Step Three: Get The Action Habit!
"The future depends on what you do today."
Dreamers and Doers...
Earlier this month, I read a captivating new book, Creativity, Inc., by Ed Catmull, current President of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.
Since my early childhood (mid-1950's) Walt Disney has been one of my heroes. If anyone doubts the validity of the American Dream, a trip to Disneyland is a good way to experience it and become a believer. Walt Disney was a "dreamer" and "doer". He assembled and led one of the most gifted teams of artists to create a number of outstanding animated films that are classics in the industry. His vision of wholesome family entertainment provided the energy and commitment to create and build Disneyland; an amazing work that is still in process.
So, at the suggestion of my daughter, I bought the book and didn't put it down until I read it cover to cover (actually I got the ibook version). To say the least, the work of Disney profoundly affected the life of Ed Catmull. Disney was and continues to be one of his most influential mentors; as evidenced by what Catmull has accomplished, or more to the point, what he has "done and is doing", as the leader of the highly gifted artists and creators at Pixar and Disney. Like Disney, he is committed to a definite purpose and by continuously acting on that purpose secures the resources to fulfill and keep it vibrantly alive. He, too, is not only "dreamer", but a "doer".
I recommend the book to all who are ready to not only dream but do; to break-out of a limiting comfort zone and realize their untapped potential.
The ASK Process...
The big take-away from the book for me and hopefully for others is "get the action habit". Make it our default behavior. We may not know where the resources are going to come from to accomplish our purpose or see how to fulfill it, but by taking action, taking the first step of a worthwhile journey and continuing, step by step, we are able to acquire the resources we need, produce the results we want and reduce the risks of undesirable outcomes. The resources we once thought impossible to access, become available because taking action clarifies what they are and where and how to get them.
We act instead of being acted upon. We learn and understand the priceless value of the "ASK PROCESS": Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh, receiveth; and him [her] that seeketh findeth; and to him [her] that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8) It is a process of "action"!
We understand that regardless of circumstances we always have a choice. When we act in harmony with principles that produce our desired outcomes we move closer and closer to them instead of passively being tossed about by circumstance. As we exercise our freedom to choose and act, we demonstrate to others, and more importantly to ourselves, that in an ever changing world, instead of being a victim we are responsible and take effective action to accomplish our objectives, achieve our goals, and fulfill our purpose.
Action is a potent antidote for successfully eliminating the roadblocks that can stop our progress toward our desired outcomes, even that of building a more resilient and prosperous local economy!
Getting and applying "the action habit" is the capstone-step for acquiring the resources we need and finding the way to fulfill our purpose.
The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
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