Got lots of great dreams? Been visualizing your success, but it isn't coming? You've probably missed an important ingredient in the success chain!
Many people have taken "The Secret" far too literally. Yes, the process is to visualize and become aligned with your desires, (aligned mean understanding why you are doing something and being happy about it). But the critical step is this ... once visualized and aligned then you must take inspired action.
Moving from dreaming to doing is the key to your personal and business success.The most successful people in life are committed to taking action on a regular, consistent basis.
Successful entrepreneurs make decisions quickly and act on them just as quickly.
Less successful people often sit on the fence, trying to decide what to do, hoping that the 'perfect' answer will present itself. Then, because they are often unsure of themselves, don't make the commitment to follow through with the action, or change their mind at the drop of a hat.
Five simple steps to Action:
- Get clear on where you want to head and why
- Gather the data
- Weigh the facts
- Make your decision and
- Take inspired action
The two critical steps are getting clear on where you want to head and taking inspired action.
Inspired action is far superior to just action.
By now you are wondering what's the difference between action and inspired action? Good question! Inspired action is when tune into why you want to do something and feel good about it. So that you are coming from a place of courage rather than fear
If you just take action and it is from desperation rather than inspiration you may not be delighted with the results. In the training "Potential Into Reality: Mindset and Goal Setting Techniques that Inspire You to take Action on Your Dreams" I show you how to move from desperation to inspired action so you easily enjoy the success you are ready for - on a sustained basis.
When You Take Inspired Action You Put Yourself on the 'Path of Possibility'.
Inspired action will always produce a result. Yes, sometimes the result may not always be exactly what you wanted. Use it is a golden opportunity to learn from the situation, dust yourself off and get back into the game.
Many years ago, I was faced with the choice of whether to remain in the corporate arena, taking a rather significant promotion, or to leave, and start my own business. I dithered for many months unable to make up my mind.
I was deeply unhappy, spending next to no time with my daughter, but afraid to step out on my own in case I didn't make it financially. The indecision was driving me crazy, and truthfully, driving the people around me. I was taking my frustration, (at not wanting to be there, yet not having the courage to step out on my own) out on everyone in my team.
Finally, I took a deep breath, handed in my resignation and hung the shingle out the front door of my own business. Was it smooth sailing from there on in? I wish! However, from a happiness with lifestyle perspective it was the best decision.
Ultimately your level of fulfillment is a direct result of your actions (or inaction) throughout your life. Have you ever said to yourself, "I Shoulda/Coulda/Woulda", when you've seen someone else achieve success with an idea you had, but you didn't act upon. Decide today, enough is enough. Give yourself the gift of living the life you desire!
Don't Let Your Fear Of Failure Stop You
When gripped by fear you do nothing. Doing nothing produces the result of .... nothing!
The best way to get rid of fear is to act. What you feed grows! Sitting in indecision, doing nothing allows the fear to grow and then you are in trouble. Inspired, successful action cures fear.
The Success Masters know that failure is just one sign that a particular approach didn't work. That another approach, another more successful action is needed. It is having the internal fortitude to continue in the face of difficult times. A sure step to failure is to quit, at the first sign of opposition.
The ultimate failure is if you don't align yourself with your desire, and then take inspired, successful action. You end up spending your entire lifetime wondering, wanting, desiring, wishing, hoping - all in vain. Ultimately it is your choice. To take action and maybe have a few failures, but ultimately succeed. Or to procrastinate, put off and end your days feeling dissatisfied, wishing "if only".
Successful Action Process
I recently read Mel Robbins book The 5 Second Rule. Mel believes that people don't really want to do stuff ... e.g. go to the gym, eat healthier, be more productive, have that challenging conversation. She stumbled upon a system that she uses to 'get stuff done'.
She uses the analogy of a rocket launching ... countdown 5-4-3-2-1 GO! Mel says that the minute you say GO you have to move. What she's saying is that you are changing your state when you physically move. Once you've got momentum of any sort it is easier to keep moving.
I've been using the technique for a few weeks and am finding that it is a fun way to get myself out of bed on these colder mornings. However, for long-term, sustained motivation, make sure you take the time to get to the 'why' of doing something ... so that you are living your life in inspiration not by force.
In her book she takes you deeper into the psychology and research behind her system and provides lots of social proof from people who are using her system. And, here are a couple of videos by Mel that provide you with more context and inspiration.
You now have this knowledge, but knowledge without inspired, successful action is useless. If you are feeling inspired, as you finish reading this page, then 5-4-3-2-1-GO take an action that will move you closer to achieving your hopes and dreams. Don't permit anymore wonderful opportunities drift by you. Good luck.
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