My word for this summer is "Action". A lot of time seems to be spent thinking, but not enough attention is put on doing. I need for the rest of 2016 to be about accomplishing things in my business and thus I have decided to be a person of action.
In talking with others about achieving success, many respond to ideas with "let me give that some thought", and then nothing happens. I am sure my ideas are not always good ones, but some of them should have merit. It is common for people to over-think and get paralyzed. Thus there becomes a loop of contemplation without moving ahead on anything that they should be doing.
"Ready, Aim, Fire" becomes a lot of aiming. Too many people aim all day long and then start over the next day. When I study those who are making the most progress, some have a "Ready, Fire, Aim" philosophy. They go early and then fix their work along the way. Mistakes are okay with them and they simply try again.
The hard part is deciding what to do. There are too many options and I do not want to put a lot of time into the wrong efforts. Doing useless tasks will not produce the results that will lead me toward more success. But alas, doing nothing will not show results either. We have to pull the trigger and put ourselves out in the game.
The online group coaching mastermind I host, "The Cool Things Project", is filled with people seeking to find more success in their lives. One of the things we talked about recently was writing more, and using a blog or LinkedIn Pulse to put ideas into the world. Thus I am trying to write one article each week that has the ability to inspire others.
(I used to write 3-5 blog posts each week before I launched my podcast. Now I only write on occasion).
Since content marketing has taken over the world, there are too many articles published each day, so I cannot expect my words to have a mass impact, but if one person reads my words and gets a small shot of motivation, then that is a good thing. My actions are worthwhile if they have some result. I do not need to hit a home run with every action, I just need to hit a bunch of singles. Too often we are caught up in only wanting to do things that guarantee massive returns. But life had not guarantees.
As I sit and write this post, I am taking an action. If I make sure I am doing things consistently, then over the long run I will have a track record of doing. That is all any of us can ask for, as if taking action becomes our habit (over sitting back and thinking over options), we will not miss out on as many opportunities. Wishing, hoping and dreaming is not going to lead any of us closer to our goals.
What about you? What actions are you talking today?
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