Living In Action in a World of Walking Dead

“Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

I don’t kid myself. I am aware that I haven’t reached a level of success that western society deems successful. What I do know is that I wake up happy every morning, I do what I want to do, and I work hard towards my goals. (Even when you guys aren’t looking. 😉)

Here’s the thing: I’m trusting in my actions. Success for me is not a matter of if but rather when. I’m dreaming big folks, and I’m following that with action, a game plan, and adaptable tactics.

Lethargy is everywhere and the prescription is a dark warm bitch we called coffee. So, the question is this: are you tired or are you tired of your life?

Here’s a rule of thumb I always use: If someone is honestly tired they say they are exhausted. If someone says they are tired, then they are unhappy and unwilling to be honest with themselves.

So, here’s the question: why the fuck did you give up on yourself?

Taking action is hard, but action towards what you love is hardly hard work.

We only procrastinate on the things we truly want to succeed. How can I say that with conviction? Because if we didn’t honestly want to do it, it would pass from our minds and we would forget about it.

So, behind our laziness, our inaction, and our procrastination is what we truly love. I know from personal experience that it can be hard to remember what exactly what it is that makes me happiest. The same might be true for you right now.

Our love for what we want to do is simply hidden behind a different emotion: fear.

The only way to ease our fear and be truly happy is to acknowledge our fear and look deeply at its source. Instead of trying to escape from our fear, we can invite it up to our awareness and look at it clearly and deeply.

Thich Nhat Hanh

How do we move beyond our fear and into action?

Confront your fear with movement

I don’t believe there is any true secret to overcoming fear. You simply get over fear by deciding to push through it. I completely understand that it is scary. Of course it is. But a brave person is a person who pushes through their fear and goes after what they truly desire.

I want you to be brave. You don’t have to do it with some crazy act of devotion. I don’t want you to tell the world and then sit on your ass and do nothing. No, I want you to do this: take action. Take action today.

Develop the Habit of Action. Start small, not big.

Habits take time to develop. According to James Clear, writer of the New York Best Seller: Atomic Habits and a prominent thought leader on the formation of habit building, “On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact.” Here’s the full article by James Clear.

This isn’t any mumbo-jumbo either. This is backed by science folks. And, to be honest, all of his material is well worth digesting and eating at least once a month.

I want you to do one thing that you truly love for 15 minutes (minimum) each day for 66 days. LIKE FUCKING DO IT!

I would like you to share what it is you are going to dedicate to over the next 66 days. Either send it to me via email at: austin@pointsofconnection.com, post it as a comment below, or privately DM me on my Facebook.

I want to give you some encouragement and some support!

Here’s what will happen if you dedicate 15 minutes to an action for the next 66 days.

Habits become second nature, and over time you will start to see amazing results.

Two years ago I weighted 145lbs. I am 6 foot minus 1 inch (so, let’s be honest, 5’11” 😉) I used to lie to people and tell them I was 155lbs. You know why? Because I was embarrassed. I decided to change that. I decided to push into my fear of weight rooms and I went to the gym.

5 days a week.

An hour and a half each day.

For two years.

No excuses.

And, you know what, I am so happy that I did. I now weight 170lbs, and I fucking love my body. I feel stronger, healthier, and I have a shit ton more energy than I used to. Now, I don’t even have to think about going to the gym. It’s second nature.

From that habit, I have built more habits. Even this writing is a habit. I am writing two articles a week for a year. I would bet you good money that I will continue because I understand the value of action. Do you?

Here’s why you should take action on your dreams today.

Regardless of your belief system, one day you will die. Here’s the catch, you don’t know when and you probably don’t know how.

If I told you that you would die in 6 months, you would probably live your life very differently than you do today. You can use this as an exercise. Sit down, meditate, and ask yourself, “If I were to die in 6 months, what would I want to do?”

Does the answer kind of scare you? Good. It means you already know what you love. Time to take action.

Know that I cannot make you do anything. As a matter of fact, I don’t even want to.

I believe strongly in you and your ability to choose the life you want to live. You will and always will know what is best for your life. 🙏💙 All I ask is that you are honest with yourself.

It is my hope that you choose to be someone of action. It is my hope that you become someone who brings color into our world. It is my hope that you help rather than take. It is my hope that you understand that it is your human right to be happy, and that you do deserve great and amazing things to happen to you.

Here’s the catch: nothing is free. You have to put in the work.

With love, as always,
Austin

Austin Hunt

Meet the Author:
Austin Hunt

Austin is the lead writer and creator of Points of Connection. He's been studying dating, relationships, and how to build authentic intimacy for over 9 years now. You can find him sipping away at a cup of coffee at a local shop making friends with the stranger next to him.