Part 2 | Strengths and Going Back to Basics 


May 5, 2016

5 Ideas

Today is a day for action.  As are all days.  And, in one sense, a decision itself is an action—but it’s only one part of a whole, which involves a physical act or a change in behavior.  Decisions are mental actions, and until we say something or do something, this process remains private and therefore only affects the person thinking it.

The decision itself is the inner component of the action—and, while essential to progress, decisions alone get nothing done in the real (shared) world.

So, if the start of change is, indeed, the result of decisions and actions over and over—it is then a collaboration of the inner and outer worlds, which are always affecting each other, that creates change.  Our thoughts affect our actions, our actions produce results, the results affect our thinking.  And around and around.

The art is this: How can the effects of their swirling interaction be consistently productive?

The answer is this: When it comes to goals, the best first step is to start small and be consistent.  For example, the guy at the gym doesn’t get ripped by going in and lifting heavy once…no.  He gets ripped by going in day after day and making incremental gains.  Make every action count.

Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.

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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world.  He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Transformation Coach.

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One thought on “Part 2 | Strengths and Going Back to Basics 

  1. So true. I’m realising that Zach. That a decision in itself doesn’t mean much unless we act on it, small actions that can lead to momentum to keep going in the direction we need to. I’m trying.

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