In the “Limiting Version” column you’ll explore Action in terms of how certain MindStories lead to certain actions or inactions. Often a person doesn’t realize, for example, that procrastination about writing a book is caused by fear of failure. This can help her transform procrastination at the root cause, instead of thinking it’s just laziness and therefore trying to change it via will power alone.
In the “Empowering Version” the Action Section helps a person see that empowering MindStories lead to better actions or inactions. For example, once they’ve turned around a fear of failure, then they can usually see themselves stopping the distracting activities and starting to get focused on the book. In other words, the Action sections in Step C and D are about broad, overall actions or inactions as in “Working on the book regularly” and “quitting my volunteer job”.
In contrast, the “Specific Next Actions” are designed to break down what you wrote in the Empowering Action section. “Working on the book regularly” is then broken down into easy-to-implement, small steps. For example, 1. Schedule writing time in calendar. 2. Brainstorm on Content 3. Organize and Create Theme 4. Outline 5. Chapter 1.