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Stop Waiting For It Because It’s Never Coming (What I learned last year)

If you’re waiting for the universe to provide for you, I’ve got a feeling you’re going to wait a long time. If you know what you want then my advice is to confidently take the necessary steps and go get it.

Disclaimer: This post is about me and what I learned in over the last year. It’s not about you. Then again, maybe it could be – if you want it to be, but that’s up to you…

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I’m a positive thinker and I believe you absolutely must have a positive, confident mindset to achieve your dreams.

However, positive thinking has gained a negative connotation over the last decade or two, because too many people have interpreted positive thinking as akin to wishing.

If you believe it, you can achieve it. If you think positively, the belief goes, good things will happen and everything you want will eventually come to you.

Yes, I believe that’s true, but here’s the deal breaker, it’s not true if you do not take action.

Positive thinking without action leads to despair and desperation, and eventually negativity and doubt will take over because you’ll have unintentionally proven to yourself that positivity doesn’t work.

Positive thinking without deliberate action doesn’t work.

(Tweet?)

Hope is powerful, but hope without action is not enough.

- What are you doing to accomplish your goals?

- What mistakes have you made and what did you learn from them?

- What detours did you take and how did you get back on the right path?

- Did you fail? If so, good. Try again. And if that doesn’t work, try again and again, and, finally, again.

When you get hit, you’ve got to hit back with corrective action. You can’t squat and wait. No, Bryan, you can’t do that.

Positive thinking without action is not the beginning of the end. It is the end.

If you’re waiting for someone else to do what needs to be done for you, well, then you’re not waiting for much.

No one picks a person who rests on their laurels. Why? Because no one wants someone who isn’t purposeful, who doesn’t do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. And that goes for picking yourself as well.

You know it’s true.

And, you know what? That’s the way it should be, because if it weren’t you’d never want what you want enough to learn how to overcome setbacks and thrive.

You’ve got to be confident and intentional.

Anything less is not enough. It’s not. It never has been.

Inaction is worse than failure.

(You might want to tweet that.)

Doubt destroys. It’s not worth it. Of course, a little fear is good. It’s what motivates us to cross the street successfully, without getting hit by a buss.

Don’t doubt yourself. It’s not helpful. It’s not productive. And besides, it doesn’t look good on you.

Positive action, though, my friend, leads to confidence and eventually victory.

What about writing 500 words a day? Yes, you can do that.

Confidence, now that looks good on you.

Look at those straightened shoulders. You’re so tall.

Look at that smile. It brightens the room.

Look at that walk of enthusiasm. You’re radiating positive, can-do energy.

Everyone’s watching now. Ah, you sure look good!

I love it when a plan comes together.

–  Hannibal Smith

If I learned anything in the last year, it’s you’ve got to take action every day. Don’t wait. Have confidence in your abilities, live with purpose and for heaven’s sake, be intentional.

If you’re a writer, write. If you’re a painter, paint. If you’re a designer, design. Whatever you do, do it every day. Do it good, bad and even ugly, but do it! Learn, modify, improve and take more action.

The more action you take, the less you will doubt yourself and your abilities. The more action you take the more you will get done. And the more projects that you complete the more positive you’ll become.

You don’t know what you’re capable of doing, until you do it.

Positive thinking is about taking deliberate action and not merely making wishes. (Go ahead, throw your coin into the wishing well, but then get back to work.)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I’d love to know what you learned over the course of the last year. Share in the comments.

About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I encourage writers and all artists by means of practical, workable strategies on how to slay the beast of doubt within and create work that matters. In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • http://www.rocksolidfamily.com/ Anastacia Maness

    Great post, Bryan. I agree it definitely helps me to have a positive outlook when facing challenges. If I look at a goal as hard or impossible then I probably wouldn’t even try and give up before I start.

    I have accepted several challenges for this upcoming year and I believe I will accomplish them. I made sure they all aligned with my main goal. Then I set my mind to make it happen. Even writing 500 words everyday! I can do it!

    Of course some of those 500 words may be meaningless ramblings before I fall asleep at night but they will be positively written. ;-)

    • http://www.positivewriter.com/ Bryan Hutchinson

      Ha, I like that, Anastacia: “…but they will be positively written.”

  • Terri

    Great reading! Now the next step is how does one motivate the uninspired…..that’s the main crux before one can take action. People generally know that they have to take action….do things differently to get different results but lack the fire in the belly to take that next step….

    • http://www.positivewriter.com/ Bryan Hutchinson

      That’s where good questions come in handy, such as: What gets you excited? What worked before to get you motivated? Do you like what you are doing, if not, then what could you be doing or what could you find likable about what you are doing?

      Asking questions to find your motivation can help a great deal. Usually when I am not motivated there’s something about the work that I don’t like or I don’t want to do.

  • http://contemplativemonk.com/ Bob Holmes

    Thanks for the encouragement Bryan. Challenge accepted! I just got a book in: Hardwiring Happiness that I can’t wait to jump into. Having rewired my brain out of Clinical Depression, the science is finally catching up. It also got the left side talking to the right side. :-) Love your awesome work!

    • http://www.positivewriter.com/ Bryan Hutchinson

      Thanks, Bob! Glad to hear you worked your way out of depression, that’s no easy task. Keep moving forward! Keep taking action!

  • renee

    I read the quote with the other Hannibal!

    I tell my kids “if wished and buts, were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas!”

    I agree that doing nothing is the absolute worst!

    • http://www.positivewriter.com/ Bryan Hutchinson

      Ha! I’m sure your kids just love your witty rebuttals lol – I’m going to have to use that one, Renee!

  • http://sherrysoule.blogspot.com/ sherry soule

    Thanks, Bryan. This post is exactly what I needed to read today.

    • http://www.positivewriter.com/ Bryan Hutchinson

      Awesome!

  • http://www.annepeterson.com/ Anne Peterson

    Bryan,

    Good post, as usual. What have I learned this year? Let’s see. I think I’ve learned that I do have something of value to offer. I’ve learned failure is not the worst thing. I used to avoid it at all costs. Now I see it as a part of living life. For me, that’s growth.

    • http://www.positivewriter.com/ Bryan Hutchinson

      You absolutely, most certainly have something of value to offer! Continue growing! :)

  • Katina Vaselopulos

    Again a great post! Always encouraging and inspiring! Last year, one of the worst years in my life, I learned not to give up, to trust the Universe to get me where I needed to be, to be positive even in situations seeming hopeless, and to inspire others that life is beautiful and worth living it, even with the worst challenges. Have a wonderful year, Brian!

    • http://www.positivewriter.com/ Bryan Hutchinson

      Awesome, Katina! You’re inspiring! :)

  • Alex

    Once again, the timing of this post couldn’t be more perfect, or more eery.

    2013 was a very life-changing and interesting year for me – it was the year where I realised that, actually, I do want to write, among other things. It’s a year where I proverbially ‘found myself’ and found a direction for my life, having spent the last five years wandering through life aimlessly.

    So this new year really is a new beginning for me, in so many ways.

    • http://www.positivewriter.com/ Bryan Hutchinson

      You’re not alone, Alex. Sometimes we need a new beginning and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  • rj 1983

    I hope, I would agree to this post after I could read my novel in a book, not in my manuscript or in my computer. Indeed, he is absolutely right. I had an open mind and was a very positive thinker. However I was lazy. Many people left me, even the most love of my life. Then I was depressed for uncountable years. Only then I realized, no one was approaching me anymore, no one came back to me. I was waiting, nobody arrives. One morning I saw an overflowed ball pen scattered somewhere in our home. I picked it up, then tried to use it. It was still fine. Then I found an old notebook with only few writings on it. There was a long paused. I was thinking what to write. Then a character formed into my mind, creating the first character of my story. He wasn’t a reflection of me, in some way perhaps, but he was a combination of many people of my life. People that I admired, loved and even hated. Days passed, I have written from hundreds of word to thousands of word. Months passed I have written the first fifteen chapters of my manuscript. Then after a year, the whole manuscript finished with forty one chapters. No work today, even your the most positive guy in the world, tomorrow you will suffer hunger. And the positive charge in your brain, will electrocute you down.

    • http://www.positivewriter.com/ Bryan Hutchinson

      I’m not sure I totally understood your comment RJ. However, fifteen chapters??? WOW. That’s awesome!! Keep going. Don’t let doubt seep in and stop you, because you’re showing you can do it.