Have you been talking about what you are going to do, rather than just doing it?
Do you talk about getting in shape? Do you talk about saving money? Do you talk about finishing your degree? Do you talk about that book you are going to write?
If so, isn’t it time to stop talking and start taking action?
Too many people do not take action on their goals. They have in their mind something they want to do, but that’s as far as it gets! Their intentions to “some day” get to it are never realized. Someday never comes.
They live on a fantasy Island called, “Someday Isle”. Someday I’ll start working out…Someday I’ll go back to school….Someday I’ll start working on that goal.
If that’s you, then it’s time to get off of Someday Isle!
Take a moment to honestly evaluate your own life. What have you been thinking about, dreaming about, talking about….but haven’t yet taken action on?
There comes a time when you have to say enough is enough. It’s time to get to work. There comes that moment when you have to stop revving up the car and shove it into gear. -David Mahoney Click To Tweet David Mahoney said, “There comes that moment when you have to stop revving up the car and shove it into gear.”
The graveyard is full of books that will never be written, songs that will never be sung, inventions that will never come to be, dreams that will never be lived out.
It’s quite sad and it makes me ask, “Why do so many people fail to take action?”
One reason is fear. The fear of failure prevents many from going for it. Les Brown is known for asking this question, “If you had to live your life over again again, do you think you could have done more than what you have done thus far? What we do, what we accomplish, what we produce in life is only the tip of the iceberg for what’s possible.”
What’s possible for you? If you refused to give in to your fear what would you do?
Don’t let the fear of failure sabotage your success. And don’t wait for the fear to go away. Fear is a common emotion that even the best experience. The difference is whether or not you give in to your fears. Be the kind of person who has fears, but takes action anyway.
In any situation you have both fear and courage. It’s just a matter of which one you will allow do dominate your thinking. Most people allow their fear to rule over their courage. However, it’s not the absence of fear that you need, it’s having the fear, but moving forward anyway. It’s being willing to get out of your comfort zone, and willing to take a risk.
Often people don’t take action because they are afraid of what other people might think. “What if I try and it doesn’t work?” “What if I’m not successful?” These are the wrong questions to ask. Instead ask, “What if it does work?” What if I am successful?Our deepest fears are not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fears are that we are powerful beyond measure. -Marianne Williamson Click To Tweet
It’s time for you to realize how powerful you are, and how much you CAN accomplish….but you have to take action.
I often talk about “pain of discipline” vs “the pain of regret”. In life we have two very real pains we must choose from. The absent of pain is never the goal, because living a pain-free life is simply not possible. You must choose the pain of discipline to move, to act, to get it done…or you choose the pain of regret for not taking action and giving in to your fear.
If all you do is talk about it and don’t take action, you will pay the price of regret….and the pain of regret is much great than the pain of discipline.
Write down 1, 2 or 3 things you have been putting off. Determine which one is the most important; which one will give you the greatest sense of satisfaction when it’s completed? Then take action. Take action today, no matter how small it may be. And every day after that take action!