Is This The Secret To Success

By David Dutch

I want to discuss a key that is vital in your quest to achieve your life goals.

Ask any successful person what was the definition of goals that enabled them to reach their goals and objectives that to the ordinary person appeared beyond comprehension, they will tell you they took action. If you do not take action on a goal or a dream it will eventually die. No amount of goal planning will substitute taking action.

Creating a decision making process and taking action fortunately is a skill that can be learned. Successful people do the opposite to unsuccessful people in as much as they use thgeir decision making process to make decisions quickly and only change them slowly, if at all, unsuccessful people make decisions slowly and change them quickly.

Unsuccessful people hear the saying ‘set your goals, but want everything in place BEFORE embarking on a goal achieving journey; they continually ask ‘What If Something Happens?’ Successful people ask ‘What if it doesn’t happen?’

Top achievers do not wait until every ‘i’ is dotted and every ‘t’ is crossed before they decide to take a course of action, they do not wait to ask how it will be done. Once they feel they have enough information to make a decision, that is just what they do, they then use the time on their journey to modify goal objectives, take different directions from those lain down when they were setting goals, even stop and re-consider. But they took the initial action to get going, un-achievers procrastinate and are subject to inertia.

It was Dr Martin Luther King who said, “Take the first step; You do not need to see the whole staircase before you, just take the first step in faith.” That is the same as planning a short term goal. Set your goals using your decision making process but do not wait until everything is in place before taking your first step.

You see there is no shame in failure or should I say lack of success. To successful people failure is only finding out that what they were doing needed modifying, they learn from the experience. Their objective is to keep their end goal of success in mind at all times.

I have experienced both situations, although I have always been known as a person who has a decision making process and makes decisions quickly, embarking on some activities that are doomed to a lack of success. But each time I did not succeed another lesson was learned; what I was doing was not the correct way to reach the goal I wanted. Time for analysis and modification then action – so what at least I was going toward my goal not sitting hoping something would happen.

There were times in the past however when I used to blame anything around me, people, events situations for my lack of success, I always had an excuse. Then I accepted one of the wonderful thing about our minds.

We cannot tell ourselves lies. Think about it, when you are looking to blame someone else for your lack of success isn’t that an outside thing, don’t you just know deep inside yourself that the responsibility really lies at you own door. The reason for your lack of success lies in your decision making process and your goal setting.

Remember when you point a finger there are always three fingers pointing back.

There are three types of people in the world as far as I am concerned.

  • Those that make things happen;
  • Those that sit back and watch what is happening
  • Those that say ‘Uh! What happened?’

To which group do you belong?

Fortunately for me I learned to take responsibility for my own actions, and everything that is in my life NOW is a direct result of ME bringing it into my life, no one else – ME!

There again it is amazing how little effort you need to exert to start off making things happen in your life. As you start toward your goal you attract more and more energy that drives you toward success.

Getting into action helps you maintain action; it’s the simple law of physics, once a body is moving it is easier and easier to keep it moving.

I can only use the analogy of driving a car, at first as you press the accelerator you move slowly but the law of physics takes over and the car moves easier and easier with less pressure on the accelerator (Gas pedal for our American colleagues).

Look at your goals you have written down. Just take one of them and decide to take action on it NOW! Ignore the fact that you haven’t planned out the finest detail, ignore the number of times your negative self tells you it cannot happen. Just DO IT! Choose a reward you will give yourself when the goal is achieved; no matter if it is just a goal to clear the garden of weeds, take action and you will quickly learn that the only way to achieve a goal is to take action in the first place.

As Marting Luther King jnr said “Take the first step in faith” this is where you can take your first step but only if you take ACTION! Goals plus action leads to success.

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