It’s all about action. There are 3 rules for success.
- Take action
- Take more action
- Take even more action
Easy to remember? Those are my three most important rules, because that is exactly my weakest point! I wrote a blog post a while back about hitting the snooze button on life. That is what I was doing – I kept putting off acting on something, until I knew a bit more, or had studied further or ….. whatever other excuse I could think of
I think the biggest thing that stops us (well definitely me!) from taking action is fear of failure. That comes from a basic misunderstanding of the nature of failure. We are conditioned, to think of failure as a bad thing, and we take it personally.
Failing at something says absolutely nothing about me – it tells me about my methods or strategies! My kind of default response to failure used to be – “I’m useless / lazy / incompetent / pick a bad thing”!
My new response is to get curious, and wonder – hmmm – what could I change? What can I do differently to get a different result?
In fact, failure is essential for success! If you want to change, you have to try something new, and of course, that involves learning new skills and making mistakes.
I first started work as a trainee accountant a long time ago. Pre computers! Yes I am really old! Everything had to be written up manually – that’s right – long hand with a pen, in these big old ledgers. At least it wasn’t a quill pen, we had moved to ballpoints by then. I made so many mistakes, and of course there was no “undo”. Luckily, tipp-ex had already been invented, but some of my pages had so many layers of tipp-ex that it was almost impossible to write on eventually. The only thing that kept me going was a sign in the trainee’s office that read:
“A person that never makes a mistake, never makes anything”
If that sign had not been there, I would have given up. Imagine my surprise during my second year, when one of the partners said that I was the best trainee accountant that he had ever worked with!
As far as taking action is concerned – small actions sustained over a period make a huge impact. I love what Rich Litvin (one of the world’s top coaches) has to say about this “I love to help my clients dream bigger than they ever thought possible, and to take smaller steps than they have ever taken before.
That has now become my methodology – with myself and with my clients. Setting amazing exciting goals, and taking really, small steps and the results are astonishing!
If you would like to learn more about this please send me an email and I will contact you.