How To Quit Thinking and Start Doing

You can't live thoughts, only actions.

We Can Only Live Changes.

Are there things in your life you desire to change? Maybe you want a better job or a healthier lifestyle. Maybe you’ve been wanting a more consistent prayer life or to quit a bad habit. I think all of us have something we want to change in ourselves or our lives, but the question is what are we willing to do about it.

Over the years, I’ve visited with people who really, really want better lives. They all recognize what steps they need to take, but they’re stuck in the mud not going anywhere. This is because simply knowing what to do doesn’t change anything.

How not to get what you want.

I came across this quote the other day that summed it up pretty well.

We can only live changes; we cannot think our way to humanity.
(Ivan Illich, a Croatian-Austrian philosopher)

There was a time when I wanted a better life. I knew what I needed to do and had even outlined, highlighted, and edited all the steps necessary on the pages of several years’ worth of journals. Yet all I ever did was think about how I would change things and guess what…


You can’t think your way there.

I finally realized I couldn’t think my way into a different life; I had to take the changes outlined in my journals and actually live them. This meant putting feet to my thoughts.

For example, we can think about losing weight till Jesus comes back, but until we start exercising and eating healthier, we’re not going to lose one pound!

We can dream about a happy marriage or a successful career, or desire about a million other things, but until we actually do what it it takes, nothing will ever change.

Start living out the necessary changes.

People can’t live thoughts, wishes, or dreams. They can only live out the changes they are willing to make.

What changes have you been thinking about? Don’t spend another day stuck in the mud! It’s time to stop thinking and gather up the courage to start doing it, one change at a time. You can step into the life you’ve been dreaming about.

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13)

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” 
(Psalm 20:4 )

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