Taking Action Quotes
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Taking action quotes remind you to get off the couch (or computer) and start doing something! What small action step can you take right now? Do it! 

Breaking your big dream or project into manageable steps will get you moving in the right direction. Now pick something from your ‘to do’ list you keep avoiding – and do it. I call this ‘swallowing the frog.’ The accomplishment you’ll feel after taking that single action, will lead you right into the next. If you run into a roadblock, step back, look at the situation differently, and try again. Re-visit these taking quotes any time you feel ‘stuck’ or notice yourself slipping back into old action-avoiding behaviors.

One small action can start a chain reaction similar to dominoes. Give one domino a little push and you’ll have dozens moving in a chain reaction. In life, nothing happens unless you move out of your thoughts and into your walking (or running) shoes. The time is right to act now! For extra reinforcement, post your favorite taking action quotes on Facebook along with the actions you are taking. You’ll instantly have a ton of accountability partners. With this new plan in place you’ll be celebrating your productivity instead of stressing about procrastination. Be a ‘doer’…start taking action today!

Your personal joy, inspiration and creativity coach,






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When the answer to all questions is yes, you enter a new world, a world of action, possibility, and adventure.
Patricia Ryan Madson

What you do has far greater impact than what you say.
Stephen R. Covey

Orville Wright did not have a pilot's license.
Gordon MacKenzie

Action and becoming are one.
Meister Eckhart

Action is my domain.
Mahatma Gandhi

Get action, do things; be sane; don't fritter away your time; create, act, take a place wherever you are and be somebody: get action.
Theodore Roosevelt

Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.
Isaac Newton

If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.
Thomas Jefferson

What motivates you to change, to take action? Those who wait to take action until they find themselves in a desperate situation face more difficulties than they need to.
Catherine Pulsifer

You can't just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream; you've got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.
Diana Ross

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
Sean O'Casey

Knowing is not enough, you must apply; willing is not enough, you must do.
Bruce Lee

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
W. Clement Stone

You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and act.
Lee Iacocca

Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.
Leonardo da Vinci

All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
James Russell Lowell

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin

It may be those who do most... dream most.
Stephen Leacock

Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Samuel Johnson

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
Napoleon Bonaparte

The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret.
Sarah Bombell

Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death.
Betty Bender

If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Most people live dejectedly in worldly joys or sorrows. They sit on the sidelines and do not join the dance.
Søren Kierkegaard

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
Thomas Henry Huxley

The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.
Alfred North Whitehead

What you don't do can be a destructive force.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now.
P. T. Barnum

You can’t cross a sea by merely staring into the water.
Rabindranath Tagore

You can't cross a sea by merely staring into the water.
Rabindranath Tagore

You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.
Barbara Sher

You don't need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.
Barbara Sher

It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented form becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.
Søren Kierkegaard

To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action till the goal is reached. The key is action.
Michael Hanson

You can't hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can't catch a fish unless you put your line in the water. You can't reach your goals if you don't try.
Kathy Seligman

A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.
Anthony Robbins

In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Theodore Roosevelt

Lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.
Anthony Robbins

My actions are my only true belongings.
Thich Nhat Hanh

A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.
Bruce Springsteen

The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.
John C. Maxwell

Thoughts lead to feelings. Feelings lead to actions. Action leads to results.
T. Harv Eker

Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You cannot try to do things. You simply must do things.
Ray Bradbury

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
Dale Carnegie

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
Kahlil Gibran

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success.
Dorothea Brande

Do or do not. There is no ‘try.'
Yoda - Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt

Don't wait for inspiration. Take action! Action generates inspiration.
Frank Tibolt

Even if you are on the right track you'll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Epictetus

I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
Abraham Maslow

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.
Leonardo da Vinci

I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.
Julia Cameron

I think there is something more important than believing: Action! The world is full of dreamers. There aren't enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.
W. Clement Stone

Ideas without action are worthless.
Helen Keller

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
Stephen Levine

So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don't sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we've satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.
Lee Iacocca

Take action on your ideas. Procrastination is the mortal enemy of spontaneous brilliance.
Dan Zadra

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life, and the procedure, the process is its own reward.
Amelia Earhart

The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing.
William Shakespeare

Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.
James Baldwin

To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.
John Ruskin

You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you'll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless.
Caroline Myss

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Wayne Gretzky



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