There’s Power in Taking Action

“As you begin to take action toward the fulfillment of your goals and dreams, you must realize that not every action will be perfect. Not every action will produce the desired result. Not every action will work. Making mistakes, getting it almost right, and experimenting to see what happens are all part of the process of eventually getting it right.” Jack Canfield

To achieve a level of success, and hopefully significance, you need to create a precise plan detailing exactly what you must do in order to realize your dream. You will have to adjust your plan as you go forward, but if you don’t write is down, how will you know if you are making progress toward the goal? Be sure, too, to set a timetable for the completion of your tasks. Open-ended tasks seem always to be pushed to the rear of the priorities.

Breakdown your objectives into daily activities and then manage those activities. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to complete a lot of work when you manage your time well. Don’t let the phone, walk-in customers or whatever “emergencies” may present themselves rule your life. Also, as best as you can, resist the urge to put off doing the things that need to get done.  Take Charge!

During certain hours, I refuse to take phone calls. I let them go to voice mail and return them when I arrive at the allotted time. I used to have a script on my voice mail that said, “Thanks for calling. I have several appointments today. I can return your call between 10 and 11 AM or 3 to 4 PM. Please let me know when the best time for you would be.” That simple script gave me back my life.
When you write down your list of daily tasks, post the list where you can easily see it. You will find the more you look at it, the more likely you will be to accomplish the tasks you’ve set. And importantly, I find that it helps to deal with difficult things first. Get anything distasteful or disagreeable off your plate as soon as you can so you can enjoy the rest of the day.

Thomas Carlyle, the 9th Century Scottish essayist, wrote: “Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can.” If you fail to take action, you will fail in reaching your target. Do all you can!

Define what you want to accomplish (as best as you can at this point) and do the daily activity that’s needed to get you where you want to go. Practice focusing on the daily activity – not necessarily the end goal. The action you implement will get you to the finish line. There is power in taking action.

As Les Brown said, “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.”

Now, just do it.  Start right now.

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