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|Taking Action – It’s the Cornerstone of Success|
|Blog - Business Networking|
|Written by Karl Smith|
|Thursday, 22 September 2011 00:00|
To be successful, you have to do what successful people do and successful people are highly action-oriented.
People at the top of every profession share one quality — they get things done. This ability supercedes intelligence, talent and connections in determining the size of your salary and the speed of your advancement.
So many times, we plan to do things. We’re going to develop a networking or referral plan. We are going to start a business. We are going to implement our strategic plan. We are going to have a meeting. We are going to make the change. But do we act on our decisions?
The great Isaac Newton once said, “All objects are at a state of rest until an external force is applied”. Meaning; without taking action, everything else remains at a standstill. Every great accomplishment either in business or in life came as a result of certain actions executed by certain people in a certain way at a particular period in time.
Nothing simply just happens by itself, people make things happen by taking calculated and consistent actions. This is because in the final analysis, it’s not what you know or who knows you, thought and even plans that ultimately bring about success; rather it’s the eventual actions you took that brought about the success.
People who are successful will have an idea, they’ll do some research, some due diligence and then they will take action. Despite the simplicity of this concept there is a perpetual shortage of people who excel at getting results. But taking action can be difficult and hard. And so it’s easy to wind up in Lazyville or Procrastinationland. So how can you break out of such behaviour and develop a behaviour of taking more action? Here are 5 ways you can grow the action habit:
The difference between success and a good intention lies in what we actually do. If you want uncommon results, you must undertake uncommon action on purpose, with the right intent, taking responsibility, with persistence, with resolve, with passion and according to your plan. The world doesn’t pay you for what you know; it pays you for what you do. So are you “going” to do something? Or are you doing it?