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 –; $100 Start-up; Born for This

Marie Forleo – B-School; MarieTV

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


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What do YOU want to get out of life?

A friend recently suggested that what further education I might choose to pursue really depends upon what my end goal is. And for many people that’s true. And while I acknowledge it’s a big expense for rather selfish reasons, the only true thing I want to get out of my education is to learning something! Something that I’m interested in learning about.

So I decided to follow-up on something I’ve been intending to do for a couple of weeks and read further into the site/movement I stumbled upon recently “The Art of Non-Conformity”, and specifically Chris’ “Brief Guide to World Domination – How to Live a Remarkable Life in a Conventional World *and other important goals”. Chris asks 2 Important questions: #1: What do you really want to get out of life?

#2: What can you offer the world that no one else can?

Before reading further, I want to attempt to answer these questions.

What do I really want to get out of life? This is a huge question. I wonder how many people really think about the answer?

I want to experience as many things as I can. I want to gain knowledge about the world around me, how people are living, and what their needs are. I want to be an agent of change, in a big way! I want to know at the end of my time on this planet that I was an integral part of making things better for those around me, and that my reach extended as far as I could take it. These are lofty goals, I know. And they seem beyond the scope of my abilities, yet a small part of me is certain that one small baby step at a time, I can get there.

I always feel like I’m drifting, I just can’t seem to set me feet down and take root somewhere, but the fact is when I reach a point of realizing that the change making process is going to do me more harm than it will do the good I seek to facilitate reaching, I move on. Selfish? Perhaps? Self-preserving? Absolutely.

Do I want this to continue to be a pattern? Absolutely not. In time I must learn how to overcome yet still maintain my personal well-being.

In the more personal accomplishments sort of vision, I want to travel the world, a lot. I want to raise children who also are change agents, compassionate and driven. I want to know that I have provided for my family, and myself the means to live a healthy life.

What can I offer the world that no one else can?

I think this is impossible to know from this moment, but in hindsight will be obvious. What I have to offer varies with every situation. Integral though is a commitment to care passionately about whatever cause I might pursue in any moment. Also, is the ability to learn and to feel a burning desire to share what I learn in a way that will be beneficial to society. I don’t believe I have unique skills, powers, or even knowledge. But I am certain that my perspective is and always will be unique to me. In fact it will be unique from moment to the next within my own experiences. Because the lens through which I view the world and each situation is ever-changing. I am committed to reflect upon those changes and move forward with confidence that I am making choices that match my values.