The 3 Secrets To Taking Massive Action
Let’s get a little primer in here to steer us in the right direction. Replace apathy with a deep hunger for success now. Let go of the thought that you are just another Joe or plain Jane. The ideal of excelling in a chosen area is distant. Grasp the thought of being in the exact place that you want to be. We will discuss the idea of holding the right mental images soon, for now simply begin to practice not doubting.
Fear can be crippling, but we can use our fear as a catalyst for motivation and change. Doubts have no use and need to be disposed of quickly and automatically. There was a point in my life when I hit rock bottom. I had been an extremely successful business man working within a corporation when I decided to branch out and start my own business. The plummet of the economy took the bottom right out from underneath me. I lost not only my business, but my home, car, and I was living with my aunt. The doubts came in and I thought, “Why did I ever believe I could branch out? Why did I think I could run my own successful business? Who do I think I am?” Doubt says, “You are ridiculous for thinking this is going to work.” Those are the doubts that must be disposed of quickly and automatically. God bless my aunt, who would not allow me to entertain doubts. She would not allow me to feel sorry for myself, or make excuses. She was never condescending; she would simply give the look that said, “Go out and get your dreams!” I combated these doubts with positive actions. I got on the phone and called more prospective customers, from a phone line in the bedroom of my aunt’s house. I fought the doubts by acting on what I was proficient at. I was adept at making sales. Eventually, I built my business back up and within four months was back on my feet. I bought my own place, bought a car, and was once again playing golf on Fridays. What would my life look like today if I allowed those doubts to take residence in my head?
There is that moment where we can check out or decide to start taking massive action. When we repeatedly act in such a way where we begin to see the dream we have for ourselves becoming a part of us, we begin to create the person we have been dreaming of becoming. There is no more time for second guessing, only time to rise to the next challenge and the challenge after that. We must start our journey of success now. In spite of many books out there that claims otherwise, there is no magnificent pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The luck of the Irish has not found it yet, and the last time I checked the Irish have not been that lucky. We have to get into another philosophy, and we have to get into it quickly.
Three Keys to Taking Massive Action
Remember that the opposite of action is procrastination. Either we are putting things off, refusing to handle business, or we are doing what needs done in order to achieve the results we are searching for. The dream or vision is just a result of our continued actions or state of doing. As time goes by, our continual planting of the seed will bring in the harvest of our dreams. We have all witnessed people or heard of people throughout history who have been able to accomplish incredible things. There must be admiration for more than just celebrated leaders, writers, entrepreneurs, executives of large non-profits, and masters of finance. Our generation needs its own dreams, and until we get a heart full of determination to accomplish the things we need to see in our time, then many of these thoughts and brilliant ideas will be lost. We are responsible.
1. Stop Doubting.
Have we been confronted with death? The thought of death could be involved in some of your dreams, and that is something you may have to weigh out. Is there danger involved? If you are going to be a crocodile hunter and get your own miniseries or reality TV show, that may be a real possibility. For many of us, there is no more real danger other than the danger of walking outside and getting in our car or on an airplane. Calling on clients, investors, philanthropists, and the like is not dangerous, but it is work. Going on a diet or doing some legitimate exercise program for a sustained time will not kill us, even if it sometimes feels like it will. Most of the fear we have is of failure and rejection. We worry about being misunderstood, and that our ideas will be rejected.
“A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.” -Bo Bennett
We no longer have the luxury of doubting ourselves today. If you have to procrastinate, then put off all doubts and fears. Every day, instead of doubting yourself, think, “I do not have time for that today, I’ll doubt myself tomorrow!” We do not have time to be afraid of realizing our true potential because we are too excited about mining it out of ourselves. How will we mine it out if we are not caught up in the actions of working on our plans? Every day of working on it brings it closer and closer until the success we have always wanted and dreamed of is ours. As we begin to systematically work on the problems and the things that stand in our way, the doubts that betrayed us in the past turn into tiny victories. Each victory is dynamic and refreshing in its own way. Suddenly, rather than doubting, we find that things are quite possible. If we have been able to accomplish this, then we can do it again and maybe even improve on it. Our doubts have to bow down to our victories. That is the beauty of each victory. Each little sale, no matter what size, says, “We got this.” Each goal, whether in practice or in a game, says we can do this. Each transaction, each deal, each house flipped, each patient visited, means we can do this, and if we can do it on a small scale, our minds, which are the most powerful thing we possess, can figure out how to do it again. There will always be set backs and failures that we simply walk over with our positive thoughts. Thomas Edison said, “Results? Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! If I find 10,000 ways something will not work, I have not failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward… Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Yesterday I sat in the office of a dear friend of mine who had placed two rocks at the front of his driveway. These rocks are the size of Volkswagens, and they overlap his property onto city property just a smidge, just enough to have the city calling and saying he has to move them. While we were sitting there talking, he played the message he got from a city official on speaker phone. The authoritative tone in the man’s voice immediately put me on edge. I felt fear for my friend at the urgency of moving those rocks before he got fined or some other stiff unseen penalty. As he hung up the phone, he looked at me and gave me a sly smile and said, “I’m going to fight.” Without even listening to his rationale, I fired off the possibilities of everything that could happen as a result of not complying. Without hesitation, he fired back the process he needed to go through, pointed out the fact that he may just win, and worst case scenario he would have to move his rocks back a couple of inches. In the meantime, he was going to enjoy having his rocks exactly where he wanted them. He had no fear or trepidation, just a cool, calm sense of doing what needed to get done. He used a plan and some action instead of tucking his tail between his legs and complying with what everyone else around him said must be.
I realized something about my friend in that moment. He is a man in the habit of action. This was not some chance decision he made. I thought about the man that he is, about the stories he had told me of unscrupulous business choices and the ups and downs of his industry. His tenacity in the family business spanned three generations. The medals in frames told of his service to our country, and then it hit me. This guy is in the habit of action. When we get knocked down we do not lie there, we get up swinging, and we swing with everything we have. There will be victories for men and women who do not let their fears and doubts control their emotions and their actions.
2. Have a Written Plan
Knowing what to do and doing it are two entirely different things. Before we can do anything we need to have a plan in order. A lot of excellent books have been written about effective planning and carrying that plan out. What works best for you is the best plan. I suggest starting by getting something written out. It may be five steps on a piece of paper, but get something written down and do it now. This is going to be the first step of action. Many of us have many things written down already, so this should be easy. Think about the order of importance while doing this. Put the hardest part down in that plan, the part or the step that looks like the most work. Maybe every step includes what looks like a little bit of work. If you feel like my idea of writing five things out on a napkin is not sufficient, may I suggest craw up an entire outline but write some things down.
No man sails a ship without first charting a course. Even Columbus had planned to sail to India and instead stumbled across something grander. Who could have imagined there was an entire continent between him and his desired destination? What pleasant surprises we discover as we begin our journey and start seeing the unexpected miracles that wait for us. The beauty of the adventure is in front of us; use your imagination a little bit. If you have already set sail, and all you hear are sailors on the verge of mutiny, disgruntled employees, upset customers, or grieving wives and children, then it is not too late to change direction and begin heading toward paradise. Nothing shall be impossible to the man that believes. Like my friend and his rock, with a smile, resolve yourself to fight.
A good friend of mine is an executive director of a non-profit organization. She accepted the role with years of practical experience and with the proper education in the non-profit sector. She planned and studied for years to be at a place where she could put her time and energy into empowering individuals, in turn seeing lives and the community change. Her education and experience, though, did not prepare her for the specific clientele that her new position served. What did she do? She accepted the challenge and put together a plan of action to not only serve those who were impoverished, but also wrote out a path to equip and empower those individuals to become independent. She then broke the goals down into a step-by-step plan of action of how she could be the most effective and affect the greatest number of people.
3. Discipline Yourself.
Now that we have stabilized the doubts and fears, and established a clear plan of action, this next step is the toughest part of all. The only way to attack procrastination is to schedule time for working the plan. Put this book down and begin to put your plan into action; be thrilled and ecstatic to see the changes take place in your personal life. Be thrilled at the chance to become the best sales manager your office has ever seen. Be enthralled with the success you may have with two years left on scholarship to become All-American and be drafted into the pros. Celebrate your hard work when seeing a life touched and changed by your charity’s dreams being realized. Unless you are truly able to consistently work your plan day after day, week after week, and month after month, the excitement and joy currently being felt will be wasted. This book will go on the shelf with the rest of the self-help manuals, and once again you will become dreamers rather than doers.
We cannot just think about and plan for success; we have to schedule our success. I’m not going to maintain healthy teeth unless I schedule dentist appointments and brush and floss regularly. As much as I hate it, no matter how late it is, I drag myself to the bathroom every night and go through a small ritual. I am now in the habit of brushing my teeth and washing my face. I have lain awake in bed, with the feel of grime and grit, unable to sleep until I go over and do the ritual. I pull myself up out of bed and trudge into the bathroom and get it done so I can go back to bed and sleep peacefully.
Our actions toward our dreams should be even more urgent and more disturbing. We should not be able to get a decent night’s sleep until we have actively pursued our goals and ambitions every day. If you can lay there without the thought that you truly lived today as though it was your last, then you can know you did not do enough today. We must schedule success. It must become a priority. Willingness to schedule must last throughout a lifetime if success is to become multiplied.
Sit down with a day planner for the year and figure out when you are going to make some time to work out your new reality. Perhaps some hours a day or more, weekends, or half a Saturday may have to be given up. We cannot leave this to chance any longer. Succeeding forever is not about putting things off, it is about doing every day what others are too daft and lazy to do – and you are not daft or lazy. If tomorrow never comes, then we can honestly say to our creator, “At least I died trying!!” I did not squander the talents and the visions put in my heart. I milked every second I had down here, and it was worth it. There will be plenty of time for rest, and it will probably be even sweeter as we learn to discipline ourselves for bigger things. What may be awaiting us once we begin down our new chosen path are plentiful rewards, things unexpected!! Many times I have heard stories of people experiencing abundance in ways they never thought possible once they got started. You see, success without measure is often called a miracle.