FYI | Day 9 – Action

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For Your Inspiration! (FYI!) Month 2011 – This article was part of an exciting and challenging month dedicated to discovering passions, setting goals, learning success strategies, and sharing thoughts to ponder throughout the day!  If you’d like to find out what this month was all about, check out FYI Month 2011 for more information!

FYI: For-Your-Inspiration Month!
“Don’t say ‘If I could, I would.’ Say ‘If I can, I will.” – Jim Rohn

Thoughts Don’t Equal Action

“I’ve got a great idea!  Wouldn’t it be amazing if… Wouldn’t it be perfect if…”

Do you have friends that spit out new and wonderful ideas, thoughts, or plans on a regular basis? Perhaps talking about starting a company, going back to school, or some other idea about following their dreams or improving the situation of themselves or others?  But then all you hear are more ideas and nothing in their life changes?  They are filled with thoughts but lack… something?

Lights, Camera, Action!

If Bill Gates thought about creating a graphical user interface for a computer’s Operating System but then decided it was too difficult, I probably wouldn’t be using Windows right now.  If the Wright brothers kept dreaming of flying while laying in their bed, I wouldn’t be on such an efficient flying machine as I write this.  If Mike Zuckerberg sat in his Harvard dorm room and dreamt of success without writing millions of lines of code, I wouldn’t have a Facebook Like Button at the bottom of these articles (or a Fan Page).

What is a main ingredient that these guys have that most people do not?  One word: Action.

A recipe for success is a great idea combined with direct action.  An idea without action is like musical notes on a page without an instrument to play them… they can’t fulfill their purpose.  Great ideas are meant to be acted upon.

What ideas have you come up with over the years and watched them fall to the wayside?  What dreams have you consciously squashed because you failed to act and/or feared giving up your sense of security?  Most of us are guilty of this at one time or another, but some have decided not to let it happen again, have you?

What holds you back or has held you back from taking action?

Your Task

What have you been talking or thinking about for a long time that you haven’t acted upon?  What can you do today to start fulfilling it?!

Stop having more great ideas until you’ve actually explored the ones you’ve had.  Great ideas are only figments of your imagination until you create them into reality and see them developing in real life.

Take one step forward with one of your great ideas and decide how you want to start developing it this year!  No more random thoughts and empty planning… let’s start doing!

“Action without vision is chaos, but vision without action is just a dream.” – Anonymous

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