Do you spend all of your free time reading and gathering information? Are you a self-help junkie that never seems to make any meaningful progress in your life? Are you trying to take your life to the next level by using the power of your mind alone?
How's that going for you? There's a famous phrase in business that states “The Universe rewards action, not thought.” Yet as simple as this principle seems, it’s surprising how many people get bogged down in the analysing, planning and organising stages when what they really need to do is to simply take action.
Nothing changes until your behaviour changes. Sure, you might feel better about your life after all of your mental gymnastics, but is anything actually happening in your life from all of those intellectual efforts?
The not so secret weapon to getting stuff done begins with taking action. Take some solid action and watch your life change before your eyes!
Consider these ideas:
1. You have to do something for something to happen. Nothing happens until you act. You can’t wish or visualise your way to a plate of food, a fancy car, the partner or your dreams, or a successful business. Sure we can all manifest nice things into our life but you have to do something to achieve. The right attitude sure is important and might make it easier for you to act, but you must still take action of some kind.
● The more you want to accomplish, the bigger the action you’ll need to take or at least make the effort to repeat those steps.
2. It’s not what you can do that matters. It’s what you actually do that counts. The amount of capability you possess only increases the number of options you have available.
● Having options isn’t the same as choosing one and taking action.
3. Your beliefs, values, and thoughts influence your behaviour. For example, if you believe that you’re smart, capable, and good looking, your behaviour will be different than if you believe that you’re simple minded, incapable, and homely in appearance. Here are some more examples:
● Do you believe that failure is fine or to be avoided at all costs?
● Do you value safety or adventure?
● Do you have positive thoughts about your goals or negative thoughts about goal setting?
● None of these things has any actual power in the world, other than that they can alter the choices you make and the actions you take.
4. The law of averages is ultimately on your side. If your dream is to play the piano, you can certainly do it. You simply have to keep trying. A pro pianist might play a certain piece better than you do, but you’ll most likely be successful at playing the piano eventually.
● When you take action, you get a result. You’re bound to get the result you want eventually if you take action long enough. Eventually, the law of averages will pay off.
● When you do nothing, you always fail. This is something that really resonated with us when we were deciding whether or not to go all in in our business. The fact was if we continued to do nothing, we had already failed.
5. Action creates potential. When you take action, you can learn from your results. When you take action, things change. New opportunities become available. You might meet a new person that can help you get what you want. When you take the first step, the next step then appears and the one after that and so on.
● Things start happening when you start moving.
Things begin to change when your behaviour changes. You’ve proven this to yourself thousands of times throughout your life. Your life changed when you started school, changed schools, and made new friends. Your life was different after you made permanent changes to your diet or started a new diet. You can’t just accumulate knowledge, daydream, or make grand plans. There comes a point where you have to do new things.
When your behaviour changes, your life changes. How do you want your life or your business to change? What can you DO to make it happen? When will you get started?
Some tips to help you take action
1. Stop waiting until conditions are perfect.
If you are waiting for everything to be perfect in order to get started you will be waiting forever. Things will never be perfect. There will always be something that is not right or could be better. There is no perfect time; there is only the present time. You must take action now and you can make adjustments as you move along. I know the perfect time to start was last year. The second best time is right now.
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now" Chinese proverb
2. Stop, get up, and do it.
Turn yourself into a doer. A doer is someone who has an idea and moves forward with it immediately. Next time you have a good idea, don't wait, do it today. When we pause and wait, we lose the will to move forward and allow doubt to creep into our minds.
3. Stop over-thinking things
When we over-think things, we start to get paralysis of analysis. We start to analyse things to the point that we cannot move forward. When we over analyse and think over and over about how conditions aren’t perfect, question the amount of time we have to commit we come up with a whole host of reasons not to move forward.
4. Take continuous action.
Once you get started, continue to take continuous action. Make sure that you keep momentum going by doing something productive related to your idea every day. This can be as easy as scheduling time to spend 15 minutes completing a small task daily. Those small tasks will add up quickly, and help you build confidence by seeing achievement in no time at all.