Joel Spitzer gives his take on thoughts and actions. Thinking about quitting smoking and taking the action to not smoke today are two different things.
Similar to his idea of actions doing more to stop something that harms you, doing something positive can impact your thoughts and words. Today, I went to yoga class. Our instructor told us to consider how this yoga practice will influence our words and thoughts.
When developing your personal philosophy, you may have it backwards if you are considering thoughts then words then actions.