Challenge yourself, right up to the point where it isn't fun any more.
Color Commentary for Monday, January 21, 2013
By E. R. Haas
"The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer."
~ Nolan Bushnell
All last week we talked about the power of planning, and the steps you must take to move your goals off the calendar and into your schedule.
This week we will discuss accelerating your success by helping you take bold ACTION to move your dreams off the page and into your life.
Study Nolan's quote carefully. It tells you precisely what you must DO to be successful. (BTW This guy is very successful. In case you don't recognize the name, he created the world's first video games!)
My question to you today, as it was last week, "Are you now MOVING in the direction of your dreams?"
Are you living your MISSION?
If not, why not?
Movement requires you to take ACTION.
As I have been saying for the last three months, ACTION—not good intentions, excuses, explanations, reasons, self-imposed doubt, your comfort zone... whatever—is what it takes to transform your mission into clear goals... goals into rock-solid plans... and plans into a series of accomplishments.
How much ACTION do your goals see?
All month we talked about your goals and plans. Today, I want you to look at your Number One Goal again. What actions will you take to move closer to this goal in February?
Understand the importance of this Factor of your performance and you are well on your way to tremendous success. Fail to heed the advice contained here, and your goals will have a very difficult time even seeing the light of day.
Stop and listen to the audio track for this TQ Factor while you're reading the rest of this page, and while you're completing the exercises below.
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Engage your brain on as many levels as possible and
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Powerful Actions—One Step at a Time...
When seen in their entirety, complex projects appear too overwhelming.
However, even the most complex task is only a sequence of smaller, "do-able" steps that can be taken one at a time.
Isolate the individual steps, and begin them right away.
"Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
~ Carl Sandburg
Factor 10C's CONTRIBUTION to your performance...
A high commitment to this Factor of your performance suggests you are someone who gains immediate control over complex tasks by seeing them as a series of simple steps.
You work your way through big projects by reducing them to manageable tasks.
Rather than focus on the complexity of the interrelated objectives, you break each task down into its most basic parts—and get started right away.
This process gives you the confidence to take on the impossible, because you know that success is as simple as completing one "do-able" step at a time.
Factor 10C's COST to your success...
A lack of commitment to this area of your performance suggests you may have trouble taking action on complex projects. You may become easily confused by complex tasks and the apparent difficulty in achieving them.
By only seeing the big picture—in all its complexity—you tend to lose confidence in your ability to accomplish such a formidable endeavor.
Instead of breaking these tasks into individual steps, you remain mystified by the entire process—and delay indefinitely from taking that all important first step.
The BENEFIT of choosing to do Factor 10C more frequently...
By reducing a complex task to a series of simple steps, you go from overwhelmed to full speed ahead in nothing flat.
The quickest way out of this trap is to listen to your Act Now CD again and identify ONE ACTION that you can take NOW to move in the direction of your dreams.
TQ Ideas For Action...
Learn how to "Simplify The Complex to "Do-Able" Steps."
The following Ideas for Action represent some of the best thinking on the planet regarding this subject.
They're designed to inspire and motivate you to actually do this factor a great deal more frequently.
Spend some time reading each one. Make sure you understand them. Visualize yourself doing them.
Keep in mind, however, that these ideas will remain ideas until you put them into action.
What Are You Avoiding Because It's Bigger Than You Are?
When seen in their entirety, difficult or complex projects appear too overwhelming even to begin. However, even the largest project is simply a sequence of smaller, "do-able" steps. Take a deep breath, and then take action -- one step at a time.
Once you know where you're going, focus on the only step you can control -- the one immediately in front of you.
Are You Avoiding Your A1's?
If you're avoiding your A1 priority because it's just too monstrous, sneak up on it by taking bite-size do-able chunks out of it here and there.
Start small, but start immediately. Rome wasn't built in a day, and a monstrous project doesn't have to be either.
Take Smaller Bites.
Commit to finishing one part of a project at a time: the outline, the research or the actual written copy. You'll have accomplished a specific objective thereby creating closure for one step and momentum to start the next .
Make this day a checklist of do-able accomplishments.
The Bottom Line.
The year is in full gear and moving fast. You need to learn to take bold action if you are going to move your most important 2013 goal off this page, and put it into your life.
There are now just a little over 11 months remaining to make 2013 your BEST year ever. I highly recommend that you choose just one area of your performance and improve it. Today.
If you haven't already, right now is the perfect time to take a baseline assessment of your GOALS and your POWER to achieve them. I urge you to take the full 100 question TQ Test to baseline where you are now... and what you will need to do differently to achieve your goals this year.
-- E.R. Haas, CEO