The Action Habit
The setting of goals is not an option if you want to make a difference. I trust we all now have set goals at this time of the year when big things pop and small things drop. However setting goals without action is the same as playing a friendly match. Successful people share one characteristic — they get things done. This ability supercedes brainpower or talent in determining the degree of your success. The action habit — the habit of putting ideas into action now — is essential to getting things done. Action is not a game. Its hard work. I am writing this to you at 1130pm after such a busy day. I could be in bed, but I have a goal to accomplish today!
1. Don’t Wait For The Perfect Time
If you’re waiting to start until conditions are perfect, you probably never will. The elections will soon come and go, interest rates will rise and fall, laws can change et.c. Something will always come up to give you an excuse. Who thought there would be violence in Kenya after 27 December? Start now with what you have, where you are with the conditions as they are. Create your own perfect time. We are already 10 days into 2008. Ideas get clearer as they are implemented. Every big thing started small…so be prepared to start small. If you wait to be big you will never start.
2. Action For Today
Let sleeping dogs lie. The past regrets, disappointments and failures belong to the past. Focus on what you can do in the present moment. Don’t worry about what you should have done last year. The only time you can affect is the present and the future. If you speculate too much about the past you won’t get anything done. You cannot drive a car while looking in the rear view mirror.
3. Action Starves Your Fear
90% of the things that you fear actually never come to pass. A young man gets a kick out of proposing to the most beautiful girl in the hood. All the young man’s previous fears turn out to be unnecessary. Action is the best cure for fear. The most difficult time to take action is the very first time. After the ball is rolling, you’ll build confidence and things will keep getting easier. Kill fear by taking action and build on that confidence. A baby eagle will never know the joys of flying until it spreads its wings.
4. Make A Difference
I once had the bad habit of checking emails as soon as I got into the office. This is serious distraction which can derail your goals for the day. The majority of people do that. It is important to break away from the pack in order to make a difference. Some of the things that you need to consider are the following:
· Less social browsing (includes Facebook, chats, news, music downloads)
· Little or no television (Yes, do it and see the difference it can make!).
· Lord it over your time and be master of your schedule
· Always seek excellence
· Identify a need and come up with a solution
· Be innovative and create something unique
· Pursue your dreams and goals with a passion
· Add value to what you do and other people’s lives
· Build and nurture relationships (between you and your next level is a person!)
· Have a quiet time to reflect and focus
Get down to business and stop fooling around. A little sleep, a little slumber, poverty will come to you like a bandit (Proverbs). Be the difference you want to see.
God bless you!