Taking actions is one of the keys to success. It is therefore essential that you use your time wisely in really executing something. Planning is good but action is fundamental.
Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece.
– Proverbs 16:27-29(TLB)
Acting is often not the difficult part, but consistently taking action is often a huge problem with most people. I have come across many that can talk their way through any thing just as the saying “Actions speak louder than words”. You can talk and make plans all day but until you put actions into your planning, nothing happens. Then there are individuals that are experts when it comes to daydreaming and planning. You may have the greatest ideas, however if you don’t act on your ideas you are draining yourself of mental energy as well as wasting your time.
If you can take charge of your life, you’ll have total control over your life and your time, making it natural to take action consistently.
Learn how to start taking action consistently and take charge of your life and your time:
1. Understand that you cannot change anything about you until you change your behaviour
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with visualization and positive self-talk, however, they both have their place. Unless your behaviour changes, they will not work for you, you must be prepared to make necessary changes. Wishing your way to your dream house or winning the lottery, will not happen unless you’re doing something different from your normal activities.
- consistently changing your behaviour is the key to real and permanent change.
2. Identify your desired outcome
Taking action consistently is not possible if you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve. Know on your purpose and take the time to ascertain you’re your desired outcome is. Ask yourself where you’ll be in 5-10 years? What actions can you take today to move in that direction?
3. Start taking baby steps
If your goal is start going to the gym every day, get started by say twice a week and as you get used to the gym, increase your 3 or 4 days a week. Gradually you will develop the habit of getting out the door each day and going to the gym. After few weeks, it will become natural for you to go to the gym daily.
4. Control the time spent planning
Those who take their time taking action are usually those that love to plan. Planning is good, however, if you are not putting action into your plans, the planning is of no value to anyone and a waste of time and energy. Stop trying to fine tune the details… time waits for no one
- This is not about rushing to get this done, there is absolutely no need to rush as you are not in competition with anyone. However, you need to control the amount of time you spend on planning and get on taking action on your plans.
5. Be an early riser.
You can get a lot more done in a day if you get started early enough. You’ll be motivated to do even more as they day goes by.
- If by noon you have not achieved much, your motivation level will begin to go down. Chances of you achieving anything substantial by the end of the day will be quite low. Then you’ll let yourself off the hook by telling yourself that you’ll get twice as much done tomorrow. Many people make this process a habit. Avoid becoming one of these people.
Study those you know that are successful and you will find that there is really nothing extraordinary about them. They are not particularly the smartest and neither are they more gifted or qualified than you. Nevertheless, they are disciplined in taking action consistently and therefore achieve much on a daily basis. The good news is that you don’t have to be extraordinary either.
What you need is to discover how to avoid wasting your precious time and take action consistently. Action takers are often the wealthiest, healthiest and they build and enjoy strong relationships.