How to assess the risk you face
“It is the duty of men to judge men only by their actions. Our faculties furnish us with no means of arriving at the motive, the character, the secret self. We call the tree good from its fruits, and the man, from his works.” Ralph Waldo Emmerson
All successful people are ACTION oriented people. This means that they are willing to go out and do the work required to turn thoughts and ideas into actual, physical results. Do they achieve phenomenal results the first time they attempt something? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
These people understand that every so called failure’ provides a perfect learning experience to help them move closer to a desired result in life. Being an ACTION TAKER is nothing more than becoming someone who is willing to get involved and experiment with new ideas. Some ideas work well, others do not. The world’s high achievers simply accept the fact that success is very much a numbers game… the more things they try, the more likely it becomes that they reach their goals.
The key is to make ACTION an automatic process in your life. By this I mean, when you find a goal or objective you would like to reach, you become the kind of person who begins immediately to move towards your desire. While many other people would hesitate to act and move into a state of procrastination, you would be well on your way to completing your set objective!
A word of caution. While I do believe that all successful people are extremely action oriented, this does not mean that they blindly act on the first zany idea that enters their mind. There is still an element of planning and calculated risk that must be considered in order to reach any major
goal. The DIFFERENCE is that the high achievers gather the facts and make a quick DECISION.
They then use the power of FEEDBACK to examine the quality of their previous actions, and adjust their route accordingly. Once again, they make another quick DECISION and fire away. They repeat this process until they reach their desired results.
Seems simple…so why do so many people struggle to produce the results they want in life? I gave a clue to the answer in the previous 2 paragraphs.
The reason so many people struggle to achieve their goals is that they have never made a committed DECISION. A firm DECISION is a mental move that anyone can make that makes ACTION automatic. As the commitment level increases, so does the intensity of the actions being taken.
As an example, let’s say you want quit smoking. One option is to make a personal decision and tell yourself, I am done with this habit.’ Another option is to create a legally binding contract stating:
“I will not smoke a cigarette for an entire year. There will be a medical team assigned to test whether I have any nicotine in my system. If I fail the test at any point, I will lose my entire life savings including my house.”
While an extreme and somewhat comical example, the truth is that it would likely work. If you were in this situation you would be forced to take any and every action necessary to help you kick the habit!
Wishing and dreaming versus action and implementation. That is one of the key distinctions behind this program you are going through now.
Many people who do personal growth programs simply stop at the dreaming phase. They think about their passions, their ideas to change the world, to improve their lives and then they read another book about motivation.
You are different. You understand that dreamers and doers are different people. You can strengthen your habit of being a “doer” each and every day by the actions you take.
My challenge to you is simple. Before you go to bed tonight, take 1 bold action in the direction of your major passions. Whether it is working on a new business plan, a new charity, an event you want to run, a trip you want to take.. do it!
Then, starting tomorrow, you do it again and you commit to doing it for the rest of your life. Why? Because it is your passion and this is what you were born to do. When will there be a better time?
Have you ever had an idea that totally captivated your imagination and inspired you to think about a life far beyond the one you are living today? If so, were you also among the majority of people who had that cynical, crybaby, negative voice pop up and immediately tell you all the reasons why this new idea could never come true?
Instead of falling victim to that defeating voice, try turning the tables. Picture that voice as a vicious enemy trying to steal your life, power and happiness away from you. Challenge the voice. Question its authenticity. Question its reasoning. Get pissed off if you have to. Make it powerless against your will.
Realize that you have the choice to replace that voice with a more encouraging, faithful and friendly one. A voice that will consider your goal not just a possibility, but a probability. A voice that does not look externally for validation before taking action, but rather, uses self belief as its driving force. A voice that realizes that any person who has ever achieved greatness had to do so against similar odds and that all things are possible to those who commit to their vision.
Taking control of your mind and eliminating any negative thoughts is never easy but this is exactly what you must do to enable yourself to allow positivity and change into your life.
Here are two great ways to de-clutter your mind:
A good starting point is to learn how to use meditation to help you find a more peaceful state of mind. Meditation is not difficult but it does take time to master your thought processes and to simply still’ the mind of all of its random thoughts.
Ten minutes a day can really make a difference although once you realize the many benefits and start to feel more relaxed and more able to cope with stress, you may wish to extend your practice period for longer.
Invest in a journal that you would love to write in and then capture all of your random thoughts in diary form and be sure to add in any outstanding tasks that have to be completed. By incorporating this simple process into your life, you will find that you are immediately keeping a track of urgent areas of your life and this will instantly make you feel more in control and more organized.
Writing down your thoughts or tasks will help you to be able to take the pressure off of your brain. How many times have you forgotten things because your mind feels disorganized and you have become forgetful?
It can be hard to remember everything that needs to be done and journaling helps to free up your mind.
Be bigger than your challenges and problems
Did you ever stop to think that you’ve always got something to say? No matter what question gets thrown at you, no matter how odd, awkward or bizarre the circumstance, you can always come out with a comment.
It isn’t like you have to stop and think what to say next. I mean, imagine if you were in conversation and you had to say to each other all the time, “I’ll just need a couple of minutes to think of the next sentence.” You’d never get past “Have a nice day.”
Now I know that sometimes you’ll say stuff you’ve said a thousand times before, but not every time.
Where does it all come from? With no delay you are able to create new concepts, new combinations of words, new thought processes and express them any time about any thing.
Do you ever stop to think how amazingly creative you are? Endlessly and infinitely creative, yet we take that ability so much for granted because practically all of us can do it. But remember too, your thoughts, your expressions, your constellation of ideas are precisely that – yours and yours alone. No one can ever say things, do things or express things exactly the way you do.
So remember, you are a unique creative genius.
Now doesn’t that make you feel proud?