Cause begets consequence.
Sowing begets reaping.
Action begets reaction.
Law of Compensation.
However, what precedes cause, sowing, and action, is a power in our complete control - thought.
It's the thinking that initiates the cause, sowing, or action. The consequences, reaping, or reactions simply follow likewise, by natural laws.
If our thoughts are the origin of every situation and environment in our lives, then why do we spend so little time dedicated to this one activity that determines all our results in life?
Industry leaders have sworn by it - many attribute their success to this one habitual activity.
That's the one thing I wish they taught in schools and colleges - to dedicate a small part of our day to exclusively thinking on our most pressing questions and creative intents in life.
Our Thinking should explore various perspectives:
Strategic, long-term purpose and vision for life
Strategic, high-level, 30,000-feet view of our career-path or profession
Researching emerging market trends and technologies in our occupational realm
Questioning our, mostly inherited, assumptions in career and life
Finding high-impact activities - the 20% that create the 80% results (Pareto principle)
Evaluating key realms of life – Health, Mindset, Career, Financial, and Family / Social
Planning our next day(s)
The one self-development action you can take that will radically impact all others is ensuring regular and exclusive Thinking Time in your calendar.
Schedule a regular Thinking Time in your calendar each day or few times a week
Dedicate a quiet closed room or spot away from distractions
Create a list of the most pressing career and problems and address 1 question at a time exhaustively
Think with writing – Assess, evaluate, compare pros and cons of options, and prioritise long-term solutions
I'd recommend reading or hearing 'How Successful People Think' by John C. Maxwell … hear his 3.5-hr full audiobook or 9-mins audio summary.