Your Action Plan (Needs Action)

A lot of people have good ideas but they don’t take any action to make them come to fruition.

I know this person who has called me up many times and said, “Hey, Ron, I have this idea… what do you think of it?” Sometimes, I would tell him I thought it was a good idea and other times I told him I didn’t think was a good idea. It really didn’t matter if I thought the idea was good or not because this person was never going to act on the idea or take any action that would bring the idea to reality.

The person I’m talking about is afraid to risk. He would never admit to this but in the last 25 years he’s told me a minimum of 20 business ideas that he had and he wanted to do and he has done none of them.

Action IdeaI always tell people that when you have an idea or you want to do something, the first thing you have to do is figure out what needs to be done to bring your idea to life or to complete what you want to do.

Once you know what it’s going to take to do what you want to do, you need to make a plan, or as I like to call it, an action plan to achieve it. The problem many people have is when they create an action plan, they forget the most important part and that is to take action.

No matter what kind of idea or thing you want to accomplish if you don’t take action, it’s never going to happen. You have to stop talking about it and start doing it. There are many excuses and reasons why people don’t take action to achieve the things they want.

One of them is they’re afraid of the risk, unfortunately there are no opportunities or rewards without risks. The best way I know in order to address the issue of taking risk is to ask yourself what is the worst thing that can happen if you decide to do this. The next question you need to ask yourself right after is what is the reward or the outcome if I do this and succeed. Once you’ve defined in your mind your worst-case scenario and your best case scenario, you have to decide if the rewards outweigh the risks and what it would take to rebound from the worst-case scenario.

The worst-case scenario rarely ever happens and when it does, it’s never as bad or as hard to rebound back from it as you thought it would be.

People often use the excuse that they’re too busy to take a chance on their ideas and dreams. I find that most of the time they are correct when they say they’re too busy. The truth is they’re too busy doing stuff that isn’t productive or beneficial to them.

Being busy taking a nap, watching TV or gossiping on social media is not getting you what you want in life. If you spend two hours a night and four hours on the weekend for 48 weeks out of the 52 weeks in a year working on your idea, you would have 672 productive hours on your project. 672 hours amounts to almost seventeen 40 hour work weeks.

Think about that in just two hours a night and four hours on the weekend for 48 weeks gives you one third of the amount of time you probably work your full-time job. How much do you think you can get done in that time?

Let me answer that question for you, the answer is a lot.

Something else that keeps people from taking action on their ideas and dreams are they want to wait for the perfect time to start. I will tell you there will never be a perfect time to start.

If you wait for the perfect time to start I promise you will never start. The only good time to start is now.

You must start even if you don’t think you’re ready. Once you start you will realize that you are more than ready enough to adjust what you need to do to keep on taking action on your ideas and dreams. The other thing that goes with waiting for the perfect time to start is over thinking your idea and what you need to do. Do not think your idea to death.

I’m serious on this, once you have an idea and you have a plan get started don’t wait for everything to be perfect and don’t over think what you have to do. Once you get started, what needs to be done next becomes obvious to you.

The regret of not taking a chance on your ideas and dreams will be a lot greater than the regret of calculating your risk and taking a leap of faith on your ideas and dreams and failing.

You never hear stories of people coming to the end of their life and saying I wish I
would’ve done less in life. What keeps you from taking action on your ideas and dreams?

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