Take Action

Every so often we hear of someone we know who is doing very well, and we find ourselves discussing their success with friends and family. We say things like; “if I really wanted to, I too could open up my own business” “if he can do it, so can I”, “she was not even that clever in school”, “he is nothing special”, “you can do it; why don’t you start something similar?”

Instead of talking about how you are capable of achieving similar success if you really wanted it, you should be asking yourself “how come they have done it and I haven’t?”

 They did it because they took action.

You “know” you can do it, because she is doing it and he has done it. But there is a big difference between you and that person, they took action.

 She did not wait for you to do it before she knew she could do it.  He wasn’t waiting for you.  They took action.  

 It most likely took a lot of hard work, late nights, some failures and disappointments along the way, but they did it.

 While you are talking about how you could do it if you really wanted, you are still not doing anything.  

If you really don’t want any of their success, give credit where credit is due, and go achieve something of your own. Do something, take action.   

Don’t wait for the perfect situation; that perfect moment, before you take action because it might never come.

 You have to take some action now; otherwise you may find that the process and procedures you planned for have changed.  The “right” people have moved on, technology has advanced, and there are now new players “go-getters” on the scene, already making a name for themselves.

 If you don’t take action soon others will beat you to it.  Then you will need to come up with a new strategy, a new plan of action, re-organise and wait again for that perfect moment which may never come.

It can be scary taking those first few steps; you are putting yourself on the line. If it does not work out, you don’t want to look stupid.  

 You are afraid you may not get a second chance if you don’t get it right first time around.  So you wait for that perfect moment when you know you have everything in place to ensure it all goes well.  But will that moment ever come?

“The distance between your dreams and reality, is called ACTION”

 Have you ever put off acting on something, but eventually you were forced into action?        

 There were no more excuses, it was now or never, and so you finally took action and afterwards you realised it wasn’t so bad after all, was it?

 It was even kind of fun and you wouldn’t mind doing it again. With your adrenaline pumping and your heart in your stomach, you gave it your best shot and it went well.  

You didn’t have all the answers, a few things took you by surprise, there were some embarrassing moments, but now you feel a sense of achievement. You feel confident. You did it.

 By taking action sooner rather than later, you will have a clearer idea early on of what you need to do, or not do, to achieve your goals.

You can learn from your early mistakes before you have spent a lot of time, money and effort going in the wrong direction, or before someone beats you to it.

 Don’t keep waiting. Don’t watch from the sidelines, life is not a watching and waiting game.  

 We all admire people who are out there trying to achieve something.  Even if at times we think they are a bit misguided, we can appreciate their efforts and say “at least she is doing something”, “he is trying”.

These action people are the people we will call on when an opportunity arises, because we have already seen them in action.  

 If you are not sure  if can do, do it, take action, how else will you find out?

If you think you can do something, TRY – DO IT, take action. It you know you can do it, DO IT, take action.  

“Don’t wait until you are ready to take action. Instead take action to be ready.” Jensen Siaw

About the author

Jacqueline Akakpo

Jacqueline believes that individuals have the power to make an enormous difference and is passionate about helping people achieve their potential. She had a varied career which includes working as a trainer, marketing professional and civil engineer. She has worked in the UK, Spain and Ghana. She is the founder of www.alessordinarylife.com

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