7 Thoughts To Keep You Moving Forward

1. Action is the foundational key to all success. Pablo Picasso
Without action, the dream never appears. I always asked people to imagine the success they desire, but we can’t dream ourselves to health and happiness, it takes action. We can’t hope our way to a new reality, we only get there through action.

2. In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. Dalai Lama
Everything is built twice, once in our heads and once in reality. Many goals fail when time for development is cut short in the rush to production. I can’t emphasis enough the importance of allowing adequate time to think through a new concept. Then do it, evaluate it, tweak it and do it again. Slowing down actually speeds up success.

3. Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie
Action is the test track of life. When we begin any new action we feel uncomfortable but with continued effort our comfort, conviction and clarity grow. When we practice to permanence, positive change is ours. Even with failure we learn but without action, we come up short every time.

4. Action expresses priorities. Mahatma Gandhi
We only have so many hours in a day. I often ask clients to list their 5 top life issues along with their 5 top time users. When we compare the list, real priorities become clear. When we work to get these lists into alignment we adjust our actions and move toward a more balanced and happy life.

5. Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Thomas Jefferson
Pressure reveals our true selves. When we squeeze oranges, we get orange juice. Sounds a little silly but only what’s on the inside comes out under pressure. Want to improve how we relate to the world? Change what’s on the inside first.

6. When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius
We eat goals and elephants in the same way, one bite at a time. Often people choose goals and time frames that will never fit. The SMART goals concept may be a cliché but it works. Make sure each step on the path to the goal is achievable and measurable within the determined time frame.

7. Follow effective actions with quiet reflection and from the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. Peter Drucker
Many successes come from alternative uses discovered during quiet reflection. Post-it note pads, corn flakes, the microwave oven, Saccharin, potato chips, Play-Doh all became realities upon reflection of a primary discovery.