How to Become a Person Who Takes Action

Some people are born doers.  Some people are born thinkers.  Some think about doing and never get anything done.  There are many ways to become a person of action, and what works for someone else may not work for you.

Action people are usually people who are organized and can often seem to know exactly how to proceed from one project to another seamlessly and without effort while others flounder in a world of disorganization, haplessly moving one piece of paper to another location without knowing why.

At the end of the day, the doers typically still remain energized as they feed on taking action. The flounderers at the end of the day are still floundering and can’t understand why nothing has been accomplished but they still feel exhausted.  They step back to assess their day’s accomplishments and deceive themselves into believing progress is being made, when in realty little or nothing has been done.

Organization is an essential key to being able to take meaningful, progressive action versus just expending effort.  Whether it’s for your home or business, make a to-do list and prioritize it.  Put the most important tasks at the top, and each time you complete a goal or project, scratch it off and feel the satisfaction.  Don’t mark it off until it’s done.  No cheating or rationalizing.

When everything on the list is finished, reward yourself.  Even if you don’t quite complete the list in one day, go ahead and celebrate your victories.  This gives you something to look forward to and gives you incentive to accomplish more.  Again, be honest with yourself and only accept rewards when deserved.

Another approach to action-taking is to visualize your task at hand until you have the energy to do it.  Try sitting quietly to clear your mind of all other things and concentrate on your task or goal at hand.  See yourself doing the project in vivid detail.  Whatever the job entails, imagine yourself doing each and every step.

Thought can transform into energy as you focus your mind on one central goal.  Build up this energy until you feel it pushing you into action, with the added benefit of extra guidance gained from thinking through the details in the process, which will direct that energy more optimally than just rushing into action alone.

Just don’t fall into the trap of either being satisfied with the visualization in itself without any meaningful action taking place, or overthinking an action of lesser complication or consequence as a means of procrastination or a symptom of insecurity.  If you find that bigger problems have a habit of hindering you from accomplishing goals that should be more easily achievable, you may need to rethink your goals to address those problems first to build yourself a better foundation to move forward from.

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