The Secret Is Action Baby! Unlock Your Gold
Have you seen those people who seem to be doing everything right but it seems like they are never achieving their goals/dreams? They are super positive, well motivated, well-connected and all that but nothing to show for it? Are you one of them? You are not alone, I was one too. Currently recovering 🙂
What is the secret to achieving your goals?
The secret to a happy marriage?
What about the secret to success?
And building a successful business?
The secret, the secret, the secret… everybody is looking for a secret.
Is there really a secret?
Stay with me and let’s find out.
You have surrounded yourself with the right people, some of the most influential people in your industry are your best friends. If anyone needs help you are the go-to person because you have the right networks. You attend the most powerful motivational and educational seminars every so often and have big dreams. Among all your friends you seem to be the most motivated, you have a positive attitude towards life, BUT…
You have nothing to show for it.
Is there something wrong with you?
Your dreams have not translated into any fruits yet. In fact, you are starting to wonder whether there is something wrong with you.
One time I sat through a session where people were giving testimonies on how their lives had been transformed after we completed an awesome 12-month mentorship program. Their businesses had flourished, their marriages had been restored, lives had been turned around. It was absolutely amazing in the best kind of way. They were happy!
One lady said, “If you really want to know how much this has impacted my life, just ask my husband. I have become such a wonderful partner, my husband cannot believe it! And I have this program to thank for it. ”
Happy as I was for her, I couldn’t help but wonder what was wrong with me. I had spent one year in the same program. Nothing in my life had drastically changed. I was part of a powerful program that was transforming people’s lives, EXCEPT MINE. I almost shed tears as I listened to the testimonies feeling disappointed in myself. Something had to change.
I wanted to see results like everyone else. What was wrong with me?
Was there some secret sauce that I was not privy that could get me unstuck? I needed to find these answers.
When I finally did, I was surprised.
First things first, there is absolutely nothing wrong with surrounding yourself with the right people, and you really should keep the right people close. The problem is that on its own it does not do much for you. The same goes for having a positive attitude and reading motivational books or attending motivational seminars (which I still do, by the way). What you do after all these is what matters. Whether you act on the knowledge acquired or not is what makes the difference.Whether or not you act on the knowledge you acquire is what makes the difference in your life. #action Click To Tweet
The secret to having real change in your life is really no secret at all. It is too simple for many of us to believe it.
The secret is action!
This may sound like a no-brainer to some but it is not. And the reason why is that it is simple but it is not easy. It is hard to consistently take action.
After going to that motivational seminar and getting all pumped up, what did you do the next day? Once you put down that book that challenged you so much you wanted to fly, what did you do next?
Believe you me, motivation is not enough. I should know, I write about motivation a lot. Motivation on its own leaves no lasting change in your life. You will feel good about yourself and your potential but if you are not taking CONSISTENT ACTION on your goals and dreams motivation does nothing for you.
Action point 1: After reading a really good book (you can find my book recommendations here) or listening to a wonderful speech, take note of the action points. If you identified areas that you need to make changes, list those down and set clear goals around them. Make use of to-do lists and set a time frame around the actions you need to take. Setting a time frame gives you a sense of urgency and gives you a deadline to chase. You are more likely to accomplish a task if you have set a deadline for it. Well, that only applies if you respect your deadlines- but we will talk about that in another post. Discipline.
P.s. If you wanna start slaying your goals and you need to figure out how I have a ton of information here for you. Check out this posts:
Start setting your goals like a Pro.
I know that many people have no issues with writing that to do list, but getting it done? That’s a totally different story altogether. Setting goals around the areas you need to work on is just the first part of the problem. What if you are actually really good at goal setting. You set them consistently BUT…
You do not START working on them.
The truth is, setting goals is just a small part of the problem, taking action and doing it consistently is where the real change begins to happen. It does not matter how well you set goals if you are not working on them it makes no difference at all. For me, this is where my biggest problem was. I had been taking in wonderful information but I was doing nothing with it. I went on with my life, as usual, hoping that just being motivated would change my life. So wrong! Until I began to take action, nothing changed.
I use this goal setting planner to set my goals and I really love it because it is so action-oriented. Check it out.
What about motivation?
The purpose of motivation is to spur you into action. If you are not taking any action then motivation finds no purpose. You can dream all day about what you need to do until you start doing it – it is just a dream.
ACTION is the missing ingredient in your life. Not just any kind of action, but taking action in the direction that you actually want your life to go. That is the secret.
Is it possible to take consistent action?
Oh yes, it is. That is how the successful people got where they are! But as I said earlier, simple not easy. There are many challenges that can hinder you from taking action. These are the things you need to identify to get out of the rut and start taking action. Get yourself unstuck and start changing your dreams into tangible results. Become disciplined and be consistent.
You know the amazing thing about getting results? They motivate you. I believe that the BEST motivation that you can ever get is through your own progress. The results you get every time you take some action, that is what keeps you inspired to do it again and again.
But you have to take the first step, GET STARTED!
Most of the time the first step is the hardest. Once you take the first step there will be other challenges down the line but there is a certain effect that keeps you going. You have done it before, you have seen results. You have had challenges before, they may not be the exact same ones, but you managed to overcome them. That gives you the confidence to face new challenges.
How do you get started?
1. Overcome your fear
Fear is something that everyone faces at different points in their lives. You need to identify what your fears are, be aware of them but go ahead and do it anyway. Do not allow your fear to hold you hostage from pursuing the life you desire. You could be afraid of change, losing your friends or even failing. But you will never know what could have become of you unless you try. Decide to get out of your comfort zone and face your fears. A few years down the line, you will be glad you did.
Do it scared!
2. Stop comparing yourself with others
Oh, the pit of comparison. It is a bottomless pit that makes you feel constantly defeated. Dear friend, can you just stop comparing yourself to others? Okay, let me explain this. It is so hard to take consistent action on your own goals while you are comparing yourself with others because you cannot stay focused.
To achieve any goal and do it to satisfaction you need to stay focused on it. Comparison keeps you busy on so many levels but none that is beneficial to you. You will be chasing someone else’s idea of perfection while forfeiting your own dreams. So just save yourself some time, spare yourself the agony and do you. Focus on your goals, take a step at a time and never mind if your neighbor seems to be going at three times the speed you are going at. Run your own race and stick to your lane.
3. You are good enough
So there is this thing called self-doubt and feeling inadequate. It robs you of so much joy and energy that would have been better used. YOU ARE ENOUGH! Stop feeling like you don’t have enough skills or the right personality or what was that again? Whose standards are you using to measure that? You are unique and therefore you have something to offer to the world in a way that no one else can. In any case, the only way to become really good at something is by practice. You don’t practice by just sitting there and waiting to be good, you practice by doing! Build your confidence and get going.
Action point 2: Just do it! Don’t wait for the right time or the right conditions for you to get started. Whatever it is you have been procrastinating, just get to it already. Take that list of action points that you had written down, start with the easiest task on the list and knock it off. That will keep you motivated for the rest of the tasks. Start TODAY.
To be able to attain success in any given area of your life, you gotta start taking action in your desired direction. This requires discipline and sacrifice. But when you keep your eyes on your dreams and visualize what it is that you want to achieve. There is no stopping you. There is no obstacle that you cannot overcome because the secret is action baby! Unlock your gold.
Was this post helpful to you? Any lessons learned, additional points you would want to make, questions, etc. Leave them down below in the comments and I will be happy to engage.