July 27, 2017
We’ve all heard it before. An idea is just an idea and completely useless until someone takes action and turns it into reality. And while that concept makes perfect sense, taking action seems to be one of the most difficult things to do in life.
Information is easy to come by these days. And even though you can find conflicting info about most things online, which leads to confusion, it is still nearly impossible to take action and get the ball rolling, regardless of whose advice you choose to follow.
In terms of business, that idea for a gadget to re-carbonate soft drinks, or high-tech exercise suit to work the upper and lower body simultaneously will never make you the millions you deserve until you get your ass in gear and take action. Ok, those ideas might be a little more complex, but even quitting your job and working for yourself, going back to school, losing 20 lbs…they are all ideas that require action or they will never come to fruition.
Enough bullshitting; here are some tips that will help you move from idea into action:
If you are going to achieve, you first need to believe. I’m not sure if I subconsciously ripped that off from somewhere, but as corny as it sounds, it is true. If you have no belief in yourself or your abilities, then you will never take action. In fact, you will likely sabotage yourself to push action away.
And I’m not talking about plastering endless memes and quotes on your social media platforms. I mean an honest belief in yourself that you can accomplish your goals if you take the required action. Here is a tip, taking the action is probably the thing that will inspire the belief because you will realize taking that one step was the only thing keeping success at bay.
Planning and organizing may be two of the most monotonous tasks imaginable, but they are crucial if you hope to turn your idea into action. Being organized helps keep your thoughts from going all over the place, and it will help you believe in yourself because you’ll have a step-by-step plan laid out in front of you.
How detailed and organized do you need to be? As detailed as it takes for you to feel confident enough to take action.
No matter what you do in life, there is probably someone that has already blazed the trail and done it before you. If taking action was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you know just as well as I do that everyone is NOT doing it. Taking things from the planning stage to reality may be best accomplished with the help of someone else. You can find books and videos offering help, find a mentor, take a course, or form a partnership that will help get you started.
From what I see around me these days, focus and consistency are big issues for many people. Taking that all-important first step into action is great, but if you quickly lose focus and you’re not consistent, then you’ve just wasted a bunch of time and effort. Focus, consistency and patience are all key factors when it comes to turning an idea into action.
It’s easy to get bogged down in information and become too confused and scared to do anything. All of the above points are valid and true, but sometimes you just need to close your eyes and jump. The Nike slogan “Just Do It” is as simple as it gets, and sometimes that’s all you need.
You need to believe in yourself, and planning will make the process infinitely easier. Focus and consistency will take you to new heights and finding help will get you there faster. But in the end, there is no perfect time and you will never have every single detail exactly the way you want it.
The only way to take action is to take action…the only way to start is to start. So, quit pissing around and do it already!
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