We can have a thought that we really need to get fit and work out with more energy. That’s a thought. Many people have that thought. But when it comes to actually doing something about it, they get other thoughts: “My knee hurts, it’s raining, it’s boring, I’ll run into ____ and they annoy me, I’m too old for this, I’m not cut out for this. . . .“ And so we stay home and play on the computer or binge watch something that will get our mind off of the thought of getting fit.
So I don’t put too much credence in thoughts. I need to see what a person does. However, on a deeper level, all action originates in thought. First we see the dirt path. We imagine how good it would look paved. Then we set the whole road-building activity in motion. In this sense the thought does count, but only as an initiator for action. It all began with a thought but it would have died if no one carried it out. The road would remain rocky and unpaved.
We can also have destructive thoughts and act on them, so acting on our thoughts alone is not always a good thing. People whose fears cause them to hate others because they belong to a certain group think its a good idea to act out their thoughts. They are the ones who righteously kill and enslave others base on a thought that they were superior or that others need to be stamped out.