Life Rewards Action

Quote of the Week

“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

Life Rewards Action

By Chris Widener

Thinking is good, yes it is. I strongly encourage thinking. In fact, thinking plays a terrific role in success. It helps you strategize. It helps you get motivated. It tunes you into success. I am all for thinking and I do it regularly!

That being said, just thinking, no matter how good of a thinker you are, will never catapult you to success. The difference between the thinker who succeeds and the thinker who doesn’t is that the thinker who succeeds also ACTS!

Life does not reward thinking. Life rewards action. Let me clarify: Life rewards thoughtful action.

Think first, by all means… But then ACT!
Do you want to gain wealth? Then save your money – ACT!
Do you want to lose weight? Then hit the treadmill – ACT!
Do you want a new job? Then find a new one so you can quit your current one – ACT!
Do you want to write a book? Then begin to write – ACT!
Do you want a new friend? Then introduce yourself – ACT!

Anything you want to accomplish will only be done by bold and decisive action.

Wishing won’t bring it about. Neither will dreaming. Nor will hoping. Nope, you must ACT.

What is it you want from life? Tell me. Be specific. Be clear. Think about it. Strategize. Roll it around inside that noggin of yours. Got it? Good. Now what? What will you DO to turn that non-physical electrical impulse we call a thought into a physical reality?

There is only one thing: ACTION.

Will you succeed? Will you achieve your dreams? Will you live the life that you want? Only you can make that decision because only you can decide whether or not you will act.

My friends, life rewards action. Your actions do not need to be perfect. They just need to be. And then they get rewarded with success. With achievement. Accomplishment. You have the power within you to lead YOUR life as you see it. There is only one question you must answer for yourself:

Will I act?

Because life rewards action.

Chris Widener is the President of Made for Success. Chris can be reached at

Coaching Call to Action

I notice that periodically my clients come to our calls and want to just talk about a situation. They share their perspective, ask for insights from me and are then ready to move on. After we have talked a bit, if they are still feeling stuck about the situation, I will ask them “What action will you take?” Sometimes, taking no action is an action in itself, but many times this question elicits a whole different line of thinking, moving the person from “thinking about” to doing something. And we all know what can happen by just taking that first step.

Where will you take that first step this week?

Community Involvement

May 16, 2009
ICFNE Presidents Panel: Collaboration – A Creative Alternative

I will be presenting at the ICFNE conference this year with three of my colleagues: Cheryl Dolan, Monica Brunaccine and Bill Sex. We will be creating an experiential laboratory, where anything is possible. Join these four “Heroes” as they entice your creative juices, challenge your thinking, and lead you to “step it up.”

Learn how this team has created an intimate, productive, and engaging environment in a totally safe space. Because it is fun and energizing, a common sense of connection has been forged allowing them to uncover unique ways of solving problems, develop creative alternatives, and look at challenges in very different ways.

Discover their secrets in this very interactive session. To learn more about this year’s conference and/or to register to attend, visit International Coaching Federation, New England