What is the right action? How do we know the things we’re doing are right or wrong? If you’re in a situation, and you take a particular step, how do you know whatever you’re doing is right?
It depends on the situation, so let’s discuss what we’re doing exactly in a real scenario. How do we know what decision to make? Let’s analyse it.
Say that you’ve come into a situation or encountered a problem. In that situation, what is the right action to take? We have lots of choices; to act or not to act? Should we act this way or that way?
Now the question is: on what basis should a person take action? You’ll act based on your prior knowledge, your memory, and your understanding of that particular situation at that point in time. You can’t act out what you don’t know. You couldn’t act out the unknown even if you wanted to because you need knowledge and experience.
Until you understand the situation, you won’t act. Your understanding may be right or wrong – that doesn’t matter. The point is that it’s not hard to figure out that your knowledge and past experience are right. Even though your mind will work according to your previous experiences, you have to make sure you get the facts of your current situation and understand the truth behind it because every situation/problem is different, even if it seems familiar to one you’ve encountered before.
Your decision should be based on reality, not based on illusion or theory. You should only base it on practical reality. Reality is that which can be verified and tested again and again. In other words, it must be proven fact. When all of our decisions are based on reality and fact, there aren’t any problems.
Say, for example, that you have to learn driving. You know all the rules and regulations that clearly outline the process to follow to be a better driver. It’s a proven way to learn. You can’t say that you’ll drive on the wrong side. Obviously, you’ll get into an accident.
Now on the basis of reality, let’s assume you analyse the situation and make a decision you think is right, but the outcome ends up being wrong. You’d be left saying “I’ve done everything I can to make the right decision! How come it went wrong?”
That’s what the law of nature is; the outcome is out of our hands. Again, you have to once again analyse the situation on a factual basis because the situation has changed, and just like last time, you’re hoping for the right outcome.
The definition of the “right action” changes every moment. The situation changes every moment. The challenge in business is that you never know if what you’re doing is right or wrong. Only doing it matters, and doing it based on reality. When there’s no conflict with yourself and your surroundings, that means you’re taking the right action.
The right understanding inevitably leads to the right action.