“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I have talked a lot about the connection between our thoughts and actions. I have stated many times that actions happen as result of our thoughts and reactions to situations. However, the quote above makes a different point.
While I still believe our thoughts greatly alter our actions, I can relate to what Bonhoeffer is talking about. When my husband and I made the decision to quit our jobs and take a leap of faith, it was a decision made with some thought, but we acted on it much faster than we ever thought we would.
This is a pattern in my life. I have a strong tendency to think of ideas and things I want to do and I will analyze every detail and how it should look. Once I do this, something clicks and I feel this overwhelming reasoning telling me not to wait, but to go for it.
There are times in our lives when we are not ready for major changes. And there are other times when we thought the action would play out slowly and in a calculated manner, but our instincts take over. This idea, that our actions come from our readiness for responsibility, makes perfect sense.
If you have determined that you are capable of quitting your job, starting a family or something else you find yourself thinking about often, then you are innately ready for that responsibility. Naturally, your mind and body wants to pursue and achieve that dream. So, not acknowledging this truth and holding back from action is not healthy.
Trust your instincts and your ability to make sound decisions. Don’t spend your life wondering “what if”. Spring into action and make your dreams a reality.