide-Act, which is an example of an Action Mindset. Too many times, in my observation, people have a mental model of how things should be, but They fail to Orient and move on. Applying the 2nd law of thermodynamics tells us a closed system will get more entropic over time. That means getting stuck in an observation loop will result in chaos, always.
I have experienced this first hand. I have worked in a hostile work environment for some time, where pressure and stress continually builds up. At the end of the work day, I would go home with headaches, upset stomach etc. Even though this was difficult to endure, I failed to move on for fear of the unknown. I was stuck in observation mode. By finally breaking free of observation mode, steps could be made to move on to better pastures. Adopting an action mindset, I finally oriented and decided and acted.
Another way of looking at this is to change the terms to “Abundance Consciousness” and “Scarcity Consciousness.” By creating an abundance consciousness, you can avoid the scarcity consciousness, also known as the freezing paralyzing mindset.
Here is a chart showing examples of how your thoughts can put you into one consciousness or another. Never underestimate the power of thought: Your thoughts create your reality.
|Abundance Consciousness||Scarcity Consciousness|
|*Attitude of gratitude||*Worrying mindset|
|*Receive graciously||*Critical behavior|
|*Give willingly||*Hoarding behavior|
|*Want others to succeed||*Secretly hope others will fail|
|*Set goals||*Never set goals|
|*Take inspired action||*Blame others for failures|
|*Develop life plans||*Blame circumstance for things|
|*Exude happiness and joy||*Exude anger|
|*Embrace change||*Fear change|
|*Continuously learn and grow||*Have a sense of entitlement|
|*Forgive past mistakes & others||*Holding grudges|
|*Allow positive energy to flow||*Feeling you don’t have enough|
|*Think positive thoughts||*Know it all behavior|
|*Express positive ideas||*Feel that things can’t change|
“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”
― Thomas A. Edison