Don’t just tell me, show me.
Actions speak louder than words.
The superior (wo)man is modest in his (/her) speech, but exceeds in his (/her) actions.
I have a bad habit of dreaming constantly, talking a big game and then never following through. I promise posts I never write, but want to write. I talk about wanting or needing to sleep more, but never do. I dream of living in California (or New York or Charleston or Miami or could I even be a Boulder girl?) and am convinced I will some day, but fall short on making sure it happens.
There’s thinking about doing something, talking about doing something and then actually doing something. I’m a pro at the first two and I fall short on the last. My thoughts and words don’t mean a whole lot until I put them into action.
It’s been on my mind a lot lately because at work, it’s something we train to. We hand women a huge opportunity, but it’s up to them to make it happen. I think, “Am I the woman who would flail around, thinking she’s going to do something but not actually doing it? Or would I go all out and take action immediately?” Some things in life I’m great at immediately taking action. An audition at 6 p.m.? I’m there. Having to be photo-ready by Friday? I’m up for the challenge. Need a draft of a booklet by 3 p.m.? Let’s do it! It’s the larger things I tend to let fall to the wayside. Anything that takes a huge amount of planning ahead bogs me down. I’d rather live in my daydreams of it. Until I don’t.
I’m inspired by people who not only dream, but take action. Take one of my closest friends, Alyssa, for example. She, like millions of others, has a bucket list. Unlike millions of others, though, Alyssa actually crosses off the things on that bucket list. And they’re not all easy tasks. She not only writes about wanting to write a book, but she also chips away at her book proposal every week, if not every day. It’s not about daring to dream. It’s about daring to do.
At the end of April, I felt a strong call to action. Not any particular action, just to get sh!t done. In one day, I booked a gynecologist appointment (OK, that was more out of necessity— it’s been a year), set up a photo shoot, asked a friend to help me create a demo reel and followed up on booking a modeling job, even though I was afraid my persistant following-up would be annoying. I’m tired of letting my grand plans get lost in the shuffle of the day-to-day, or— dare I say it— get lost in my own laziness. It’s time for some action.