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How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never! Only through action. Strive to do thy duty, then thou shalt know what is in thee.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1828, by Joseph Karl Stieler; Public Domain)

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The secret of getting things done is to act!

—Dante (Public Domain)

Of course it is! Why, then, do we look back on our day and wonder what we accomplished? After all, we were busy the entire day, from morning until night. But what actions did we accomplish that moved us forward, toward our own personal objectives, as opposed to busy work that simply spent up the precious time in our day?

The key to our personal success, after defining where we want to go and mapping out our path, is to simply do the work—day in and day out—that will move us closer to that destination. And that means laying out what needs to get done before the day begins, and monitoring the day to assure we remain on track, despite all of the useless noise that will inevitably and chronically come our way.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

—Horace (65 BC—8 BC; Public Domain)

All the grand plans, all of the tactics, all of the visualizations of what you want your life to look like mean nothing if you are unwilling to do the work required to move forward toward a specific destination.

If you are not moving forward, ask yourself a series of questions. Are you doing the work? Is it efficient work designed to move you down your path? If you are not doing the work, why not? It could be that you have not clearly defined your destination, or you are not passionate about what you are doing. Or, it could quite simply be that you have not yet developed the habit of a strong work ethic!

Beginning today, assure you have a clear image of where you want to go, an outline of the tactics to get there, and a way to track your daily actions which support those tactics. Identify the point of disconnect on your daily action plan, and work each day to move that point further down the circuit. Be conscious of this effort, and soon enough good habits will kick in and put you on “auto pilot” toward the life you have imagined.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.

—Charles Dickens (1867, by Jeremiah Gurney; Public Domain)

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Whatever you can do—or dream you can—begin it; boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (by JK Stieler, 1828; Public Domain)

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Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.

—Pablo Picasso (1908; Public Domain)

And that work needs to involve focused action, not “busy” work. Anyone can say, “I was busy from the minute I woke up to the minute I went to bed,” but how much of that was focused on moving you closer to your goals, your objectives, your dreams? Go into each day like a raging bull; spend the vast majority of your time moving forward on the path you charted toward your destination, and the inspiration will almost magically appear!

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Don’t think, just do.

—Horace (65 BC – 8 BC, Public Domain)

Making plans for one’s life is extremely important; the process gives us direction and crystalizes a vision of where we want to go and who we want to become. But what is truly paramount in life is action. The best plan in the world means nothing if we never actually insert ourselves on the map and begin moving forward. And continue moving forward, without stop and despite the inevitable and chronic obstacles in our way. So, let’s take a few minutes reviewing our grand plan each morning, and spend the rest of the day simply moving forward. With constant, focused action, we will reach our destination—or discover a wonderful new place not on our original map at all.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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