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Action Will Define You

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

– Thomas Jefferson

I came across this simple quote today by Thomas Jefferson and it made me think for a moment. I think most of us are always in pursuit of self-awareness and just better understanding exactly who we are so we can better live our lives and improve ourselves. But instead of looking at your personality, thoughts, emotions, etc., this quote by Thomas Jefferson encourages us to look at our actions to know ourselves. If you’re a motivated go-getter or want to be eventually, you will or must act in that way. You can’t be successful and not have successful actions on a daily basis. It comes  down to the cliche, “Let your actions speak louder than your words.”

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”

― William Hutchison Murray