Motivating Yourself to Take Action!
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Anthony Robbins, one of the world's most well-known motivational speakers, states: "A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided." No truer words have been spoken! Pontificating on possibilities may be fun as a past-time, or a casual hobby, but when you desire true results, you must take action!
What separates the "haves" and the "have-nots" of our society? According to Greg Stevens, president of WinOvations, a new product research and consulting firm in Midland, Michigan, "Out of 3,000 ideas... only about two products are ever actually launched..." So, what do you need to do to ensure that you don't become one of the 2,800 people who get left behind?
Record Your Ideas
You've had an incredible epiphany! There is a service or a product out there that people desperately need, and you've suddenly come up with the greatest possible way for them to acquire it. Better yet, this strategy stands to make you a lot of money. What do you do now?
Your first step should be to record your ideas somewhere that will be easily accessed and simple to edit. No idea is perfect from the very beginning. It can take several revisions and improvements to an original concept before it's been polished to near perfection. You should make a note of your ideas, and in this day and age, you'll want to do it digitally, so that it can be easily delivered if need be. That means you need to use your application of choice (i.e. Microsoft Word, One Note, Mindjet) to save your new idea along with all subcategories that you can think of as you brainstorm.
Seeing your thoughts on paper makes it real. It gives you the incentive you need to continue to work on the idea and see it come to fruition. Being able to go back to your concrete document and reevaluate what you have already written will allow you to make honest assessments of the concept once the excitement and newness has worn off.
Share Your Ideas
Many of us are motivated by accountability. Webster's Dictionary defines accountability as follows: "An obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions". In other words, did you accomplish what you said you would accomplish?
As Dr. Stephen R. Covey, recognized as one of Time Magazine's 25 most influential Americans, has said many times in the past, "Accountability breeds responsibility!" The easiest way for us to become responsible for the rapid and thorough implementation of our greatest ideas is to tell a few friends about it. Not just any friends, mind you. Find three or four close friends or business contacts who hold success, finance, and achievement at as high a level as you do, if not higher!
This handful of people will end up being your accountability team. When you tell them about your plans and what you intend to do, the next time you encounter them, they will likely ask you about your progress. For this to work best, you must choose people that you can’t easily avoid, who's opinions you respect, and who have proven to be successful themselves in the past.
Create a Game Plan
In order to begin to take your ideas from daydreams to reality, you have to have a strategy. A plan of action is what is called for to optimize your success. Take some time to draw up an outline. What is the first step that would need to be accomplished in order to bring your idea to pass? What steps are involved in completing that task? Can you get others to help you? Which jobs will you need to finish, and which could you delegate to others to quicken the process?
Football teams don't get to the Super Bowl by envisioning a winning game in their head and then running out on the field with no specific method of approach. They spend hours practicing certain game plans, studying video of the other teams' plays, and listening to their coach to compile the best technique possible to win the game. In order to be a winner in whichever field you are pursuing, you must be willing to do the same.
Approach Your Idea with Enthusiasm
Your ideas are worth getting excited about! Best-selling author and personal development coach, Mr. Les Brown says it best: "I advise you to say your dream is possible, and then overcome all inconveniences, ignore all the hassles, and take a running leap through the hoop, even if it is in flames." Now that takes enthusiasm! When we are eager and excited about something, we approach it with a fervor unlike anything else. We don't tire quickly, and we are not easily put off by initial rejection. Start each day with a plan, and execute it until you see results.
If you can spend hours, days, and years on end working for someone else and helping them to achieve all of their dreams for a paycheck, why can't you work just as hard at your own dreams? Isn't it worth it to you to be able to say that you believed in yourself enough to take action and bring your own ideas to pass? How long will you wait before you start to take the first step in achieving your true potential? Record your ideas, share them, and approach them with enthusiasm, and you too could be the next great innovator of our time. Why not? What's stopping you? Take action, now!
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