Results are achieved only by being in action and not just being in motion. Being in motion involves thinking and planning, while being in action involves implementation.
Just recently, I was having an overwhelming day up until evening. Thoughts were flooding my mind and my body was slowing down. I got into motion — started thinking of what I could do to change this and avoid feeling this way. Nothing changed at that moment.
This was the time I usually get some exercise, go for a run, or dance to some music. With my brother holding me accountable, I pushed myself to do it. I changed my physical state by dancing and doing some basic exercises for about half an hour. I started feeling energized, free, and powerful once again.
This happens to me with the writing process as well. I either experience a lack of clarity on what to write about or procrastination about actually writing. But I tell you, the moment I open an empty doc file and plug in my earphones, magic happens. Even though I face writer’s block or some resistance to writing, I persist and eventually publish my newsletter.
There are more benefits to being in action than being in motion. Being in motion is more about preparation while being in action is actually practicing it — the only way we can obtain results.
Motion is necessary. But only to the point of having an idea to work on.
We feel more alive and connected to the world when we are actually out of our heads. There is physical movement involved and this gives us clarity as we carry out the action. We enter into a state of flow — where all the magic happens.
Your actions reveal how badly you want something. If you keep saying something is a priority but you never act on it, then you don't really want it. It's time to have an honest conversation with yourself. Your actions reveal your true motivations.
— James Clear
Here’s an article that might help with further understanding of the topic.
So true.... But one should be able to know the right action too, to see the expected results or else you would feel stagnant inspite of being in action.