Life plan? A plan without action is just a dream…

Life plan? A plan without action is just a dream…

Have you been stuck in a rut? A never-ending cycle of planning, researching, and starting-but-not-quite, only to end up back at the drawing board?

Take action

I have heard this time and again as I have followed several influential side-hustlers/entrepeneurs… “take ACTION”… *don’t wait until you are ready* … take action now, and adjust the plan as it unfolds…

There are so many aspects of life that this is true, but probably most importantly when you are trying to affect change in your life. Action forces the envelope, pushes you outside of your little comfort box, and is how we learn! So go ahead, make mistakes! Then learn from them, and continue taking action!

Taking action, with all of the imperfection that comes along with it, is better than finding yourself in the same place only years older…

I recently stumbled upon aAction blog post of mine from years ago. Written back when my blog was more of a journal. Upon reading, I realized a few things. My life plan was nothing more than a bunch of partially realized or unrealized dreams. AND most of those dreams remain true today, more than seven years later.

There is one significant difference. I am now desperate to take action.

 

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts, reading a lot of books, and doing a lot of researching, learning, thinking… and I know that I must take more significant steps than I have in the past. I need to stretch beyond my newer comfort zone, and THEN keep stretching.

There are a lot of great leaders out there. Each has their own way of doing things. Many have a philosophy that they have come to follow. The most common thread among those I have been drawn to: ACTION is much more effective than planning, goal-setting, dreaming. While it is important to have the eye on the prize, it should be evolving, and it cannot evolve without taking steps in a direction beyond the current state.

 

Resources that I have found useful:

Chris Guillebeau – Sidehustleschool.com; $100 Start-up; Born for This

Marie Forleo – B-School; MarieTV

Cathy Heller – Don’t Keep Your Day Job (podcast)

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About Trish

social justice advocate, blogger, amateur photographer, reader, cyclist, runner & swimmer, mom of two

  • Rebekah Stephens

    Action is the hardest part! I totally agree, I hope I can be a woman of action myself 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  • Tara Dubiel

    It is so easy to get caught up in the long-term goals or plans and try to get them to be perfect. Thanks for the reminder that doing something, even if it’s not the perfect thing, is better than doing nothing at all.

  • Herlina Kwee

    I am prone to analysis paralysis. I feel like I need to explore all possible solutions before going forward. My recent strategy to deal with it is to set myself a period of time to let ideas/plans incubate in my mind. Then, I take action whether I am ready or not and learn along the way.

  • Keri @flipflopweekend

    I appreciated this post as it is easy to get overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done to reach a goal. Definitely just take one small step at a time. Great reminder!

  • Such a great reminder, thank you! I get caught up in the planning so much that I forgot to just get it done and execute it!

    • It’s amazing how much “research” one can do!