The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology

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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.”

Drawing on Buddhism, Japanese Psychology, Zen, Yoga, and Martial Arts, this isn’t just another “how to get things done” book. It’s about how you do what you do, and the impact that your action (and inaction) has on the world. Sample themes from the book include: Overcome by Going Around, Non-attachment – Effort and Outcomes, Procrastination Disguised as Busyness, Working with the Conditions We Encounter, Impermanence and Legos, and more. If you are ready for some “movement” in your life, and want to go beyond simply checking items of your to do list, then this book is just what you need.

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Gregg Krech

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238 Pages


ToDo Institute

4 reviews for The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology

  1. Yoshinori Sato

    The Art of Taking Action is a book full of inspiration and practical advice to overcome obstacles in life that prevent us from taking actions. We, as human beings, constantly struggle to move forward in life, not always due to our physical limitations but because of those barriers that are psychological in nature. As the book explains, fear, perfectionism, boredom, indecision, and procrastination, are some of the reasons we fail to take necessary actions in our life. This book, using key principles from Japanese psychology (including Morita, Naikan, and Kaizen), teaches us very practical methods to overcome those barriers so we can “do what needs to be done in life.”

  2. ByRyan M Jones

    This book warrants my first review after years of reading books on Amazon. I’ve read many self-improvement books, and this book has made the most tremendous impact on me. Its primary concept is so simple yet so powerful: do what needs to be done regardless of how you feel – take action according to the needs of a situation, not according to the needs of your emotional state.

  3. ByLars Lentz

    So well written, this book caused me to look at my life and realize that my life is not a to do list. I am routinely overwhelmed and naturally an anxious person. By giving me a different set of tools, this book has given me hope to overcome my own paralysis and inaction from being overwhelmed. Amazing how just thinking a bit differently can make all the difference. Highly recommended.

  4. sharon rosman

    Another FANTASTIC book by Gregg Krech! There were so many pearls of wisdom in this book, that it would take all day to write about them. . . .Definitely buy this book, and buy a copy for a friend or loved one. You won’t be disappointed.

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