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The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology Paperback – October 30, 2014
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The Art of Taking Action is a practical and inspiring book on cultivating an active, purposeful life. In the world of daily responsibilities to family, work and community, it's a useful and guide to moving forward actively and gratefully and brings balance to contemplative practice.
In The Art of Taking Action, Gregg Krech has created a set of cables for jump starting projects of any size. And once the project is on the road, Krech uses wit and timeless spiritual wisdom to provide a map for the entire journey.
In "The Art of Taking Action," Gregg Krech has not just pointed out the importance of action to our lives, but formulated a system for deciding what truly "should be done" and then overcoming the obstacles that get in the way of following through. Happily, Krech not only has a grasp on what it takes to get going and keep going, he also has a gift for making Japanese wisdom both accessible and interesting to read.
About the Author
Gregg Krech is one of the leading authorities on Japanese Psychology in North America and is the founding Director of the ToDo Institute, an educational center for purposeful living in Vermont. He is the author of the award-winning book: Naikan: Gratitude, Grace & the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection (Stone Bridge Press, 2002), which has been translated into five languages, and the editor of Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living. His work has been featured in a wide range of publications including a feature interview in THE SUN magazine, as well as articles in Tricycle, SELF, Utne Reader, Fitness, Counseling Today, Cosmopolitan and Experience Life. Gregg presents to diverse audiences ranging from mental health professionals to Zen practitioners throughout the world. He has been a featured speaker at national conferences on Buddhist Psychology, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Attention Deficit Disorder. His other books include A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness (ToDo Institute, 2011), and A Finger Pointing to the Moon (ToDo Institute, 1996, 2007). Through his books, distance learning courses and residential retreats Gregg has introduced thousands of people to an approach to life that emphasizes character development over symptom reduction, and continues to point people towards doing something meaningful with their life in spite of their limitations and problems. He currently lives in residence at the ToDo Institute in Vermont with his family, and their Golden Retriever, Barley.
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We often do things that we think are preparing us to move forward when in fact they are things that help us avoid taking action. “Talking about what you need to do, researching your options, making a plan – these can all be effective strategies for avoiding what needs doing.”
Gregg Krech, author of The Art of Taking Action, explores a number of different approaches that will help us defeat our tendency to procrastinate. Mr. Krech comes from a meditative background – his approach is largely based on the Morita Therapy approach – “When we stop trying to escape from things as they are, we can move forward and live in a more natural and meaningful way.” Acceptance is the first step.
When we experience discomfort, we often default to: avoidance, resignation or complaining, none of those strategies actually help us move forward. By accepting our thoughts and feelings we can move forward and accomplish our goals in life.
Mr. Krech writes in a conversational, easy to understand style. He often uses real world examples to illustrate his points. There are several essays by guest authors included in the book. Each chapter is generally introduced by a quote from an Eastern philosopher.
One of the key chapters of the book deals with Inaction – Deciding is Not Doing. Too often we decide on a course of action and then relax. “But we should not confuse deciding with acting.” Until we take constructive action, we have not changed reality.
“Don’t prepare. Begin” should be a mantra we all keep in front of us. “Start before you are ready.” Is another great idea to keep us taking action, moving forward.
There are some good but rather simple points that if acted on will help anyone become better at taking action. Ideas do not count – only action.
If you can develop “the capacity to make decisions based on purpose rather than feeling” you will be well on your way to mastering the art of taking action.
If is easy to convince yourself that reading the book will improve your ability to take action. Taking action is what will improve your ability to take action. So read the book and learn the tips and techniques – then apply them.
There is more in the Zen philosophy about being 'present', i.e. without distraction of where you are that was also moving, but not as useful for me to get over the reluctance to get moving that burn-out and boredom tends to bring. But it has left an impression upon me about how important focus is.