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Words are powerful. But actions are meaningful. And you know why? Because actions put thoughts into motion. Actions make things happen.

It’s so easy for us to have great ideas … it’s harder to actually do something about them.

In the same way we nurture plants, we need to nurture our thoughts. Our thoughts are like seeds, which will grow into beautiful produce, but only if you remember to water and fertilize them. When you forget to water and fertilize a garden, this, your thoughts turn into weeds. What happens to your seeds when you forget to water them? They turn into weeds…

For your idea to manifest, you have to feed them every day. You need to prune them too – shape them and hone them into specific actionable steps.

You have to consider the possibility that as soon as the seed of an idea is planted into your own mind there is someone else out there … some one, somewhere, who has the exact same idea. There are way too many people in this world for that not to be plausible. So, in essence, if you are first to take action, then you will be the first to turn your idea into reality.

This is like the 100th monkey theory: Scientists observed monkeys on different remote islands. One day, one particular monkey washed the dirt off a sweet potato before she ate it. Soon there after, the rest of the monkeys copied. The extraordinary thing was that after the 99th monkey washing a sweet potato before eating it, there was a tipping point. When the 100th monkey did the same thing a critical mass was achieved – and incredibly – monkeys living on the other islands somehow obtained the same knowledge, even though there was no physical contact between the monkeys.

Carl Jung called this collective unconscious… part of the unconscious mind, expressed in humanity and all life forms with nervous systems, and describes how the structure of the psyche autonomously organises experience.

Jung was also famous for saying ‘You are what you do, not what you say you will do’, which means that ultimately, people will judge you by your actions and not your intentions. But this does not just apply to that great money-making idea you’ve got, it can be applied in all areas of life. Want to start a new regime of health and fitness? Want to learn a language? Change career?

You can think about it for as long as you want, but you will only make progress once you take action.

And action starts with making a plan, and then working your way through the plan. You can start right now. Why wait and longer?