“C’mon Bobby; you’ve gotta take action if you plan to catch a fish. You’ve gotta help me cut a hole in the ice and then you’ve gotta bate your line and drop it in the hole.” That’s what my Uncle Fred advised me to do when I went ice fishing with him. I’d began whining before we barely got started, and his response to my whining was powerful.
“Action is the only power, the one and only power, the all essential power that turns in you into a great ice fisherman, Bobby. Without action nothing happens. Never substitute whining for action, Bobby. You can whine for your entire lifetime, but until you replace your whining with action, you won’t experience winning. It’s the man of action that’s the first to finish. So grab the axe and start chopping; we’ve got some fish to catch.”
Uncle Fred often shared a motivational speech like this when I was sulking or feeling sorry for myself. My adult translation of this specific childhood experience is empowering: The successful person never holds his action in reserve, never holds back his power with lack of action.
I’ve learned over the past few decades that when inaction becomes a habit, it becomes a mindset, and I am training yourself to be lazy. And, when action becomes a habit, it becomes a mindset, and I am training myself to be ambitious – therein lies the secret to overwhelming success (training myself to be ambitious).