If you want to know how to be more action oriented then you’ve come to the right place, because this article is all about red hot action. It’s about learning how to become action oriented and getting motivated to start taking more action on what we really want in life.
So, if you’re someone who overthinks things, or gets caught up and paralyzed by analysis paralysis more often then you’d like to admit, then you’ll love what this article has in store for you. In short, this article is for you if you want to know how to be action oriented and if you’re ready to become an action taker.
So, if you’re ready, then let’s dive in:
The Only Action That Matters
First things first, we need to get clear on what action is. Now when I say action, I am not talking about movement, or just doing more of the same old things that you’ve been doing.
When I say action, I am talking about encouraging people to tap their fire. I am talking about digging deep to discover what that THING that brings you most to life is, and then taking action, fearless action towards bringing that dream or possibility that lights YOU up the most, to life.
Put another way, I am talking about the action that moves you closer to reaching your big life goals.
To give you a better sense of what I am talking about, let me tell you about a story my mentor would always use.
Motivation From a Mentor
This mentor would always speak about this poem that his father would post on his fridge when he was growing up. His father posted this poem on the fridge so that he and his brother could see the words from this poem every day before going to school.
Here is what the poem read:
“Spring has past, Summer has gone and Winter is here…. And the song that I meant to sing…. remains unsung, for I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument.”
My mentor would go on to reveal how his father would later tell him exactly what that poem meant.
He said that the poem was written by a man whose heart was filled with regret over a life half lived.
The man was always getting ready to sing the great song of his life, he was always getting ready to start achieving, he was always getting ready to start fulfilling all the possibilities of what his life was meant be. But he got busy being busy.
That poem and the way my mentor expressed it, was such a powerful reminder to me….to pursue all that we want in this life.
In fact, I tell it to you now, because it encouraged me to not back down from my aspirations, and most importantly, to just GO for it.
So, that’s what I want to put urgency around today, taking action. And like I said before, not just any action, but action on the things that really matter to you, and your life. ACTION on the BIG Things!!
Action on those ideas, dreams, and aspirations that you have, the one’s that you’ve yet to act on.
You know what I am talking about. I am talking about getting started on that book you’ve always wanted to write, or the business you’ve always dreamed of starting, or that position that you’ve secretly wished you could obtain.
I am talking about taking ACTION on those things you REALLY, REALLY Want, but for some reason have yet to take action on.
Life is too short and precious to just sit on those good ideas you have….to just sit on those dreams that you really, truly, deeply want to pursue. Life is too short to not be fearless for what you truly and deeply want.
Ideation without Execution is nothing more than delusion……. Let’s stop being part of cult of the delusional, the cult of mediocrity!
Instead…choose to be one of those braves souls who walks out there an executes flawlessly around your ideas. Please…consider being one of the brave and bold who actually GO FOR IT.
Last I checked, there was a survey that said…. 70% of all employees hate their job. If this is you…take ACTION to change that. Don’t just coast along and be unhappy doing something you hate.
GO Find a job you like, strike that, find one you LOVE. Go pursue that dream project you’ve been dying to do! Whatever you do, just make sure you’re not sitting there wallowing in your misery. You deserve better than that!! Take action and go get your happiness….
I read some time ago an article on the Guardian, that mentioned the number one regret of the dying, was that they wished they had the courage to live a life true to themselves, not the life others expected of them.
Jeff Bezos once said… “ I knew that if I failed, I wouldn’t regret that, but the one thing I might regret was not trying”.
If your trying means starting a business, well go start a business. If you don’t know where to start…well take action on finding out where to start.
If it’s writing a book, well get going on writing it. TAKE SOME ACTION…. any ACTION.
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With that being said, here’s a short list of actionable steps that you can use to become more action oriented, starting today. So here we go:
5 Best Ways to Become More Action Oriented
1. Hunt for Your Time
What do I mean by this? What I mean is…Pay attention to how you’re spending every minute of your day…. make every minute count!
Pay attention like you are on the hunt…. When you’re hunting, all your senses or ON. You’re hyper focused, you see, feel, and hear everything! You must show the same vigilance with your time…. Your time is the prey.
We have only so many minutes in a day… and when we aren’t being vigilant with our time, we squander possibilities for taking the action that is necessary for creating the change we want in our lives. Be on the hunt for your time, then make the kill (take ACTION)!
2. Take Action Quickly
The faster you take action on an idea… the more likely you are going to take continued action on that idea or project that is going to create the results you’re looking for in your life. When you start to take action quickly, everything will start to change for you!
Don’t end up on some day island. Some-day island is that place that many people end up on, because they always say…or I’ll get to that thing, project, dream someday… and as a result, they become permanent residents of someday isle.
3. Act on Your Intuition
Trust your gut…. listening to your instincts is huge. In fact, if you are feeling unhappy, disgusted, bored, or whatever, those may be sign posts that you should pay attention to. Listen to what your intuition is suggesting as an alternative…. then ACT on those suggestions.
When you practice obeying your internal nudge, you’ll start to become happier, and you’ll positively impact those around you.
4. Take Action Daily
Momentum is critical……without out continuous action, you’ll never make any progress on your goals. This is a challenge for many people, but, it is a must. So, if you have trouble staying consistent with taking action, scale down on your action.
If you can find a way to take even the smallest actions, you will be better off than if hadn’t taken any action. Ultimately, you will soon be making huge strides in comparison to your contemporaries who don’t or won’t take action.
5. Take Action Now
The right time….is always right now!!! Identify the risks involved, identify the fears you may have, and then smash through those suckers like a human wrecking ball!
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BONUS Tip on How To Be Action Oriented
Here’s our last tip, and it is by far the most important step you could take if you truly want to know how to be an action oriented person. This step, if done right, can transform you in an instant.
I recommended following your dreams and I gave you some practical steps that you could apply to help you take more action. But all of those things revolve around your doing this:
Create for yourself and goal or vision that excites you. Sure, following your dreams is a part of that, but until you plan out how you go about obtaining that vision, your efforts will be look warm.
So, create a vision that is exciting, and then put that vision down on paper, along with when you intend to achieve it. Then, let that vision pull you into action. But don’t just take my word for it, it’s sage advice that even the late and great Steve Jobs recommends….
I am going to leave you with a few quotes to ponder, to keep you lit and fired up for taking action on your dreams and desires. This quote is by Bono, the legendary lead singer of U2, and he said: “The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape.”
I love this quote… so what does it mean? It means, we have more power and ability to craft our lives into the amazing life that we’ve up until this point dreamed it to be.
This last quote is by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and he stated: “In this world, a man must be either an anvil or a hammer”
What I take from this quote, is this…. when you are taking action towards your dreams, your wants, your hopes, your happiness, YOU BECOME the hammer. Take action my friends…. BECOME the hammer, and start forging the life you’ve always dreamed of, start molding your masterpiece… YOUR LIFE!!
Alright my friend, I hoped you got something from this article. I hope it has primed you to at the very least take some action, today.
Till next time,
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