To set some context – I am essentially talking about lifestyle changes and personal dreams. This may be exercise, fitness, health, budgets, careers, your everyday life, routine, habits and so on.
So what are these 3 simple yet big packing actions? Over the next few days I will be sharing on:
Definition, Discipline and Actual Action
Today I will be talking to you about point 3: Actual Action.
It all comes down to choice. Your dedication to actually take action is defined through your choice – but also the reasoning of why you choose to take action. In most cases, it will be because you want to change.
Being successful is not a necessity but a choice. Most of the things that frustrate us and irritate us are completely self-inflicted. They are standards and goals we set for ourselves and if we don’t achieve them we are disappointed, upset and annoyed!
So, instead of saying things like “I have to finish this work” or “I need to write one chapter of my book before I can go have fun” change it to “I want.” When you empower yourself to make your own choices these jobs and tasks become easier. Here are some examples:
“I want to finish this work before I relax with the family because I know I can then devote my time and attention to them afterward.”
“I want to write one chapter of my book because I enjoy writing and I will be happy if I achieve this.”
While at the same time it comes down to accountability.
Why is it we value other people’s opinion of us more than we value our own?
We let ourselves down regularly but are reluctant to let others down. If you want to take action tell somebody about it, tell someone you respect what you are going to do and ask them to check up on you. At the same time, it can do no harm to try to respect yourself more and deliver on your personal commitments. I have found that proving to myself and being accountable to myself to prove everyone else that I have what it takes, works better than simply telling people I will be better.
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso