Have you ever thought or said “oh wait I can’t do that I’m not ready.” I have been hearing this a lot lately repeated at various events, it is also something that I do my best to live the opposite off. I wanted to talk about taking action before you are ready, because if we wait what happens is that time never comes and instead in its place regret fills it. This came up from various sources around sales and entrepreneur mastery and creating the life you want. One of my mentors says that if you move then the ducks line up. What gets in the way of us not taking action is fear and if we can move past those fears then we can really do anything. Here are some cool action steps for you to take to get you where you are going.
1. Move and the Ducks Line Up
Move in any direction, just move. It is really funny what happens when we actually move in a direction and it is just picking any direction. Once we pick a direction then people start coming our way, more opportunities come up and your path starts to show itself. This personally happened for me, I chose a direction, I chose to move and it is amazing what and who started to show up, the certainty from going in one certain direction also attracted and continued to attract a certain type of person. Simply move. If you wait for the ducks to line up you will be waiting forever.
2. Act Now – The Time Is Now
Tomorrow never comes. Yesterday is gone. All we have is the present. When I was growing up we used to have a “Round Tuit” in the bathroom, it was a circular shape that was called a Round Tuit, it was a reminder that we now have a round tuit, and that you can’t use that excuse anymore, I’ll do it when I get around to it. A funny little metaphor that is something we constantly do as humans. We are professionals at putting off things, of delaying, or saying we will do that later. Act now and you will get there quicker than you think. Say yes and work out how. If an opportunity arrises and it is aligned to something that will help you get where you want or towards what you want then say yes and work out how. I have done this with talks back in the early days, people would ask me to give a keynote, I was scared, I was thinking I would stuff it up, but I said yes anyway. Say yes and act now as you never know where it will lead you.
3. You Miss 100% of the Shots You Don’t Take
While you can regret what you don’t do, you cannot regret what you attempted. Success is attempting and learning from the mistakes and doing something else. Take the shot. If you think about it if no-one took any shots in a basketball game how could they win? They must be willing to take the shot and miss.
4. Become a Pro Now
Once we actually start to think of ourselves as a professional something happens. We stand up straighter, we dress better, we speak clearer. I have put this one in here because while most of this is about taking action this one is about knowing you are a professional, thinking like a professional and acting like a professional. The more Pro you can become the more people will be drawn to you. If you are presenting a business opportunity or a sales opportunity then you need to be perceived as the professional. You are ready, you can become professional now. I was listening to a lady talk the other day at a business course about how she entered a competition 3 days after starting her new business. She thought like a professional and acted like one and won. Become Pro Now.
So it’s time for you to stop waiting, for you to take the shots. Act now and become professional now. It is your time to shine. You must be willing to take the shot and miss, or not get any shots. Start moving and pick any direction and the ducks will start lining up. Keep moving as much as you can and you will get there..
If you follow these steps you will notice you will get more done, you will get better results and you will make positive changes in the direction you are heading as if you just move, and continue to move, then everything starts to fall into place, people start to come into your life, you also notice opportunities that were always there but now you are noticing them. Go move.
So there you have it, how you can act when you don’t feel ready. Next time your feeling like your stuck, ask yourself, “How can I move past this?” “What small action can I take to get me moving again?” “What will happen if I don’t take the shot?” What will happen if I take the shot?” “What won’t happen if I don’t take the shot?” and “What will happen if I don’t take the shot?” These questions can get you thinking clearly and challenge the brain, likely the worst case scenario will never happen so you may as well take a shot.
What do you do to take action over and over again. Remember those key points and questions, take the shot, become pro now and move and those duck will line up.
What It Takes To Create Change
Creating change and shifting mountains takes a few things. Most people live a mediocre life because they are not willing to do what it takes. If you are reading this I believe you are someone who wants more, someone who wants to get ahead and believe in what you are doing.
Today I am moving my entire family on my belief. We were comfortable. Now I have made everyone uncomfortable.
What it takes to make change is immense.
1. You Must Have a Vision
Give yourself the space and time to manifest your vision. This really does shape your life and change everything. Know there is something better in store for you, whatever that is.
2. Have the Belief
You must know you want something greater than you are living. You must believe it is possible. Read success stories, read biographies, watch success stories of those who have already done it and borrow their beliefs if you need to. Without this belief nobody buys into your vision and that includes you. You are the most important person to sell this vision to.
3. Put the Stakes In the Ground and Make a Decision
Until you make a decision and back your decision it is just a dream. So many people have dreams and they never make the decision to fully go for it. Today is the day you need to make the decision to go for it. Burn the boats if you have to.
4. Get Really Uncomfortable
Sometimes it is all about pulling the rug from underneath your feet. Be willing to make the change and bring in loads of uncertainty. Change doesn’t happen in comfort. If you really want this you need to embrace the uncertainty that will be with you for a little while.
5. Once the Decision Is Made Do What It Takes
Since putting the stakes in the ground I have been doing what it took. It has been go go go. Everything has changed and I am taking all the steps necessary to create this.
How I’m handling it…
Your day will come when it cements the decision you made. I have a great sense of overjoy, excitement, happiness and fulfilment, I have created all of what is happening right now. It is an unbelievable experience to know that you are in control. No-one gets to dictate the way you live your life but you.
Yes there is a little bit of fear and self doubt that creeps in from time to time. Am i doing the right thing? I remind myself that YES clearly you are. There is anxiousness…. That if i have created this what is next?
I am experiencing a sense of achievement right now that is freeing me and allowing me and my family to move forward. It is liberating. I am living life on my terms.
This is huge and it is a bit unbelievable. Have I actually done that and is this real?
Most people told me to do the opposite. I saw what I wanted. I went for it. Now it’s my time. We all get our time. I have also learnt that there are ways to do things, ways to do things better, you do not have to do it all on own.
You get to make your decisions. You get to shape your destiny. It is absolute gold. That is freedom. I get to choose the way I live my life. So do you.