Taking action makes you successful
I used to present seminars on goal setting.
In my goal setting seminars, I observed that a person might write down ten goals they wanted to achieve in a year.
Provided they took daily action on these goals, it was very common for a person to achieve 6-8 of these goals.
If they didn’t take daily action, they might only get 1 or 2 of these goals.
Daily action was the key to great results.
In one goal setting seminar, I asked all the people to write down at least 20 exciting goals they would like to achieve for themselves in the next 12 months.
I then encouraged them to pick one goal that really inspired them and write a list of 10 action steps they could use to get closer to achieving that one goal.
I asked everyone to pick one of these action steps and take action on it within the next 24 hours.
One of the people in this goal setting seminar was my 75 year old grandmother. (She had paid good money to come to this seminar and I noticed she was writing furiously and taking lots of notes.)
I asked her at the end of the seminar what was the one goal she had picked.
She told me that it had always been her dream to drive a car.
For her whole life, she had always been driven everywhere by other people as she had never learnt how to drive.
I was a bit surprised by this and asked her what her next action step was going to be.
She winked at me and told me I would find out tomorrow.
The next day, she went down to a car dealer and paid cash for a brand new car.
(Remember she had never driven a car in her entire life.)
My Grandmother then took 18 months of driving lessons (with some very patient driving instructors) and finally received her driving license.
For the next 12 years, she had the time of her life driving her car around the busy city.
My grandmother taught me many valuable lessons before she passed away at age 89.
The most important lesson was that if there is something you want you must take action.
Take ten minutes and make a list of at least 10 things you would like to do, have or be over the next 12 months. Look over your list and select one goal you would like to get started on.
Next, write down 10 action steps you could take to get closer to achieving this goal.
Finally, do one of these action steps each day.