Every day you wake up is another day with problems to solve, things to accomplish, and goals to achieve. While you can spend months or years pondering what to do, there's one answer that encompasses them all: take action.
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As The Art of Manliness discusses in its series on Winston Churchill, action is necessary to accomplish anything. While it sounds obvious, we're all often tempted to do nothing or to wait for the right moment. Waiting for the right moment to take certain actions can be prudent. But waiting for something to come to you will result in nothing happening. Some action must be taken today. And some action must be taken every day:
Churchill's action-oriented philosophy is what helped turn the tide of the war. As Manchester writes, Winston understood that victory could only be won "by the vigorous exercise of his imagination and the imposition of his will by the only means he knew -- action, action this day, action every day." When Churchill first took the reins of the government, his energy absolutely electrified its headquarters and transformed an operation that had formerly been languishing and listless.
The site goes on to explain how Churchill would divide any task into one of two categories: Action This Day, or Report In Three Days. A similar approach can work for nearly everything in your life. Either you can do something on a task -- even a small amount -- today, or you can return to it later. But no matter what, take some action towards your goals every day if you ever want to make progress getting there.
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