Don’t just sit there…DO something!

by Starla J. King on November 2, 2010

The most frustrated people I know are not in action.  When we get stuck, we often try to think our way into action, but that just gets us even more stuck.”  — Lorin Beller Blake (founder & CEO of Big Fish Nation).


(that’s the sound of those words hitting me *right here* <fist to chest>)

You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? 

You’re not sure what action to take, so you… don’t.

Then you’re frustrated because you didn’t take action so you … still don’t.

Then the inaction starts really bugging you so freak out a little and go hide in a big ole ball of … even more inactive inaction.

Then you get brave enough to uncurl and peek out through one wary eye and try to THINK your way out of inaction.

And…..that doesn’t work either.

So what does??  


Just stepping in front of your own stumbling blocks and DOING SOMETHING.  One step, any step into movement…  forward movement.

I think Lorin nailed it in her blog post today: “Do you think too much?”     4 hard-to-get-started yet simple-to-keep-going steps to ACTION:

  1. DECIDE to act
  2. DEFINE your goals
  3. DEFY your fears
  4. DO it

My paraphrase:  Tell fear where it can go. 

START NOW.  Take a step. Move forward.  Ready… set….


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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Babs November 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm

You and Lorin are really talkin’ to me this week…I’m a thinker for sure. Your steps made it so clear for me to take action. Thanks for getting my rear in gear!


Starla J. King November 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Babs, YOU GO GIRL!! After reading Lorin’s blog yesterday, I DECIDED to act, and the rest is history. My To Do list is trembling. 🙂

Here’s to ACTION!!


Kristen November 3, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I have to get out of my head! Thanks for the encouragement.


Starla J. King November 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Kristen, I’m right there with you… thinking is great *in moderation* and when it takes over, yikes!

Let your brain rest for a bit. It will love you for it. So will your biz.


Julia Aquino November 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I’m no longer thinking just doing :)Into forward movement! Thanks for your insight and again, just in the nick of time!


Lorin November 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm


First, YOU nailed it!

Second, how did you get your beautiful blog to look so gorgeous! 🙂


Starla J. King November 4, 2010 at 10:15 am


*WE* nailed it! 🙂

Re: the gorgeous (thank you) blog, it’s all WORDPRESS, baby! You’ll be there soon….


Rebecca P. Cohen November 4, 2010 at 10:04 am

I’m right there with you Starla; here’s to action!


Starla J. King November 4, 2010 at 10:16 am

Rebecca, your blog post is such a wonderful companion piece to mine (and Lorin’s, Julia’s and Kristen’s)… I love the specifics of it.

So difficult to act, yet so simple. wow.


Whitney Ferre' November 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Starla! Thank you for this blog! So motivating. Here is a link to my blog post about ACTION! Go, ladies! Whitney


Starla J. King November 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

loving this, Whitney!!! A few days later, and we’re still in action, yes???


Camille Gaines November 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I love the kitty photo and the forward movement thought! Thanks for inspiring me!


Starla J. King November 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Camille, wonderful to see you here! yes, that kitty is mine. not good to have around when I need to be in ACTION. 🙂


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