Develop a Bias for Action

By: Dinesh Bhandari

When in doubt, act. Your actions come with risk attached as to what the outcome might be, but there is a far greater cost to inaction.

You find direction in motion, not rest. You pivot a little with every step you take; you stumble on each but pick up pace as you get some hint of the direction.

Your days add up to make your life; any change you want to make in your life needs to be made to this single day because how are you supposed to know how to make your ‘life’ better if you don’t know what it means or where it leads? Instead, you can make your day a little more merry and content, and eventually you’ll end up with a joyous life.

We put much emphasis on the choices we make and the decisions we take, but not enough on how we carry them out. You could pick the worst choice and make the best of it, or you could end up lucky with the best choice and not go any further. On a large enough scale, your actions make luck look insignificant and circumstances harmless. There is always a road not taken. What you need to focus on is whether you’ve chosen the right one, and if you haven’t, how much work are you willing to put into making your decision work out for you?

I like to think of it as putting pearls on a string; in the broader view, the imperfections of the pearls do not matter; what matters is that you put a pearl on the string every single day. When you get your act together, you are better equipped to deal with the spontaneity of the world, and in this wild world, you will need all the help you can get.

So just get up, put the imperfectly perfect pearl on the string, and give it time.

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