Translating Thinking Into Action

Today I am looking at translating thinking into action. Maybe I could even pull this through to say “wise” actions.

While there are different kinds of thoughts, some thoughts are able to be put into action.  It is one thing to think, it is something altogether different to take your thoughts and put them into action.

First off,  screen and sift your thought – now or later? If now is not the best time to take this “thought into action”, record the idea in an idea journal or your trusted notebook.

OK – moving on, let’s say you have good thoughts:

How does this “thought” relate to your current mission or job in life? When one is aligned the processes will be easier. This may mean you may return this idea back to the sifted “not now”  or even a never pile.

Break your shifted idea into steps, phases or parts. Very few ideas are a one step process. Study or analyze your parts and pieces and then get them going.

Getting things going is a whole study in itself. I’ll post more in this in the future.

Translating thinking into action briefly entered a discussion between Rex Jung, of the Mind Research Network and Robert Sternberg of Tufts University. They were discussing a scientific understanding of wisdom.  Robert stated  It’s not just how you think, it is how you translate thinking into action. Warning , the video is long – the quote came out about 55.59 in the section What is Wisdom.

How do you translate thinking into action?


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One response to “Translating Thinking Into Action

  1. Fred

    Terry asks a very thought-provoking action about translating thoughts into action; it’s kind of a metacognition proposition of higher thinking about thinking. First, I don’t think we can think of pure thought in a vacuum or isolated from other underlying components. One of these is our deeper, subconcious mind, which we move with about much agility as a battle ship. It’s hard to access our deeper mind except through autosuggestion (hypnosis), prayer, meditation, etc. Emile Coue advocated repeating this autosuggestive thought, “Every day in every way, I am getting better and better” at least 26 times a day. My Dad claimed Coue’s saying saved his life in WWII in Burma, where he miraculously survived meningitis, malaria, and viral pneumonia with which he was afflicted at the same time. His getting better was an “action” brought about Coue. A second component is will. The Italian psychotherapist Dr Assagioli wrote an excellent book called “Psychosynthesis” in which he describes different kinds of will – strong will (charge-the-hill type will); skillful will (where we understand ourselves to adroitly use the will judiciously); pretending will (we act as if we were courageous, etc); and divine will (we pray to our creator for help). Combining or synthesizing these wills helps gives us the forces to put action in thoughts into actions and make them happen. Third, there’s the component of principles in transitioning thoughts into. The most noted modern champion of principle-based action is Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, especially the first one of being proactive. This is valuable in complex situations where there’s no simple course of action. I’ve found this most valuable. (Covey also an eighth habit relating to cultivation of the inner voice). Fourth, there’s the Serenity Prayer of finding great comfort in accepting the things we cannot change and having the wisdom of changing the things we can change. Many self-defeating thoughts which lead to immobility are involved in our not accepting our experiences or situations as they actually are. Complete acceptance allows the freedom to take action. Lastly, there’s accountability. I belong to Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) and it’s a powerful program for me to take action because of the accountability of being weighed each meeting and having that effect the group. I will go to heroic lengths to lose for the next weigh-in, so without TOPS I’d be more than 50 lbs. heavier than I am now. These five components represent to me the art of converting thought into action. Thanks to Terry for a great post.

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