You may have heard about the words ready, aim, fire! a lot of successful people write about doing the opposite first. fire aim ready. taking action first. Seeing where you land near the target. making readjustments, then eventually as you go you’ll be ready.
The idea says that you’ll never truly be ready and that if you think about it too much you might never take action to get there. I remember when I was living in the country. I would walk down to my grandfather’s farm and go into the barn, the barn would be full of straw and hay for the cows who would come in from the weather below to get food, salt, and have a comfortable spot in the straw to rest themselves.
I would go up into the loft of the barn and climb up until I could see a large mound of straw below. at first glance you would look and be scared because it was so high, you knew it was only straw below and that there was nowhere to bounce, you would always have all the risks in the back of your mind like if there was a sharp object in the straw, if this was truly too high and I would hurt myself. instead of thinking to long about it. I just jumped and felt the rush of falling to the straw and that soft bounce I would get after.
There is this phenomenon called Analysis Paralysis where people think to much. They try to get all their ducks in a row, and sure, there is some wisdom in this. however, these people continue to do this until everything is perfect. the reality is. is that nothing is perfect. you must refine life and things as you go becoming better and better as you go.
I quote I love to paraphrase from GaryVee is you can’t get strong thinking and study about how to do push-ups. You have to put in the work to see the results.
a key component to taking action is setting goals. how your setting your goals play a huge role in how you finish any goal.
You want to envision what your outcome will be. let’s say you want to finish a marathon.
next, you’ll want to write down all the steps you need to take to get there. some steps I would take are to learn to run from the couch to 5k, to do that, you would need to find the app couch to 5k and begin following its plan. once you achieve your 5k goal, you’ll want to implement intervals into your running twice a week and one long run, which increases each week by a specific percentage.
by breaking down your goals, and writing down the things you need to do in order to get to that goal, you’ll begin to carve out yourself the path to success. many people function great with lists this way. and even placing reminders into your google calendar so you never miss a day is a great way to get started.
once it’s all written out, you need to determine what the first thing you need to do is, then do that. for me, it would be to download that couch to 5k app and set a time on the calendar to do my first run.
setting small wins for yourself is another motivator to continue on your path to success in taking action. win 1, I downloaded the app. win 2, I went for my first run and felt like crap. win 3 I made it to my first 5k and I didn’t die. somethings giving yourself a reward when you hit a bigger goal on your way will help you stay motivated when working toward something. someone might say. when I hit 10k I will buy myself some new running shoes. the list of things you can reward yourself with is endless, but I’m typing to make a point.
If you decide you want to get jacked up on taking action and getting out of your seat in business and in life. I would highly encourage you to read Grant Cardone’s book The 10X Rule. An inspiring book to be sure. Grant talks about setting goals for yourself that are greater than what you think you can achieve. then taking massive action towards those goals to find your true potential.
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