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President's Message: When Does Thinking Become Action?

By Jody A. Cameron, CT State Grange President

  AUGUST 6, 2014 --

We all have said, "That gives me a lot to think about" and "let me think on that."   What does it take to go from thought to action?  For most people it is different.  Some grab a hold of a thought, idea or concept and just run with it, a bull in a china closet if you will.  Others are far more detail oriented and need the facts and figures prior to developing an action plan; and then there are those who are just content to think, to dream and to wonder. We need all of these types to successfully launch an idea or concept.  Each of these also comes with certain risks.  The person who just “runs with it” may not take all of the risks and rewards into consideration prior to moving forward. The person who requires all details may miss the opportunity as they can sometimes get bogged down in the weeds; and the person who is a dreamer sometimes never gets to the action part.  

What is the trigger for you to act?  Many people find their comfort zone and like to stay there.  If nothing had to change that is all the better for them, so coming to the decision to act is very, very slow.  These people many times live in the past and continually remind of how things used to be all the while wishing they could be as robust today as they where back then.  Not much happens progressively here.  For the other styles action comes quicker, the detailed oriented person will come to action but it will be later than our bull in the china closet and their action plan will be very calculated.  

So, who are you and how do you impact action.  It takes all three of these types to develop and implement and effect action plan, you definitely need a dreamer, someone who can see the big grand picture, you definitely need the detailed organizer and you will get nowhere without the go-getter.  Each of these brings their own uniqueness to the project and each compliments the others, sometimes butting heads, but constructive conflict is healthy as long as everyone has a mutual respect for each other and has a shared interest in the goal. 

So, when does thinking become ACTION?


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