If you don’t take action, life becomes just a theoretical exercise.
So, in this article, I’d like to share with you some insight on how to learn to take action.
Let’s start from recent personal experience.
Last week, I had a meeting at Caffé Concerto on Oxford Street. It was a great meeting and after the meeting, as all the shops had a sale on, so I decided to go for a walk.
In this particular shop, I saw in the window the most amazing dress ever.
I did get into the shop to check it out, but as soon as I entered, my mind seemed to have gone into a black hole and I did absolutely nothing. I looked at the dress and I got out!
I did nothing, I came home. What I didn’t do was to check if the dress fit me first, if they had other colours, if they had my size.
Basically, I didn’t take action.
I know it is not a big deal, but I’m still thinking about it a week later with a little bit of frustration and regret, just because I did nothing.
Well, it is, actually, a big deal. It is a big deal when I relate this experience to your goals.
Maybe that is what happens when you set out your goals.
You can put your goals on paper, writing about them beautifully. Perhaps you use a Goal Map, an amazing visual aid, with colours, pictures. You can map your goals all the way from the beginning, writing every step of the way from the beginning until you achieve your goal. Then, you can put this on the wall, as a beautiful work of art – and then you may do nothing.
Every time you look at it, you’d feel a little bit of frustration or perhaps you’d feel scared.
Your frustration would build up and turn into anxiety. Being a little bit scared may turn into fear. You’d procrastinate, stuck, not doing anything until, worst of all, you’d rip it all up and give up.
By doing this, you’d add a sense of failure into the mix.
Otherwise, you can take action.
When you are going to take action, if you feel a little bit scared, then change your perspective, change the way you look at taking action.
Think about having everything to gain.
First of all, when you take your first step towards achieving your goal, when you take action and you have an idea, you may find some holes in the plan that you need to fill in. Perhaps with your skills, ability and knowledge. Perhaps you need a little bit more training. Or perhaps you need to get help. If you keep going and perhaps the idea keeps growing or you meet a snag. When that happens, you brainstorm by yourself or with someone else how to do things differently. If the way you are doing it is not working, you think about how you can do things differently.
Then, when you find a solution, you carry on to achieve the goal.
When you achieve your goal, it is a massive boost to your motivation and confidence. And along the way, you are programming your brain to create solutions
How to learn to take action is how to learn to look at things from a different perspective, when you hit an obstacle.
Afterwards, you can set up a bigger goal because you know you can achieve it, you have done it before.
So think about that, the importance of taking action.
- you find yourself in the unfortunate situation that you feel stuck,
- the anxiety and fear have taken over and you can’t even move,
- the idea of taking action makes you sweat, makes you scared.
Then, let’s have a chat: get in touch with me, I can help you.
And please take action now and share this article with others so they can benefit from it.
Think about it, or don’t think about it, take action now. If you don’t take action, life becomes a theoretical exercise.