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We usually associate Eastern philosophy with a contemplative approach to life.  But Gregg Krech’s new book, “The Art of Taking Action”, addresses the other side of the equation – the active side of life.  This powerful resource provides a wealth of inspiration and guidance for those of us who struggle to do what we need to do.   Filled with pragmatic strategies for addressing our common human tendency to procrastinate, it is an invaluable guide for those who want to make the most of their “thirty thousand days”. 

Gregg Krech is the author of several books, including A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness and the award-winning Naikan:  Gratitude, Grace & the Japanese Art of Self-Refection

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"This book is a gem of wisdom gathered from ancient to modern times.  It tells us that taking action is an art.  If you want to be the artist of your life, this book is for you!"Sue Cole

"Yoda would like Gregg Krech's "Taking Action." Its "Don't prepare, just begin" message is deceptively simple, and immensely powerful.  I wish every parent, teacher, coach and manager would send its message to every child, student, athlete, or employee they ever encounter!" - Damian V. Rinaldi



Morita Therapy offers principles and practices that address procrastination head on. We have developed a rich collection of resources that can help, related to the following themes: clarifying purpose, coexisting with feelings, distinguishing between important and urgent, goals and priorities, self-discipline, getting started, taking risks, how we change, accomplishments, obstacles, taking action, and breaking habits. We invite you to explore our site and begin to live the life you dream of living.

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"Give up on yourself. Begin taking action now, while being neurotic or imperfect, or a procrastinator or unhealthy or lazy or any other label by which you inaccurately describe yourself. Go ahead and be the best imperfect person you can be and get started on those things you want to accomplish before you die." -- Shoma Morita, MD

“Nearly everyone I know (including me) believes they should be more self-disciplined. And one very simple definition of self-discipline is “doing what you know you need to do.” This is where Morita therapy can be very helpful, because it eliminates the complexity of trying to get your feelings/thoughts in sync with your actions. How do you feel when you get out of bed in the morning? I almost always feel tired, lethargic, heavy, sluggish. When I get out of bed (usually around 5:30am) I virtually never feel energetic and raring to go! But I take my feelings of tiredness and sluggishness with me as I leave my bed and walk to the bathroom. This is what Morita therapy is trying to teach us – to take our unpleasant feelings with us as we do what is important to do. Rather than allow our lives to be directed by our feelings, we are guided by the important purposes that present themselves as we move forward. Feelings don’t get discarded, but neither do they run the show." -- Gregg Krech

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Japanese Psychology and Purposeful Living

Spinning wheel needs to stop procrastinating and take action now.

Procrastination Disguised as Busyness

In this article, Gregg Krech writes about how we sometimes avoid doing what needs to be done by distracting ourselves with "busyness." He writes, "We keep busy, convincing ourselves that we are productive and hard working. Our failure to do what is important is disguised as busyness."
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Dozing man is procrastinating

Facing the Demons of Inaction:
Morita Therapy as a Resource for Moving Forward

In this article, Gregg Krech draws on personal experience to illustrate how Morita Therapy can be utilized to coexist with fear, anxiety, indecision, and perfectionism and allow one to overcome procrastination and get things done.
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When Plans and Reality Collide: The Tale of Victoria’s Garden

Although the garden that Victoria tends today holds great meaning for her and others, the process of creating it was far different from what she had envisioned. At a critical point, despite her transcendent vision, she is forced to redesign her plan to meet the changing circumstances of the situation. Life rarely conforms to our plans for the future, at which point we must overcome procrastination and attachment to our ideas and meet the needs of the situation.
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Editorial: The Responsibility for What We Do Not Do

We fool ourselves into thinking we are living a life of integrity simply because we lack a culpable action. Though our culpability is invisible, we still must accept responsibility for what we do not do--particularly when we know, in our hearts, that something must be done, must be said. Whether out of fear or just plain procrastination, we must accept responsibility for what we do not do.
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Defeating the Demons of Inaction: Indecision

From The Concise Little Guide to Getting Things Done

When we are confronted by indecision, we need to move forward despite our doubts or confusion. We need to move forward, even if we’re only taking small steps. Those steps, regardless of which direction they go in, are likely to give us new information and experience. Our actions send ripples into the world. The situation may change or reveal itself in a new way once we have moved to a new vantage point.
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The Stress of Not Getting Things Done

From The Concise Little Guide to Getting Things Done

There is no substitute for “accepting my feelings” (of laziness or boredom, or anxiety, or whatever happens to appear), “knowing my purpose” and then “DOING IT.” My stress is relieved almost from the moment I start, and I go to bed that night often satisfied at my ability to overcome my tendency towards procrastination and accomplish my goals.
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Purpose is Responding to What Needs to Be Done

As I continued to apply what I learned, I gained a new perspective on the meaning of purpose. It was no longer confined to “what I would really LIKE to do with my life,” or “what SHOULD I be doing with my life” but rather it became much broader, more inclusive, and more immediate like “what needs doing now?” This new meaning demanded that I pay attention to my surroundings and notice the ripple effects of my actions as well as my tendency to procrastinate and put things off.
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Just Doing It

I spent very little time [with my students] dealing with the murky causes of procrastination. We approached the problem from the standpoint of what we can control (behavior) and what we cannot (feelings) based on a method of Japanese psychology called Morita therapy.
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Take the Next Step...and See What Happens

Unless I take the first action step, the journey doesn’t begin.... In reality, all I need [to be a writer] is a ballpoint pen and a place mat or the back of a dry cleaning receipt... and the faith to stop procrastinating and take that first step in crafting an essay or article.
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Seven Strategies for Taking Action When You Don’t Feel Like It

Usually getting stuck involves a set of feelings which acts like mud locked around our [automobiles’] wheels. Such feelings include confusion, boredom, fear, anxiety, depression, dislike of the task, or laziness. When we find that we’re stuck, we’re faced with the challenge of getting unstuck and taking action. Morita Therapy and Naikan are two methods of Japanese psychology which offer specific methods and strategies for getting out of the mud.... Here are seven strategies that might help you end procrastination and take action the next time you find yourself stuck....
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“To control our destiny, we need to harness our will, to do not what we like, but what is in our long-term best interest. If the will is strong enough, anything can be accomplished; if the will is weak, very little. In every endeavor, it is the man or woman with an unbreakable will who excels.”
Eknath Easwaran

One Small Step Can Change Your Life

Book One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer, Ph.D.

by Robert Maurer, Ph.D.

This book may help you devote just 30 seconds to a new habit or skill, for example, something you might ordinarily consider to be trivial or even silly. Maurer helps us to recognize the power inherent in these humble efforts. Start the ball rolling on a path of small steps and you may be shocked to see where it leads.

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Thirty Thousand Days

Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living

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