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Desire to Action

I’ve been noticing lately how much of our lives is spent wanting to do something, wishing we could do something … but struggling to move into action. The same exists in martial arts training; real fighting is quick and time is of the essence; hesitation can have dire consequences.

What’s the struggle to make this transition all about?

And how can we more consciously make the transition into action?

Let’s look at typical examples to see what we’re dealing with.

  • There’s a task I know I want to do (or maybe I feel I should do), but I keep putting it off. Something about it brings me uncertainty, and that makes it uncomfortable, so I put it off over and over. When I finally do it, it’s way easier than I feared it would be, and I wonder what took me so long.

  • There’s a project I’ve wanted to do for some time, but I keep telling myself it’s not the right time. I’m not ready, or things are too busy. Even when I find more space, I find other reasons not to do it because I’m not sure how to do it, and taking it on will be stepping outside of my comfort zone.

  • I want to hire a coach or start a program that I know will give me the support I’ve been looking for, but I hesitate. I am not sure if I’ll do well enough, if I’ll be right for the program if I’ll do what’s needed to get value out of it. So I stay indecisive and put off committing.

You might be able to tell what’s stopping us: uncertainty, the unknown, and fear.

Fear and uncertainty about the unknown keep us from crossing the threshold into action.

The ironic thing is that often the most powerful thing we can do in uncertainty is to step into action – it’s in the realm of doing that we learn anything and that we’ll get the answers we’re looking for.

So how do we cross from uncertainty and indecision and avoidance … into action?


Set an intention to be in action rather than getting stuck.

Turn towards

Notice the uncertainty and fear in your body as sensations. Can you mindfully be with it when it shows up and bring it, love?

Ask what you want.

Is this something you care deeply about? Is there a possibility this represents that is meaningful to you? Do you want this?

Make the smallest movement.

Often the smallest step can get the ball rolling, and we always forget that.

Find the joy

How can this action feel joyous, wondrous, sacred, and alive for you?

The more we practice this, the better we get at it. And being in action not only feels good, it starts to clear up a lot of the stuck-ness of our lives.

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