Action Gives Us Control
When you are in a really bad place…
When you are feeling stuck…
When everything around you has gone to the dumps…
Action can give you control of the situation. Even a modicum of action can give you the confidence to find opportunities forward. Each action builds on itself. In the most overwhelming headspace, you can still move your way forward by focusing on the next action in front of you.
What about situations that feel impossible or inactionable?
What could I possibly do at a funeral, or imprisonment or on my deathbed? You can’t take away your reality, but you don’t have to focus on your reality, especially not dwelling on the negative sides of what’s going on. You can’t change the fact that the funeral is happening, but you can comfort as many people around you as possible and cherish your loss. You can’t change the fact that you are in jail, but that doesn’t mean you can’t move forward. You can learn to be better (even if no one wants you to). You can help other inmates (even if they don’t). You can treat guards as if they were your friends (even if they don’t). You can’t wish away your fatal health problems, but you can start eating healthy. You can exercise the hospital halls, or exercise in your mind. You can give to those around you, even if you can’t give to yourself.
There’s always a way forward.
But what if I don’t know what to do?
Sit down with a pen and paper.
Create an Action Playlist.
Just like creating a music playlist for a party, you need a playlist for how you are going to handle the problem(s) in front of you.
An action playlist gives you power. It says, “things are not the best right now, but this is what I can do about it.”
This is what I can do about it.
Write down anything you can think and dream of. No action is too small. No dream is too ideal. Ideas are your currency. Ideas are your way out. It doesn’t matter if you’ve written down the worst ideas in the history of humanity, at the very least you have something to do. Action steps give you control over your situation. If this was a RedBull commercial, action would give you wings. This is what I can do.
After you have created your action playlist, get after it. Commit to starting one action immediately. It doesn’t matter which one, start with the one you feel drawn to. Then, focus exclusively on that action. This isn't about qu
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— Josh Waggoner
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