A Life of Reaction

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by Miciah Bennett
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"A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction."
-Rita Mae Brown

It’s hard trying to create new habits. It’s February and a lot of people are headed down the road of giving up on their 2012 goals.

I’m struggling with mine.

It’s not because we don’t want to achieve, it’s because we are not used to doing the work it requires to achieve the goals. Setting a goal is like saying you want to lose three dress sizes -- you are going to need a plan, consistent effort and time.

Patience is what kills us.

We are unconsciously a society that wants instant-gratification. We want out goals to happen at the end of the week and it’s not always going to happen like that.

We can’t react to an opportunity from another if we haven’t already been acting on our own accord. There might not always be someone around to motivate us or cheer us on; someone to give us the $____ we need to do this or the inspiration to do that. We have to motivate ourselves. Archers don’t wait for someone to tell them to shoot the arrow at the target. They choose when to let the arrow go; they keep releasing until they run out of arrows, and when they've used all of their arrows they pull them out of the target and shoot again.

A life of reaction is being a slave to outside forces, action is always of purest intent.

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