“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” — Walt Disney
This is your month to take action. No more talking and thinking through your goals. Plan, Decide, and Do.
It is very sad to think about the quantity of loss experience and that we are still experiencing in less than one year. So much has happened this year. You are probably thinking, "I can’t wait for this year to be over." To be honest, many of us, including myself, did not begin the year with this thought. 2020 was going to be the best year yet.
I thought just today, we say Thank God it is Friday and before we know, Monday rolls back around. Maybe gratitude for the moment is the way to live. I don’t know. Let’s face it, we don’t know what next month holds, we don’t even know what tomorrow or the rest of this day holds. What we do know is this very moment is what we have. What will you do with this moment that is all that is promised?
I recently read that a decision is just a contemplation until you act on it. Hmm? Are you planning your selfcare goals, weight loss goals, self-improvement goals, that new business, tackling that degree program in 2021? Whatever you are planning is just a contemplation until you act. Why wait for Jan 1 to take action. Why not take action now. If it is a book you want to write, write the first sentence now, if weight loss is your goal, take your first 15 minute walk today; if it is selfcare, schedule that massage appointment or trip now; if changing jobs is your goal, start searching today; if starting a business is your goal, start the research today. Whatever is your goal, plan, decide, and act today. Stop talking about it, rethinking and rehashing in your head and get going. Your future self will thank you.
I recall once contemplating to leave a position. I loved the job and there was something pulling me to take a new position offered. I weighed the pros and cons till I exhausted myself. I decided to take the new position. The short version of the story is that I left a job that I loved for one that I was uncertain if I would love. Nine months later I was laid off from the new job. I could have chosen to be resentful and beat myself up for leaving the job I love. I however could not go through the experience that I longed for without deciding and acting on the decision. Yes, I cried and felt disappointed for a short while. Although it may seem as a horrible decision, that layoff led to my first experience as an entrepreneur/consultant and taught me many lessons. I share this to say, that you may not know what may happen beyond your decision. You will never know until you decide. The worst that could happen is that you learn a lesson or many lessons. You always win, you either finish or you grow.
Here are seven steps to take action now:
1- Be specific on the decision (Define it.) i.e. To buy or not to buy.
2- Set a date to decide (Don’t leave the decision making window open.)
3- Define your options (Pros and Cons)
4- Sleep on it. (Allow a minimum of one day to “sleep on it.” What is meant to be yours is yours.)
5- Decide. (Period)
6- Develop your action steps. (Ensure these steps are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely (SMART)
7- Implement (Don’t forget to consider how you will sustain the decision and to celebrate each step you implement.)
You can wish December or 2020 away or you can take action today to change your life, perspective on life and move forward on the purpose you are still here today to serve.
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Ilka is a #1 international bestseller author and a fervent leader with an extensive track record for helping leaders, communities and organizations reach their highest potential. She has spoken on many stages nationally and internationally. Many speak of Ilka’ stage engagement and motivational speaking as captivating and inspiring. She is the President of Corporate GOLD (Global Organizational Leadership Development Company) LLC, a leadership consultant, a leadership and certified emotional mastery coach, transformational life coach, trainer and an inspirational speaker. Her slogan is “Learn It. Live It. Lead it.”
ILKA is a leadership consultant, Transformational Life Mastery Coach, Trainer, #1 Bestseller Author and International Keynote speaker.