“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Don't wait. The time will never be just right.”
What makes dreams into reality?
I believe that perhaps the most important – and an often ignored – thing is simply taking action.
I used to be really bad at it when I was younger.
Back then I usually got stuck.
I got stuck in my dreams about what I wanted to do.
I got stuck in analysis paralysis due to my habit of overthinking things. I got stuck in procrastination and in pessimism.
Things have changed a lot since then though. I have added many new habits that help me to take much more action than I used to.
I hope this week's article will help you to do the same.
1. Get your day off to a great start by doing the most important thing.
I first learned about this about 17 years ago when I used to sell computers.
The boss told us that if we took care of the most important task of the day – often one of the more difficult ones too – right away in the morning the rest of the day would be a lot easier and lighter.
He was right about that.
When that first and most important task is done you don’t have to worry about it. It won’t weigh down on your day. You feel good about yourself.
And you’ll have less inner resistance to taking action for the rest of the day.
2. Just take responsibility for your actions and the process.
I love this quote from the ancient Sanskrit Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita:
“To action alone hast thou a right and never at all to its fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive; neither let there be in thee any attachment to inaction.”
Because every time I look at it or remind myself of it I feel a sort of freedom and relief.
This quote reminds me to understand that I cannot control the results of my action. I can’t control how someone reacts to what I say or what I do.
It reminds me that it usually works better for me to stay motivated to keep doing what I do if I do something I really like doing.
Basically, I do what I think is right and that is my responsibility. And then the rest (the possible results), well, that is not up to me to decide about or try to control.
I let it go.
Taking action becomes a so much lighter activity when you only have to take responsibility for doing what you think is right.
3. Don’t feel like doing it? Start small.
Getting the most important thing done first thing in your day and setting yourself up for an…