Action Separates the Dreamers from the Doers
“The most effective way to do it is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart
We all know what happens when January 1st rolls along. You set new goals for yourself. The goals are crystal clear, and you create a mental picture of the end result. You create a vision. I recently read in a book that the number one reason CEO’s fail is lack of execution. This doesn’t just hold true in the professional world, but in all aspects of our lives. Far too often, we fail to execute and take action towards our goals.
It is not enough to just talk about what you want in life- you have to take action if you want to see results. Here are four ways that I force myself to set a vision and execute in order to achieve it.
1. Set a Goal. It is not enough to just say “I want to get out of debt” or “I want to get fit.” You must visualize the end result as a constant reminder of what you are trying to accomplish. Personally, I like to create a vision board and keep it in within eye’s reach. When I find myself getting off track, I look at my vision board and ask myself if my current actions are helping me to achieve my goals.
2. Take Action. You really want to get healthy but when the 6am alarm goes off, you find it is easier to hit snooze then it is to get out of bed. Sound familiar? It is such a simple but true notion. ACTION is what separates the dreamers from the Doers. Stop saying “I will start tomorrow.” Force yourself to take action each and every day. Even taking just one small step in the right direction will lead you closer to achieving your goals.
3. Plan Ahead. Knowing that I have a reason to get out of bed in the morning makes it that much easier to get up and get going. I like to start each day with a 30 minute workout to get my energy levels up. From there, I try to plan out the rest of my day in manageable chunks. (For example: answer emails, client meetings, networking.) This helps me to tackle my day’s tasks and to stay on track. I find that when I have my day systematically planned out, I am less likely to get distracted and lose sight of my vision. Make sure you plan ahead.
4. Go For It! Let’s say you want to become a better public speaker but you are afraid of stepping outside of your comfort zone. If you want to be successful in life, you will have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Don’t ever let fear hold you back from what you want to accomplish. Give life your absolute all and don’t be afraid of what other people are going to say. You will find that people are more than willing to lend a helping hand when needed. And what about the naysayers? Let them be the driving force behind your success.
Whatever you do, make sure that you are setting regular goals for yourself and taking action each day towards accomplishing them. There is nothing more rewarding in life than crossing the finish line for a half marathon or setting a sales goal and reaching the goal before the deadline.
Today I challenge you to make a commitment to yourself. See it through until you achieve the end result. When you do, record how you felt when you accomplished this goal. You only go through life once. You might as well make the most of it.