I’m pretty confident that right now there is something inside of you that you’ve wanted to do, but you just haven’t. It may be the desire to change jobs, write a book, get in shape, start a business, travel to a distant paradise or place, meet someone, get a new degree, move to a new place or house, build something, record an album, start a church, serve someone, climb a mountain, invent something, begin an organization, run a marathon, learn to paint, etc. It’s already in you . . . but you haven’t done anything about it.
We’re all with you So, why don’t we do something about it? Well, we all have our reasons. Sometimes it’s fear. Sometimes it’s blame ("I would, but so-and-so is holding me back"). Sometimes it’s low self-esteem (we don’t believe in ourselves and our abilities). Sometimes it’s lack of personal responsibility. And sometimes it’s our poor management of time. But, the one that usually gets me is my love for planning (as opposed to taking action).
I love to do research and to know as much as I can about something. Furthermore I love to create plans and strategies about how to do something (especially if it involves creating lists with little boxes to check off!). But what often hinders me is how long I’ll take to act on something I actually want to do—which usually surprises most people because they think I’m a take action kind of guy. But over the past couple of days I’ve heard or read on a couple of occasions that the key to success is . . . taking action (a simple but powerful truth).
In a tele-seminar with Mark Victor Hansen, the moderator of the call said something to the effect, "The difference between those who make it in this business (the professional speaking business) and those who don’t is that those who do take action, decisive action while those who don’t, don’t." Again, in Canfield’s book on the Success Principles, he says,
"Over the years . . . I’ve found that the one thing that seems to separate winners from losers more than anything else is that winners take action. They simply get up and do what must get done."
Finally, if that wasn’t enough, he goes on to say,
"Most successful people I know have a low tolerance for excessive planning (ouch!) . . . Planning has its place, but it must be kept in perspective. Some people spend their whole lives waiting for the perfect time to do something. There’s rarely a perfect time to do anything. What is important is to get started."
So, what are you waiting for? You know you want to do something. What is it? And what can you do today to get it started. Don’t wait another day (or read another blog or watch another TV program or read the paper or clean the dishes or . . .). Take action NOW! This is your life we’re talking about. So, what are you waiting for?