For most of my adult life I had an interest, maybe even a fascination with personal development. As I’ve already said I read many a fantastic book, and a few pretty pathetic ones too if I’m honest. My car was a library on wheels. More often than not, every journey I took, I would listen to personal development audios. Anthony Robbins ‘Get the Edge’, ‘The Secret’ were the two that I think had the biggest impact.
The most memorable seminar event I went to was Anthony Robbins Unleash the power within in London 2001. That’s where I completed the fire walk. All of this taught me something, instlilling in me a bit more positivity, motivation, excitement. But how long did it last. For someone that had absorbed all that knowledge could I say that I was leading the perfect life … the very honest answer is no, not at all the time.
Life will always be a learning curve. The most important thing to learn, for us all, is knowledge isn’t enough. Hey, for now, until I’m a best selling author, don’t just take my word for it. Read what a few others have to say on the subject:
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. ~ Herbert Spencer
The knowledge that we consider knowledge proves itself in action. What we now mean by knowledge is information in action, information focused on results. ~ Peter F. Drucker
Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world. ~ Albert Einstein
The truth is that even in the information age, information is not enough. if all we needed were ideas and positive thinking, then we all would have had all the toys in the world when we were kids and we would all be living our “dream life” now. Action is what unites every great success. Action is what produces results.
Knowledge is only potential power until it comes into the hands of someone who knows how to get himself to take effective action. In fact, the literal definition of the word “power” is “the ability to act.” ~ Tony Robbins. Power is the ability to act. The key to life, the key to making a success is taking ACTION! I’m not saying, that there’s no point in picking up a book or listening to an audio cd. I want you to take in as much good information as you can. But from this knowledge, i want you to follow through, immediately put into action what you’ve learned.
I am sure we all want to be more productive and achieve success, and set out every morning to make the best of the day ahead. But isn’t it also true that sometimes we find it difficult to motivate ourselves to take action–especially first thing in the morning.
Getting started on something like a healthy lifestyle plan has less to do with whether you have the energy and more to do with your desire and willingness to make the changes. So how is it that some people can get started on the healthy lifestyle plan and others don’t. Well the ones who do, dig in, make the start and soon begin to see results, and then they become more motivated to continue. The difference is they took action.
“A thousand mile journey begins with the first step.” – Chinese Proverb.
In everything in life, if you want to achieve something, take the initiative and do it now! The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll get where you want to go. BECOME A PERSON OF ACTION. Only through doing will you accomplish!
One of the biggest weaknesses of human behaviour is procrastination. Each time you procrastinate or avoid taking action, you reinforce a negative and demonstrate to yourself that you don’t follow through. The longer you procrastinate about something, the more likely that you never will get started.. Procrastinating for many is a life habit. But, like all habits, it can be broken.
To do so, you must establish and reinforce a new, get up and go action response to replace your habit of “putting it off.” This is your call to action. In time, this drive to take action will become your norm. And, you’ll then find yourself making personal life progress beyond what you may have ever thought possible!
So what’s going to get you to start taking action? Firstly find what excites and drives you in life? What are you passionate about? It is these things that drive you in life that will compel you to take action, to make a difference, or to follow through.
You can achieve anything, you can create, have, do, share, become, anything you want, once you start to take action. So what is it that will keep you up late at night and get you up early in the morning? What results are you committed to? What are the results you must achieve? What is it that you really want – personally or professionally (health, finances, relationships, emotions, material possessions, experiences, etc.) ?
Now if you truly want these things, you know you have to step up and make them happen. They won’t land in your lap while you sit and procrastinate. You have to get up, get going, take action.
‘In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently’. Tony Robbins
How do you get started?
Develop a plan of attack– a “massive action plan”. List every outcome you want and any possible action you can take that may help you achieve your goal.
Even if the idea sounds crazy, write it down. Then just do it. In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill says the surest way to grow rich is to have faith. But, he says, faith by itself will yield nothing. The secret is to have “…faith backed by action. Action, action, action.”
Every Journey Begins with a Single Step So just take action. Don’t be one of those people that make up excuses, or give excellent reasons of why sitting around and doing nothing is the right thing to do. Things seldom happen when nothing is done. Rarely has somebody achieved anything by sitting around pitying themselves, because nothing is happening, so, feel free, to take action now. Massive action = powerful results.