We’ve all seen a sales ad that strongly admonishes us to ACT FAST! Don’t worry, this isn’t one of them, but there’s something we can learn here. Salespeople and marketers know that if they get you to make a decision on the spot, you won’t have time to talk yourself out of it. Depending on what they’re selling, this could be a good or bad thing. For the purpose of this article, let’s focus on good decisions.
When it comes to consistently moving in the right direction, I don’t think enough can be said about quick action. Pierre and I were having a conversation about faith, and how our faith must grow by continually feeding our spirit with the Word. I realized while we were talking that although that is powerful and necessary, it’s only the first step. Faith without works is dead.
It’s in those moments of inspiration, revelation, energy, and sparks of the divine, that we must take quick action. If we do not, the moment passes. Our subconscious minds literally autopilot us back on track to where our past experiences were heading. If we don’t act by the spirit and get those results, we will continue to do what we’ve always done and get the same results we’ve always had.
I’m sure it has happened to you. You are inspired and fired up by a concept, speech, or conversation with a friend. You are SURE that you know the exact course of action to take. You have never been more clear in your life. You think there’s no way this feeling or clarity will dissipate. Yet it always does. Give it a little time of inaction, forget to write it down, talk about it with too many people before taking the first steps, and BOOM. You’ve got yourself a deflated balloon lying on the ground with no energy left to refill it.
This is because your mind is programmed to keep you steady, stable, and on course. That’s awesome unless where you were heading is not where you want to end up. When you try to decide that there’s a different course of action, your mind won’t agree with you right off the bat. That’s why you need to act fast when you know the right thing to do. Can you summon up the initial energy or inspiration once it has passed? Yes, but it won’t be the same. It’s best to move with it when it first comes.
Acting fast comes more easily to some personality types than others, but everyone can choose to start retraining their brains to new concepts. It starts with breaking daily meaningless habits. Put your left foot first on the stairs instead of your right. Wake up and don’t touch your phone at all for the first several hours of the day. Go to a birthday party and don’t eat sweets. Brush your teeth or your hair with the opposite hand. Change little things so your mind is rocked out of autopilot and is open to bigger changes.
Our upcoming move to Puerto Rico is pivotal in our journey because it breaks every tradition, habit, routine, and paradigm we’ve held thus far. Our minds will have a much fewer amount of reference points to anchor us to. However, we have a choice and a small window of time to track a new course before all those old ways try to creep back into a new space. We have to go to Puerto Rico having already decided who we are and where we’re going. We have to go ready to establish new habits in line with that right away.
Quick action causes us to walk by the Spirit, before the mind has had the chance to reason with it. Quick action shows we trust God over the arm of the flesh – and I am convinced nothing pleases Him more than our trust in action. You don’t need to leave the mainland US to make big changes in your life. The next time inspiration strikes, ACT FAST! In the meantime, put your jeans on opposite leg first.