This blog, taking action is the third part of working towards a vision.
Taking action towards your vision can be the easiest or hardest step.
Hardest, because getting over the hump of starting something new can be challenging.
Easiest, because after a short time of taking action, you will realise how easy it really is and how good it feels.
To give yourself the best chance for success an essential tool is to break it down.
Break it down
“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”
When starting something new it can feel like a really big undertaking.
That’s why it’s important to create an actionable steps list.
An actionable step must have 3 qualities which are:
- Have a precise picture in your mind about the step
- Have everything you need to complete it before starting
- It can be completed in one sitting or in one place
For example, if you’re trying to lose weight.
An actionable step is doing exercise or changing nutrition or both.
The picture in your mind can be completing an exercise routine, having a session with a personal trainer or learning how to make a kick ass healthy smoothie.
Completing any of these requires you to be organised – plan your exercise, book a personal training or have a blender and the right ingredients.
Any of these can be completed in one sitting and all of them work towards your larger goal of losing weight.
One of the keys to make it easier is to be organised, plan for success and that will make accomplishing your actionable step much easier.
This is just one example of breaking it down into bite sized chunks, rinse and repeat and you’re well on your way.
The faster you start, the faster you see results
“Tomorrow you will wish you had started today.”
There have been many times in my life when I intended to do something that day but at some point I delegated it to something I would do the next day.
When the next day came around, you can guess what happened… the same again.
We may resist change that we know is good for us because it takes us way outside our comfort zone.
A part of our critter brain recognises that uncomfortable feeling as danger or fear and that’s why it’s so easy for us to convince ourselves not to do what we have set out to.
Be aware of your tendency to avoid discomfort and utilise your greater sense of knowing when something is good or right for you.
All animals have instincts and we are no different.
We instinctually know when something will be beneficial for our lives, our intuition tells us but very often we don’t listen.
It is important to know the difference when something will be beneficial for you but makes you uncomfortable as it is outside your comfort zone vs when you are in danger and your intuition is warning you.
When you see a pattern that is repeating itself in your mind about something you “should” do, take note or just start doing it.
Like ripping a bandaid off, just do it quickly!
Every day is a new beginning, take a deep breath and start again.
When you’re building a house, it’s important to build on a solid foundation.
Make sure that you keep things in perspective. In the beginning take it slowly and don’t bite off more than you can chew.
At first when you’re starting to work towards your vision, view the first weeks or months as building the foundation.
Don’t burn out quickly because you don’t feel like you have the skills or resources to achieve it.
Life is short but also very very long, so play the long game with your life especially when working towards a big vision that you really want.
Accept that there will be roadblocks along the way.
Whether it’s one day, a full week or a full month before you get hit with a roadblock, it will eventually happen.
Prepare for challenges to arise and have a plan in place for when they do.
If you miss one day, get back to work as soon as possible because the longer you leave it, the harder it will be to get back on track.
Good results take time, so don’t let yourself become discouraged.
Final Remarks on taking action
Don’t be impatient – impatience leads to frustration, a lower quality outcome or potentially failure.
Whatever stage of life you’re at, this is the perfect time to start building habits that will last for life, or as long as you want them.
Know that you are capable and have the ability to achieve whatever you’re setting out to.
One last tip to achieving your goals is to say them out loud, if you keep it to yourself it’s likely that it will stay a figment of your imagination.
If it feels overwhelming, break it down into even smaller steps and only look at the steps, not the larger outcome.
Take your time, do it properly and most importantly take action now!