Are you a researcher? What I mean are you someone who spends a great deal of time reading and gathering information about self-development? In other words, 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 in your mind without taking action in the real world?
How is that working for you?
I know it isn’t doing much for you because that is what I used to do.
Here’s what I’ve found.
While you might feel better about your life after reading the books, watching the videos and attending the seminars. What’s the sum total change in your life from all of these intellectual efforts?
Nothing changes until your behavior changes.
Why You Need to Take Action
Maybe you want to write a book, start your own business, get and an advanced degree or meet the person of your dreams. None of these will happen simply in your mind.
I guarantee you that you could sit in front of a window and meditate on whatever you would like to have in your life for years, and unless you take action, all you’ll get is a very sore butt.
In order to change your life you need to take action!
Here are Some Ideas to Help You take Action
1. Do something, anything!
You cannot manifest anything simply by thinking about it. Nothing will happen until you act. You can’t wish or visualize your way to a plate of food, a fancy car, the partner or your dreams, or a successful business. While visualizing these outcomes might make it easier for you to act, taking action of some kind or another is the only way for it to manifest what you want in the real world.
Unless you’re telekinetic, (and if you are, please send me a message because I want to know how you do it) you can’t even move a paperclip across your desk without taking action.
Here’s something else you need to keep in mind. The bigger the accomplishment, the bigger the actions you’ll need to take.
2. It’s not what you CAN do that matters.
The only thing that matters is what you actually. You probably know lots of people with lots of potential, but unless they DO something, at the end of the day they still only have potential. Potential does not equal results.
Here’s the good news. The greater capability you have will increase the number of options you have available. But remember, having options isn’t the same as choosing one and taking action.
3. You’ll only attempt what you believe you (might) be able to accomplish.
You’re much more likely to attempt something IF you think you could succeed. For example, IF you believe that you’re smart and capable you will go about trying to do something very differently than if you believe you’re simple minded and incapable.
Let’s look at some other examples:
Do you believe that failure is something you learn from or to be avoided at all costs? In other words, do you have growth or fixed mindset?
Are most people are inherently good or inherently bad?
What’s more important, safety or adventure?
Do you have a positive outlook about your goals or do you believe that only bad things happen to you?
As Napoleon Hill once said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive, and BELIEVE, it can achieve.” For you to achieve anything you need to believe you have at least a possibility of accomplishing it. Your beliefs 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 as long as you find a teacher and practice. While someone who has been playing piano their whole life might play a certain piece better than you do, eventually. With enough practice, you’ll play it well.
When you take an action, you get a result. Your results give you feedback. Try enough times and you are bound to get the result you want IF you take action long enough. Eventually, the law of averages will pay off.
Not taking action is will always give you a result. That result is failure to achieve anything.
5. Action creates greater potential.
Action taking gives you a result. With a result, you learn something. What you learn is feedback. Now you know what to do or not to do.
Taking action causes things to change. This opens your eyes to new opportunities. It can lead to that “chance” meeting of the person that can help you get what you want.
But this will never happen unless you DO something. Its only when you take the first step, will the next step appear.
New things start happening when you start moving. Nothing happens while you’re learning, scheming, and planning. Get up off your butt and DO something!
Taking Action Gets You Results!
Things only begin to change when your behavior changes and you already know this. You’ve proven this to yourself thousands of times throughout your life. Your life changed when you started elementary school, went on to middle school and then high school. Along the way you made new friends, learned new things, became a different person.
Your life was different after you took that new position or changed companies. You changed your life when you decided to make permanent changes to your diet or started a new exercise plan.
Stop researching and start taking action! While more knowledge can give you more ways of looking at things, you can’t accumulate enough knowledge to change your life. Daydreaming and making grand plans will not take you down the path to success.
In order to achieve anything in life you have to DO something.
When your behavior changes, your life changes.
How do you want your life to change?
What can you DO to make it happen?
When will you get started?
Do it NOW!
If you need a boost taking action, take a look at my book, Mindful Mastery: Find Focus, Get Unstuck, and Drop Into the Peak Performance Zone.