In all my years of studying people and how they function, I believe one of the least understood area is that of thinking vs. action.
Sigmund Freud knew a great deal about this area, and he proved it when he wrote, "Denken ist probearbeit." Translated, this means "Thinking is rehearsing."
In therapy, as investing, people do a lot of thinking. A man goes to a psychoanalyst three times a week for five years. In those five years he talks and talks and dreams about his problems. At the end of the five years he may be surprised to note that not much has changed.
Why has so little changed? Simple, thinking doesn't change anything (with the possible exception of the way you think). No, change is brought about not by thinking (rehearsing) but by ACTION.
For instance, I thought about quitting smoking for 18 years. I thought about my being hooked, I ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.