The way of the martial artist - is the way of action. The DOING is the most important thing about martial arts training. Whether you train in Tai Chi, or whether you are a hard-core MMA Fighter, it's the DOING that counts.
In life off the mat, the DOING, the ACTION is also a critical ingredient to success. I have known many people, and I include myself among them, who at one time or another, knew enough to 'make a move', or to 'do something' but could simply not go the next vital step - and pull the trigger.
"Hey, I could have written that book' - I've actually heard this. I was polite enough to keep my thoughts to myself - but those thoughts were, 'Perhaps your right, you could have done it. But you DIDN'T!' There's knowing, and then there's PULLING THE TRIGGER. Actually doing it. Taking action. Thoughts don't create much - in and of themselves. We can wish and hope and think all we want - and the universe will ignore us. It's only when we take action that things start to happen.
As I am fond of saying - you can stick the motivational poster up on the wall - and 'put the thought out there in the universe' - you can even light up some incense - and put on some nice music - but nothing will happen. Well, not entirely true - something will manifest - a family of spiders will eventually take up residence behind the poster. The poster is there for one reason only - to inspire you into taking action. Take action today - make things happen.