Danny Anderson: Action is the Real Measure of Intelligence

From our moment of birth we are expected to make progress in reasonable time. If fact, if we don’t people get concerned, very concerned! And they should, because a lack of progress means something is terribly wrong. We are to be growing and maturing from the very start and continue to make progress in our adult years. But so few people do. Why? Well, for starters we don’t have a clear picture of the progress we want to make. We are unclear on what skill we need to develop, what language we need to learn, or the bad habit that needs to be overcome. If we want to make progress we must first get clear on the change we need to make. This gives us a target to shoot for.

But what comes next? Even those who know the changes that need to be made struggle mightily to make them. Few people change.

The main reason we fail to make progress is because we fail to take the necessary action. Struggling couples don’t learn the relational skills needed to overcome theirs squabbles. Addicts don’t go to their AA meetings or do their readings. People who are overweight don’t put themselves on the right eating plan or they don’t stick to it. We don’t pray or read the scripture. Change always requires action. If you want to get different results we must take different actions. People who make significant progress as the years go by are action-oriented. Jack Canfield, the famed author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series wrote, “Nothing happens until you take action.”

Action is the evidence that you have really made a decision to change. Action proves that you have more than good intentions! Tony Robbins put it this way,

A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.

The harsh reality is that EVERYONE has good intentions, but FEW people make progress.

If you want to be among the few who make significant progress as the years pass, if you want to be somewhere different financially, relationally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually you must take action. Napoleon Hill said, “Action is the real measure of intelligence.” Ouch!

Where do you need to make progress?

What actions do you need to take in order to make progress?


Danny Anderson is the Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Church located south of Indianapolis. Danny has hands-on experience in transitioning a church, creating and casting a new vision, simplifying programs, building teams, and launching new campuses. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Jackie, his sons Andrew and Beau, and his daughter Ruby.