Essentials for Success: The “Action” Habit

Essentials for Success:  The “Action” Habit

Without a doubt highly successful people all share one quality:  They get things done.  In fact, they are often guilty of doing too much, being too aggressive and being proactive to a fault.

If all it takes is action to accomplish objectives then why aren’t more people getting what they want from life?  As simple as it seems there are many obstacles to taking action and most of them can be easily overcome with some awareness and some initiative.  Growing the “action” habit is essential to getting what you want out of life.  Here are some things to keep in mind:

Conditions will Never be Perfect

Let’s face it.  There is always something that is not quite right.  It’s either too hot or too cold.  The timing is off.  The economy is bad.  If you are waiting for conditions to be just right to take action, you may never accomplish what you set out to do.

When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers.” –Colleen C. Barrett

Don’t Wait for Inspiration

Everybody loves the feel of the flow of inspiration, but what happens when it’s not there?  For many, action is easy when they feel inspired but non-existent when that feeling is missing.  No matter what your goals in life are, understand and accept that sometimes you will feel like taking action and sometimes you won’t.  It’s even more important to take action when you are not in the mood.  This reinforces the habit of “doing”.

If you are walking down the right path and you are willing to keep walking, eventually you will make progress.” – Barack Obama

Ideas are Only the Pre-cursors to Success

The only value in an idea is the implementation of that idea.  Brilliant ideas are only considered brilliant when they are acted upon.  The longer an idea stays in your head, the more confused the details become.  By committing to take action on a good idea, you will become more creative because you are signaling your brain to bring forth more good ideas.

You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you’ll get to tomorrow.  Intention without action is useless.”-– Carolyn Myss

While the first step is often the hardest, it is the first step that drives you to the next.  The key to taking action is to take that first step even if it is a small one.

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