WRITING: the art of taking action, 5/10

In this book, Gregg Krech argues that taking action is a sure way to reduce stress, improve health, and live a happy life. He makes many insightful points, but overall the book is  not well organized; it reads fragmented and incoherent. I am disappointed.

Nevertheless, several points are noteworthy.

1. Just do it. In many cases we cannot control the outcome but we can control our effort—the actions we take towards our goal. The most difficult part is often the first step. Once we start, the momentum will carry we through. Often we do not have the clarity at the outset. But the very actions are the ways to figure out the directions and purposes.

2. Take small steps one at a time. The complexity is one culprit of procrastination. Facing a daunting task, we balk if we do not break it into chewable bites. Also, taking initial steps can build the momentum and habits, which are vital for completing the task.

3. Take calculated risks. Changes are hard. By nature, we love safety and hate uncertainty. Ironically, our best moments in life often come from taking bold actions.


[Rocky Mountain National Park , CO, 5/3/2013]

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