Stop Thinking and Start Doing: The Power of Practicing More

Stop thinking and start doing?

That might be a bit of an exaggeration. Most people have life goals they’ve set for themselves. Doing is essential to accomplishing those goals. If all a person does is just think about doing without actually doing, goals become illusory wishful thinking.

Seldom has a person received a college diploma merely by thinking about going to college. If you want to get a college diploma, you must go to college. However, going to college starts with thinking about going to college.

According to Paul Tiongson, “before you can start doing anything, you must first think ‘the doing’ into reality.” You do this by becoming consciously aware of whatever it is you intend to do. Becoming consciously aware occurs when the act of thinking triggers electrical pulses in the microtubules in that part of the brain that regulates consciousness.

In a complex brain process that’s called Orchestrated Objective Reduction – Orch OR, thinking causes our consciousness to consolidate potential to physical reality where potential is fleshed-out and given substance. This can be perceived as sensory information by one or more of our five senses. Our brains respond to this sensory information by telling us to do something, or do nothing.

The key point is you must think it into reality before you can start doing. “Unfortunately,” say’s Paul Tiongson, “when potential moves to the reality of sensory information through the process of thinking, too many people have conditioned their brains to not respond with an action command to that sensory information simply because their brains are hard-wired to do nothing.”

Paul continues, “it’s at this juncture that the saying “Stop Thinking and Start Doing” becomes relevant.

There are usually no guarantees in life. There is one guarantee in life however. That is if you don’t take action there will be no outcome at all. The only outcome will be that you didn’t achieve your objective.

Unbounded Potential
Because we all have a direct pipeline to unbounded potential, unbounded knowledge in the quantum realm through the interaction of consciousness and thinking, if you can think it, you can do it. We only handicap ourselves by doing nothing, or restricting our activities – our doing – to that which is familiar and comfortable. The indubitable fact is it’s within our capacity to do virtually anything we want that does not violate the laws of nature.

We certainly can’t leap off tall building and not expect the laws of gravity to kick in.

The Knowledge – Results Gap
Here, it’s useful to draw the distinction between knowledge and results. Tapping into the unbounded potential from the quantum realm opens up a cornucopia of knowledge. However, you cannot expect knowledge from the quantum realm, or knowledge obtained from the Internet, or knowledge obtained from anyplace to impact your life until you actuate the knowledge by putting it to use. You could spend a lifetime becoming the most learned person on the planet. But, becoming the most learned person on the planet rings hollow – like a library without visitors – if all that learning is not actively applied to something or anything.

Action is what converts knowledge into results.

Knowledge Doubling Curve
Buckminster Fuller once observed that human knowledge doubled approximately every century until 1900, which he dubbed the “Knowledge Doubling Curve.” Knowledge was doubling every 25 years by the end of World War II. Today, human knowledge is doubling every 13 months and according to IBM, the build-out of the “Internet of Things” will lead to a doubling of human knowledge every 12 hours.

Granted, many nations have cashed in on this exponential growth in global knowledge with their citizens enjoying heretofore unimaginable prosperity. Citizens of other nations are not seeing their prosperity keep pace with this explosion in knowledge. For example, in the United States, the source of most knowledge on the planet in modern times, the 2013 median household income of $52,250 was actually 8.3 percent less than the $57,006 median HH income in 2007, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Despite all this knowledge at our disposal, there clearly seems to be somewhat of a disconnect in America between the knowledge at our disposal and growing our prosperity, which could be realized by putting all that knowledge to good use. Could this be blamed on far too many Americans being hard-wired to do nothing?

Passive Learning vs. Action Learning
Academics and pundits like to draw the distinction between passive learning and action learning. Passive learning is about getting knowledge for the sake of getting knowledge. Passive learning is frequently the main culprit for doing nothing. Reading a book on how to start your own business does not make you an entrepreneur operating your own business. If you want to be an entrepreneur, you must roll-up your sleeves and get about the business of starting your own business. Passive learning is acquiring knowledge without the knowledge having a practical impact on one’s life. It will not get you where you want to be.

Action learning is about the hands-on process of putting knowledge, theory, concepts and experiences into practice – learning by doing. Action learning is about repeatedly and consistently practicing – fine-tuning – what you have learned.

If you want to improve your overall situation in life, including your personal prosperity, action learning is far superior to passive learning for several reasons. Action learning:

  • Inspires – It gives you those “aha moments” of comprehension, realization and profound insight
  • Informs – You know what doesn’t work from practical experience
  • Eliminates distractions – It forces to become oblivious to all the background noise of modern society to focus on “the moment”
  • Builds confidence – It gives you a sense of self-awareness, self-assurance and certainty in your own ability
  • Broadens your perspective – It encourages you to explore different alternatives for achieving your desired outcome
  • Confirms you’re a genius to others – Once you’ve mastered a particular skill by doing, you are qualified to teach it to others

Getting into the Game
People have a natural, unquenchable thirst for knowledge. However, knowledge by itself does not make you a winner in the game of life. To win the game of life, you must first play the game. Winning the game is about becoming proficient in the game through practice, practice, practice. Knowledge of anything in life is simply not a substitute for the lessons you learn by doing. You build confidence from your successes and wisdom from your failures.


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Gladys is the Associate Director of Admissions & Student Services with over 10 years of experience at the International Career Institute.