“The law of nature is, do the thing, and you shall have the power: but they who do not the thing have not the power.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The work itself will teach you.” Old Estonian Proverb
“Do the thing, and you shall have the power”—how energizing and liberating this is! What a simple strategy for success!
Our boy Ralph isn’t talking about power in the classic sense of exerting power over others. That’s the way the world works, but Ralph has something deeper in mind. He’s talking about harnessing the power inside you—your inner strength and potential.
It’s this inner power we need to tap into if we’re going to move our ideas from our minds into reality.
“Do the thing, and you shall have the power.”
Think about this for a moment and you’ll see that this statement turns the way most of us operate on its head.
Most of us—and that includes me!— think that once we have the power, then we’ll do whatever we want to do. Once we have enough time or enough skill or enough energy—or whatever “thing” we think we need, then power will flow from it.
But Ralph is saying something vey different. He’s saying that once we take action—once we begin doing—then we unleash the power inside us. In a nutshell, our innate power and strength flow from the act of doing.
The bottom line? If we wait until we have the power before we act, we’ll probably wait forever. But once we take the leap, once we step beyond thinking into action, our inner power is ignited.
What an exciting idea! Just think about it:
We have the power inside us to make our dreams come true.
We don’t have to know everything to get started on a project.
We don’t have to feel that we’re unequal to the task we’ve set ourselves.
We’re not hostage to circumstances—our inner power is all we need.
Taking action takes courage. It takes intention and focus. But when we act, the power we need comes to us. What a gift as we all write on!
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