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Thought vs. Action: Which Matters Most?

A hand and a brain on a yellow background representing the interplay between thought and action.

If you’ve been working to understand how to use The Law of Attraction, you may have spent some time thinking about whether it’s the power of action or the power of thought that is most important. For example, some people say that action is what matters; we need to go out into the world, work hard and get results.

Alternatively, others will claim that we need to be more attuned to the power of thought, and point to scientific studies that support this approach. So, should you prioritize action, or prioritize thought? Here are the key facts you need to know.

The Power of Action

Let’s think about action to start with. Consider your goal, whether it’s romance, financial abundance, or career advancement. Most people who want a great career have received the message that it’s something to earn by putting one’s nose to the grindstone.

For example, you might take on more clients, start new training courses, or devote more energy to your networking endeavors. And if you’re looking for love, you might sign up to dating sites, go to events for singles, and think about how you can get a makeover that might make you seem more attractive to a potential partner.


Are these the right or wrong types of paths to success in romance and in your career? That’s not really the most helpful question to ask; the above examples might outline the right ways for some people to develop their careers and love lives, and yet it may not work at all for others. This is because the outcome hinges less on what action you take than on what feelings you have about the action.

What you feel when you take action has a strong impact on your vibration and your intentions—and these are the things to which the universe around you is constantly responding.

As such, those who rely on action to achieve their goals must ensure that those actions naturally elicit positive feelings. Otherwise, there’s every possibility that taking action won’t get good results at all.

The Power of Thought

Now, let’s consider the other perspective—the one that prioritizes thought over action. Can you really get everything you want just by relying on your innate vibration, or your own thoughts?

If you look closely at the central claims made by Law of Attraction proponents, you’ll see that it may well be possible to achieve your dreams just by believing they are real (because the brain doesn’t know the difference between reality and the imagination, and truly believing in something draws it towards us).

While this sounds lovely and may be true, we’re told from a very young age that we must take action and that just sitting on our backsides and believing in something just isn’t enough to make it happen.

Unfortunately, the Law of Attraction teaches that if we can’t trust in our ability to manifest things without taking action, we’re highly unlikely to be able to do so—most of us just feel too skeptical about the idea of thinking things into existence.

At this point, it looks like neither thought nor action is sufficient for achieving goals. Consequently, the natural step is to combine them. (Have a look at our free LOA toolkit. It can help you manifest your dreams more effectively.)

Combining Action and Thought


While initial encounters with the Law of Attraction might make you think that action really has very little place in success, it’s smart to take a more moderate approach.

Yes, your intentions and your unique vibration play a huge role in what you attract, but if you struggle to believe that this is enough then you’ll really need to take decisive action as well. When you do so, thought and action can work together in harmony to help you achieve your dreams.

In short, if you combine the amazing power of thought with your conviction that action moves you towards your goals, you are most likely to really believe that you can get what you want from life. You’ll vibrate on a more creative frequency, and your continued success will create a positive feedback loop between your thoughts and your actions.

An important lesson here is that we’ve got it all backward much of the time when we think about our dreams! We tend to assume we need to work out what to do to get what we want, focusing on an action—but if we do this without checking in on our feelings, we can end up creating obstacles for ourselves and feeling frustrated by a lack of results.

We are much more likely to be happy and constantly growing if we think good thoughts and feel positive feelings before taking the kinds of actions that keep those feelings going. So, at the end of the day, it’s both good thoughts and inspired action that will really propel you towards manifesting the things you desire!


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Katherine Hurst
By Katherine Hurst
Katherine Hurst, is a Law of Attraction expert, best-selling author, workshop leader, educator, and award-winning blogger on psychology, life design, structured thinking and emotional wellbeing.

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