Leaders in every field agree that there is a shortage of people who get
things done. People who get results. That is great news. Itís an
opportunity for all of us. What that means is that if you want to move
up in your field, all you have to do is to start getting results.
So how do you do that?
By becoming a person of action. Massive action!
Having good ideas is not enough. Even having great ideas is not enough.
Ideas are a dime a dozen. However, people that implement ideas are
Everything that exists in this world is the product of an idea that was
acted upon. Even the chair youíre sitting in!
Successful people are active. They get it done. They donít waste any
time. They have an urgency about them.
Passive people are not successful. Passive people procrastinate. Put
things off. They wait for everything to be perfect before acting.
Well, Iíve got news for you. Conditions have never been or never will be
perfect. What if Eisenhower had waited until conditions were perfect to
invade Normandy? What if Kennedy had waited until conditions were
perfect before deciding to put a man on the moon? What if Columbus had
waited for conditions were perfect before setting out on his voyage?
When you are about to take a family vacation you probably donít wait
until all the lights are green. You get started, and you handle the red
lights as you come across them. Use that approach with everything else.
Do something. Get started. Move! Get some momentum going. If you donít,
youíll regret it and you will be filled with stress. Stress comes from
not doing what you know you should be doing.
Once you get started, once you are in motion, your mind starts focusing
on how to get the job done. As soon as you get in motion you move ahead
of the competition Ė all those poor souls that are still ďthinking about
Action produces confidence. Inaction strengthens fear. Just think about
when you were a kid on the high dive in your neighborhood pool. The
longer you waited to dive, the worse the fear got. But once you decided
to dive, the fear was gone and you spent the rest of the afternoon
diving. Taking action made it fun. Exhilarating.
You know what you need to do. Do it now. Get going. Get started. Youíll
be glad you did.
If you wonít do it now, do us all a favor and STOP TALKING ABOUT IT!
Ruben Gonzalez is a
three-time Olympian, a peak-performance expert, a renowned keynote
speaker, and the author of "The Courage to Succeed."