The Importance of Taking Action – And How to Get Better At It
Have you read Warren Buffett’s biography The Snowball?
When he was young, all Buffett knew was that he wanted to make a lot of money. He had no plan, just a powerful drive and a willingness to take opportunities as they came.
As the third richest man in the world, he obviously did something right! That something was taking action. Simple as that! Planning gets you nowhere unless you have action with the plan.
Action speeds up time to market
If you are not familiar with The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, definitely put it on your reading list (along with The Snowball!). The concept is simple: Get it out there, let customers use it, and improve it based on their feedback.
Planning can lead to inaction
Planning can quickly become procrastination. You don’t know if something is going to work until you do it, and you’ll miss new opportunities and possibilities, too. Yes, it can be nerve-wracking to “just do it,” but the alternative of always asking, “What if?” is worse. Fear and aversion to risk can paralyze a person. If you know this about yourself set dates in your plan for implementing each part of your plan.
Action begets action
Have you ever noticed that once you start doing something, you gain momentum, energy, courage, and motivation? Taking action turns into a positive feedback loop that propels you forward.
There is no such thing as the perfect plan
Deep down, we all know this. You can plan all you want, but your plan will inevitably change (usually sooner than later). Instead of spending all of that time planning, just do it. If it doesn’t work, do something else. The more you fail, the more you learn and the more you grow.
Want to get better at taking action? Just like riding a bike, negotiating a contract, or being a parent, you’ll get better at it the more you do it. Here are two activities to try:
Follow a proven system and don’t just focus on a goal
A system is a set of actions, and those actions will lead you to your goal. If you want to lose weight, for example, start with a system that is proven to work: work out every day, cut out sugar and white carbs, and sleep more. The weight loss – success with your goal – will follow.
Go a week without consuming information
Yes, this sounds radical, because it is. No reading (anything), no social media, no TV, videos, or movies. No talk radio. Instead, spend time with the people in your life and with your own thoughts. The clarity this practice will bring will allow you to uncover answers and solutions to some of your toughest challenges. You will be VERY productive and find yourself taking action on multiple fronts. If doing this for a week seems impossible then try a day.
What are you waiting for? Set the plan in place and start implementing your plan by doing!
If you find yourself hesitating, though, get support to help you implement. Feel free to contact us at Winning Ways, for a short list of tips on how to implement your plan!
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