Journey of a thousand miles begins with the single step. I am starting this year with a determination to act on all the things which I have thought about so far. On the new year’s day this year, Jayaraj and I had almost an hour of discussion on how we are making new resolutions every year and forgetting on the previous year’s resolutions. The need of the hour is not new resolutions which is different from last year but resolving oneself to Commit and Act consistently on everything which we might have ever thought about doing in the past.
Having a definite approach how to act is a must and I see that there are 2 ways I can act, the first one is to have a step by step approach, like when I want to learn to play guitar where I have to have a step by step approach. The second one is the spontaneous action, if I have to wake up early there is no step by step approach but I have to just get up.
I will give you an examples on both the approaches which has actually changed the ways I transitioned from thoughts to action.
I have been reading blogs/articles for quite some time, however when I love a blog I try to write a comment and all of a sudden I will be at loss of words and I would just end up writing “great article”, “wonderful” or nothing mostly instead of all the other things which I wanted to write. So I decided to take simple steps, to begin with I would compel myself to write at least 1 complete sentence which appreciates the writer, and add a sentence which will express what are my thoughts on the same subject and then add another sentence to agree on a particular line which impressed me the most. Now I find myself flowing with words when I want to comment on any blog or article which I liked because I know that I have to just follow the pattern and once I have mastered this pattern I can move to the more creative commenting.
Another instance of the transformation from thoughts to action happened at my office, this is an example for the second approach, if you have a thought just act on it. Below is the exact email which I wrote to my teammates to ask for help for a charity.
On the way to Mangalore, after getting down at the Bangalore airport I stepped into the book shop “Relay” and spotted the book “Power of starting something Stupid” by Richie Norton, I held that book for a long time and I was thinking about should I have to buy this book or not, the main reason for that was I have brought lots of such books and I after start reading these books I have not completed them except for few of them, so the thought of this book ending up in the incomplete list was bothering me, however I mustered my courage and brought that book and I was determined to read this book before I reach Pune as I know that I will have lots of time in the evening to compete the book. Indeed I have almost completed this book and there are only 2 chapters left, which makes me feel good that after a long time I am finishing a book, more than that I learnt something which was very much necessary for me at this moment and that is to “Just Do It”.
After 2 or 3 months I had joined Syngenta, while have a conversation with Aditya, I mentioned that I wanted to do something for a long time, he replied ‘instead of thinking why don’t you “Just Do It”.’ This book which I am currently reading says just that “Just Do IT”, so I am going to “Just Do It” which I wanted to do after coming back from Vacation that is to ASK.
While working for Infosys, I stayed in a place called Acharapakkam which is 50KM from the office. The place I stayed is a village, I was searching for charity home to provide some monthly help. My brother introduced me to a scholastic then, who is now a Priest who oversees a charity home where they foster AIDS infected and affected(Parents infected with AIDS) children. I celebrated my birthday, Christmas and also we provided some more financial help to those children while I was there. When I spoke to the priest recently he said that they needs some more help. The main reason I am writing to you now is to ask for help from all of you as they are in need of money to build a proper kitchen and to buy few more things which can help the children entertain during the holidays.
You must be wondering what is the relation between the book and me asking you the help. I was very hesitant to write this email for the past month and this book helped me to overcome the hesitation and write this email.
After this email, I was able to generate 15 thousand Rupees which is the highest amount I have ever collected for any charity, I felt very happy when I gave the money to the Priest who runs the shelter.
In both the examples above, there was a time period between my thoughts and my actions, and the transition was facilitated by simple steps, I believe the key to Action is finding these simple steps which can help us to create the world which we have imagined.