If you reflect on your self-talk, you will conclude that your thoughts often involve past experiences or future visions. However, what you actually do is often done habitually and/or nonconsciously.
Taking action is a current activity—not a past or future one. In addition, action requires more than thought. For example, if there are three frogs on a lily pond and one decides to jump, you may conclude—in error—that there would be two frogs left. However, deciding to jump is not the same as jumping. In this situation, three frogs would still be left.
More than thinking about the past or the future, it is thinking about the present and taking action in the present that leads to responsible behavior.