Your dream will change your daily actions and take you to places that you have never seen or considered before. – John Di Lemme
Joel Barker said “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” I agree with him. There is plenty of room at the top because far too often people lack the ability to get things done, to get results.
Excellent ideas are not enough – they require execution. The successful are action-oriented people. They are doers. However, the just average, the mediocre, the unsuccessful are passive. They lack the ability to discipline and train their thinking in a way that regulates their actions.
How important is your vision/deepest desire? Steve Job says “If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” If what he says is true then our deepest desires should propel us into action. We should start seeing it consume us, regulating our daily actions to move us closer to our goals. If at this point, we are not being pulled by our vision then the question becomes is it exciting to us to achieve it? Do we really care about achieving it?
If the answer is yes to both questions and we’re not taking daily consistent actions towards our goals. Then we need to revisit the posts “Day 24 – Sell Yourself First”, “Day 13 – I Write the Program”, “Day 9 – Act or Accept”, and “Do You Really Want It?” because our desire hasn’t transformed into a definite purpose yet.
Action oriented people get the things done they want done, and as by-products they gain confidence, a feeling of inner security, self-reliance, and more income. Passive oriented people don’t get things done they want done because they won’t act. As by-products they lose confidence in themselves, destroy their self-reliance, and live in mediocrity.
I believe we all want to be action oriented people. So let’s get the action habit! There are several stumbling blocks to taking action that we need to be aware of and overcome. And they are as follows:
- Don’t wait until conditions are perfect. They never will be. So to wait for the perfect set of conditions is to wait forever. Expect future obstacles and difficulties and solve them as they arise. Dr Schwartz hit the nail on the head when he said “The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise. We must be willing to make an intelligent compromise with perfection lest we wait forever before taking action. It’s still good advice to cross bridges as we come to them.”
2. Think in terms of now. Tomorrow, next week, later and similar words often are synonymous with the failure word never. Be an “I’m starting right now” kind of person. There is no time like the present. Why put off until tomorrow what we can do today? Be like the Nike slogan……”JUST DO IT!” Remember oftentimes the stopping is the starting.
3. Be someone who get things done. Be a doer, not a “don’t-er”. Use action to cure fear and gain confidence. Do what you fear and fear disappears. Just try it and see. Seize the initiative. Be a crusader. Pick up the ball and run. Be a volunteer. Show that you have the ability and ambition to do. Remember ideas alone won’t bring success. Ideas have value only when you act upon them.
4. Jump right in and get going. Rather than think about the unpleasant feature of the task, jump right in and get going without a lot of deliberation. The stopping is in the starting and the only way to start is to start! Don’t wait for the spirit to move you. Take action, dig in, and you move the spirit. Get down to business–pronto! Don’t waste time getting ready to act. Start acting instead.
I invite you to join me in adopting this motto….”I’ll start now, right now.”