John Lennon said it best, “Life happens when you’re busy making other plans.”
Why your actions play a role in who you become. – “What one does is more important than what one says”
Often at times, inspiration is lost in the art of brainstorming. We can have an idea and think about the ins and outs of that idea and never execute it.
Sadly, this happens all too often, we either lose interest or the time needed to carry out our idea.
How many of us have been on holiday and started to relax and think about doing something different with our lives?
We come up with so many ideas that we could put into practice once we get home. We make a promise to ourselves that as soon as we get home it will be a new you.
So my questions to you are:
- How many of those ideas have you put into place?
- Are still doing the same things before you went on holiday?
- Have changed anything?
- Are you back into the route?
- And how does this make you feel about your life?
The Danger in Simply Planning.
The life cycle of an idea typically begins like this:
- We are hit with inspiration.
- We fantasise about the success of this idea.
- We write down tons of to-do lists and references that will guide our actions.
Then, unfortunately, life responsibilities set in and we’ve done everything but carry out what we said we were going to do. Alternatively, our fear prevents us from actually taking the necessary steps. Our brilliant idea gets lost and put on the back burner with the other ideas we previously had.
Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?
It was Mark Twain who said, “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”
The way people conduct themselves in different situations is a greater determinant of behaviour and character than the words through which they choose to express themselves. What you do holds much more significance than what you say. Its why your actions speak so much more about you and what you want to become.
We can apologise for our mistakes over and over, but if our actions do not change, the words become meaningless. At the end of the day, whatever your actions may be will show what you are trying to prove, why your actions become a part of who you become.
If you are simply talking, nothing is happening, but when actions take place, you are actually engaging in this behaviour. Actions prove who someone really is, while words only show what someone wants to be – Why your actions say so much more.
What will be your lasting memory of your holiday?
- Great tan
- Nice food and drink
- Plenty of happy photos
- A few extra pounds around the middle.
Or would like to have a fledgeling business based on one simple idea you put into practice when you came back from holiday? And if you give it time with some planning and determination, could just pay for your next holiday and the next and next —
One Action Is Worth More Than A Thousand Thoughts
Tim Urban, who runs the blog Wait But Why, created an amazing and funny (if layman’s) explanation of what may happen inside the brain of a procrastinator.
This game of procrastination limits our creativity. It decreases our self-esteem and directly impacts our future. In order to fully carry through on an idea, an action is imperative!
Taking action involves physically carrying out what you intended to go through a series of steps. Sure, it’s awesome to outline your goals in full detail, but simply having a plan doesn’t equate success. You have to do something about it.
Think about it: you already have the idea, the planning, and the possible outcomes.
So, what good is it to simply have all of that precious information and nothing to show for it? You lose that glory because your goals remain hidden. Again cast your mind back to your holiday ideas. You may not be a fireman, but let’s use this as an idea.
There is a great debate at the moment on HSE following a number of high profile fires, so anybody with the first-hand experience of working in this environment is of great value to other industries and companies. Take my point.
His or her skills have a value, which given the right direction and thought can be turned into a very successful business. But before that can happen action needs to happen to take it from an idea into reality.
One fantastic approach to carrying out your goals is to take it slow. Often at times, we may become so overwhelmed with the possibilities, we sink into complacency.
Many people fail because they try to “eat the entire pie” all at once,” so to speak.
By analysing your goal and making small strides daily towards completion of it, you will, in turn, remain motivated. These careful steps of action will keep you organized and balanced on your journey.
Routine and stability are the benchmarks of dedication. Do you remember being in school and your teacher gave you a syllabus prior to starting the class?
- That syllabus not only contained carefully outlined projects and assignments, it had a clearly defined due date. When you missed that due date, there were consequences.
- Many students no doubt excelled by being aware of when things were due and what was expected. Similarly, you can create a “due-date” with regards to your goals.
- Create a specific time when an action needs to be completed. If your goal is to learn a new skill in order to obtain a job, create a date when you need to have that skill started.
If for whatever reason you do not meet that deadline, create a consequence for yourself. On the flip side, positive reinforcement is a great way to increase productivity. Let’s say you meet your deadline, treat yourself! This will encourage you to keep taking those steps to achieving your goal.
It’s no secret that action produces results. Without putting in a balanced amount of effort in order to achieve your dreams, you will remain in the same position you are currently in. Increase your productivity, remain motivated, and remember that action is a vital part of success.