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There is something important lingering in the back of your head and nagging at you that you’re not acting on.  It could be anything:

  • You’re in love with someone but she doesn’t know
  • You realize that our politicians really are the crooks and liars we feared they were
  • You hate your job
  • You want to travel but haven’t set foot on a plane in years
  • …or one of many other causes to champion, actions to take, or changes to make.

And here is the problem: sitting around and thinking about it does nothing for you. It may give you a sense of superiority because your eyes are open while everyone else’s are closed, or because you’re struggling while everyone else appears to be living with ease, but that’s a hollow, lonely feeling and it won’t create anything valuable for you or anyone else.

That thing that’s resting in the back of your head and quietly calling your name – you’ve got to do something about it.

Here is the good news: you don’t have to start big. Start small.

Small baby steps are so much easier than grand gestures. Small things – especially when repeated over time – add up to big things.

Hate how our politicians are? Call one friend and schedule a monthly hangout. At this hangout brainstorm for one simple idea that can improve the political process, even if it’s just a little bit. Over the course of the month take action on that idea. As time passes, invite more people into the fold.

In love with someone who doesn’t know? You don’t have to profess your feelings right away, but schedule a time to hang out so you can spend time together, flirting and throwing fuel on the spark to see what happens.

Want to travel? Set aside $10 a week and sign up for a credit card that gives you a free plane ticket (just be sure to pay it off each month).  In a year’s time you’ll have a free flight plus a $500 travel budget.

Whatever it is that is always on the back of your mind, take one small step to doing it today. Write a blog entry. Tutor less-fortunate kids for two hours. Schedule a meeting with your boss about improving your work situation. Go back to church. Bike to work tomorrow. Eat a salad for lunch today.

Take your energy and action and frustration and inspiration and turn it into something beautiful. You don’t have to make a bold move. Just make a small move in the right direction. If the first step seems terrifying, break it down into an even smaller step and move forward from there.

Without action, we are all just people sitting around wishing for a different world and wishing for a different life. That’s a boring way to live. In fact, it’s not a life at all. Take that thing that has been lingering on your mind and bring it into reality. Take small steps in the right direction and before you know it you will have arrived exactly where you want to be.

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