Are you more of a talker than a doer? Do you like to plan before putting your ideas into action? To stop taking forever on these issues that concern you, this little book will help you focus more on the “doing” part. It contains close to two dozen simple points to help you get your act together. You will certainly go further with less talk more action!
Talking is great to create a certain reality that we want other people to believe in and live by, to encourage, convince others, or persuade them. But, if we want to create real impact, we need to start creating stuff, good stuff.
That is where actions come in handy. On the contrary to just saying empty words, doing is the action when we deal with the matter and its physical resistance. Actions are not easy because they take lots of time, effort and energy to be accomplished with desirable results.
Words are blown away with the wind
Words are blown away with the wind. You can say over and over again that you are going to take on the greatest project of your life, but if you act, you will never see it carried out. Action is necessary for any plan to move forward.
The sacrifice of those who can risk everything and take the step from words to action is the only thing that, in the end, is rewarded. Don’t think that just because the path is a difficult one that it is not worth taking. Throughout the journey, you will experience small successes that will fill you with satisfaction and motivate you to reach your final goal. Don’t just stand there, staring into the distance, talking and hoping that everything will just happen, because it won’t.
“Act instead of asking. Sacrifice yourself without any hope of glory nor reward. If you want to see miracles, make them yourself. Only in this way can you reach your unique destiny.”
-Ludwig van Beethoven-
No action means no mistakes, but it also means no success
All those who remain to talk about their great ideas and projects without doing anything are those who will never make a wrong move but will also never succeed. Nothing comes to you by chance; everything requires effort.
Although great geniuses like Isaac Newton may have made their revolutionary discoveries and contributions to science with a certain amount of chance, it was not because they sat around and waited for something to happen. They talked, but they also worked. They theorized, and they took risks. They were prepared.
Although success can come when least expected, these geniuses knew how to see it, take advantage of it, and broadcast it. Their discoveries may have been seen by any other person who simply was not capable of seeing them.
Start without regret
When someone decides to start something, a moment may come in which they regret it. They will experience difficult moments in which they may prefer to have never started something, in which they wish they could avoid errors and suffering. However, the rewards of those who are brave enough to take the chance are much greater than those who are too cowardly to even try.
It is inaction and immobility that reap no rewards, and instead generate fear. To live always feeling trapped, fleeing from anything challenging or ambitious, does not lead to greatness, happiness, or a feeling of pride in your accomplishments.
“It is worth much more to act and risk regretting it than to regret having done nothing at all.”
Finally, regretting not having done something is much worse than having done something and making a mistake. You will always know that at least you tried. You did everything you could to reach your goal, your objective. On the other hand, you will have to confront the constant doubt of what could have been but was not.
Don’t remain frozen, don’t hesitate, before getting started. Don’t even allow yourself a day in which you only talk about your big ideas and take no action. This will only make you feel extremely frustrated and sad. Don’t let fear paralyze you and prevent you from enjoying life as much as possible.
Communicate your vision
Having vague ideas is not enough. You have to have a clear vision that you can put on paper. Documenting your vision is not enough. You should also prepare a systematic plan of action to work on it. Join hands with people who have similar dreams and are willing to work towards them. Learn to communicate and discuss your vision with like-minded people and take concrete steps towards converting your dream into reality.
Stay focused to quit talking and start doing
Once you know what you want to do, just go ahead and do it. You have to remain focused on your vision. Let your mind not be like a butterfly that keeps on flying from one flower to another. Keep a check on your screen time. Along with a focus, you also need a strict disciplinarian approach. You have to understand the importance of urgency and must know when is the right time to strike the hammer.
You have to be passionate about what you are planning to do. Passion for something can be a real driving force. It can make you take quick steps that will bring you closer to your dream. Always keep in mind the purpose for which you are doing something and how this is going to change your life for good. This passion and inspiration will act as fuel and will help you in striving harder for your dreams.
Take one bite at a time
If somebody were to ask you ‘How do you eat an elephant?’, you should reply ‘One bite at a time. Most of us talk about big things and we want these things to materialize in one go. But you must remember that “Rome was not built in one day”. Instead of just talking, start taking small steps towards your goals. They may appear minuscule but they can have a very strong impact on your ultimate dream.
Great inventors did not go around telling the world what big plans they had. Instead, they worked hard to invent those things. They showed the world their inventions and not just their great plans. Therefore you too should learn to talk less and act more. Stop trying to prove to the world that you are brilliant by only talking about your bright ideas. Instead, show them how you shaped those ideas into reality.
When you try something new, there are chances that you might fail on the first attempt. Don’t be demoralized by that. You must remember that failures are also a part of life. Use these failures as stepping stones towards building a better tomorrow. Learn to accept the mistakes that led to your failure. Take lessons from these mistakes and failures and work towards your goal. Do not be afraid or feel ashamed to start all over again. Let that spider that inspired King Bruce inspires you as well. So stop talking and start doing. Try and try until you succeed!
You may have the most magnificent ideas but they are of no use if you cannot bring them into reality. Therefore, instead of just talking big, think big and take appropriate action towards realizing your big dreams. With faith, patience, and perseverance nothing is impossible.
You’ve probably heard the saying “Action speaks louder than words.” It’s true. If you want to be successful, they talk less and take action more.