You have big dreams and big plans. You have educated yourself, set your goal and worked towards it. But, you see some obstacles in your way and you want to make sure everything is just right before you act, right?
That’s how we all get sometimes. It is good to plan, but there is never a time when everything is just right. If you wait for that moment, you will never take action.
But, Greg, what if I go for it and fail? What if I’m not good enough, or smart enought? What if I’m rejected? What if I lose my job, my money, my house and then my spouse leaves me?!
Well, that spiraled out of control quickly. Easy, Tiger. Take a couple of deep breaths. We all feel like that at times. But this is where we remind ourselves the simple truths that we often forget. If you never take action, aren’t you failing already? If you learn from a failure or a rejection, can’t you just take action again in a better way that has a greater chance of success? Isn’t taking action how you have achieved your success so far?
Has there ever been a time where all the worst things you can think of actually happened to you? No? Then, what are the odds that’s going to happen this time?
Aren’t all these objections to taking action really just a way we hide from our fear?
I just met a new friend yesterday who reminded me of how I wasn’t taking action and was giving in to fear. I have so many things I want to launch, but I find myself waiting until everything is just right.
He asked about how I got started in radio and I remembered – I took action.
He asked how my show became nationally syndicated and I remembered – I took action.
Then I started remembering how I wrote my book, started my blog and started speaking – I took action.
Everything wasn’t even close to being just right. There were obstacles in my path that I wasn’t sure how to get over. But, by taking action, things started to come together. I met people who helped me. I learned things that helped me. I gained momentum and confidence and kept taking action.
My new friend hit me with it hard when we were talking about how I could increase my speaking business. He said, “You should see if you can work with Dave Ramsey. He endorsed your book and you would fit in great with him.” I told him I agreed.
“Then why don’t you call him and ask — today?”
So, I did.
I also wanted to set up a speech at a friend’s business, so I called and asked him. I took action.
It was a little scary, but it felt great.
What have you been thinking about doing but you’ve let fear stop you? Take action.
You will be surprised how fast fear falls and miracles happen.
When you face an obstacle:
- Remind yourself WHY you are doing this.
- Create a plan and take some action right away. You don’t have to do it all today, but you need to do something. Get some momentum going.
- Continue to take action to overcome your obstacle – Do you need to read a book on it? Do you need to meet someone to get their help or advice? Do you need to schedule time to do the work? What action must you take to overcome this obstacle?
- Do something every day.
“When obstacles arise, change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.” – Zig Ziglar
Questions for comment: What have you been planning but not doing? How did you take action? What happened when you took action?