The Myth of Massive Action

    Do you believe that life is a numbers game? That success is a matter of massive action? If so, you may be setting yourself up for a massive coronary. Sorry to be so blunt, but the message of massive action is driving a culture of over-building, over-stimulation, and emotional overwhelm. As an anti-dote, there’s an alternative outlook that I find much more effective and inspiring—skillful action.

    Skillful action is doing just the right action, in the right way, and the right amount, at the right time. What that means is more paying attention and more discernment. It means less wasted energy, effort, and resources. It means quieting down to be able to see what is appropriate and best for all concerned.

    Our world is reaping the results of a mindset of massive action. We’re learning that “more and bigger” is not always better—whether it is more profits, personal success, or power. There are actually optimal sizes for most things, including populations, governments, companies, organizations, families, homes, cars, and so on. Beyond that there is waste, inefficiency, and corruption.

    What actually works best is attention to quality, conservation, cooperation, and sustainability. In the end, these are not only more effective, they also give us what we’re truly looking for—more connection to our deeper selves, to each other, and to the greater web of Life.

    It takes a calm clear focus to cut through the clutter to understand the skillful action that is in the best for all. That action may be different from what we’ve been led to believe.


    Kevin Schoeninger

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