5 Keys To Becoming A Person of Action

5 Keys to Becoming A Person of Action

Am I a person of Action?

Col Chamberlain – “My future is immediate I will capture it and carry it with running feet.”

Hesitation will never get you answers – John Maxwell – Only action will get you miracles!!
There is a point that you must move from action and intuition to moving out from answers with experience and intuition. You cannot always know the plan.

5 Keys to Action

1. Overcome Your Fears – fear paralysis’s action. Fear of failure keeps us from action – put the ask out there. What is the source of the fear? Take Action – Once you have identified your fear, you must act. Fear is the single greatest lid on activity. Failure is not final.
2. Prepare to make quick decisions – Calvin Coolidge stated that we cannot do everything at once, but buy God we can all act on something at once. Changing the world begins with a single act. Good preparation when it is aligned with who we are will pay off one day! When opportunity comes it is too late to prepare – Coach Wooden
3. Have a growth plan and work your growth plan – When you action steps are aligned with intentionality to your life plan – miracles will occur. Growth’s highest reward is not what you get from it, it is who you become through it. End of construction – thanks for your patience – Ruth Graham’s headstone.
4. Become an early riser – Mark Cole’s mother stated that something was wrong with her because she had to take a nap this morning even thought she slept 3 hours. I must be getting old! Thomas Jefferson stated “whether I go to bed early or late, I will arise with the sun! Action defines who you are!” “Determine to never be idle – it is amazing what can be accomplished when we are in action” T. Jefferson. The harder I work and the harder I work the more luck I have – T Jefferson. John Maxwell – Think until you think through!
5. Capitalize on your strengths – we all excel at something, leverage that to advance your dreams. Answers will become the by-product of movement.

Get Your Dominos In Order

The Power of Showing Up Daily

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As you think about 2018, what is the number one goal that you could write down right now? It is a goal that consumes your thoughts and imaginations. It is living into your fullest potential for 2018. The next thing to consider is what do you need to do sequentially to get to your number #1 goal? What are the small steps that will move you in the direction of that number #1 goal? These daily small steps are in fact cascading action steps that result in accomplishment.

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Is It The Process or The End Goal?

Habits

Your audacious life goals are fabulous. We’re proud of you for having

them. But it’s possible that those goals are designed to distract you

from the thing that’s really frightening you—the shift in daily habits

that would mean a re–invention of how you see yourself. – Seth Godin

Here’s the truth…

Becoming the type of person you want to become — someone who lives by a

stronger standard, someone who believes in themselves, someone who can be

counted on by the people that matter to them — is about the daily process you

follow and not the ultimate product you achieve.

  • Why is this true? Because your life today is essentially the sum of your habits.
  • How in shape or out of shape you are? A result of your habits.
  • How happy or unhappy you are? A result of your habits.
  • How successful or unsuccessful you are? A result of your habits.

What you repeatedly do (i.e. what you spend time thinking about and doing

each day) ultimately forms the person you are, the things you believe, and the

personality that you portray.

The most common mistake that people make is setting their sights on an event,

a transformation, an overnight success they want to achieve – rather than

focusing on their habits and routines.

The Apostle Paul stated it this way; “ I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 ESV. The idea of pressing into something first of all indicates a deliberate action – “I PRESS…” Someone or something is not pushing you, rather you are initiating the action upon yourself by the power of choice within you coupled with the power of God guiding you. However, understand, you act upon your deliberate choice.

There is a simple 3–step pattern that every habit follows. I call this pattern the “3 R’s of Habit Change” and it goes like this…

  1. Reminder (the trigger that initiates the behavior)
  2. Routine (the behavior itself; the action you take)
  3. Reward (the benefit you gain from doing the behavior)

This sequence has been proven over and over again by behavioral psychology researchers.

Essentials of Good Character

SELF-CONTROL

Success as a leader is built on the foundation of character

SELF-CONTROL

Self-control is the ability to choose to do the things we shouldunknown

“Self-control — our hyphenated English is frank and functional. There’s no cloak of imagery or euphemistic pretense. No punches pulled, no poetic twist, no endearing irony. Self-control is simply that important, impressive, and nearly impossible practice of learning to maintain control of the beast of one’s own sinful passions. It means remaining master of your own domain not only in the hunky-dory, but also when faced with trial or temptation. Self-control may be the epitome of “easier said than done.” – David Mathis.

“True self-control is not about bringing our selves under our own control, but under the power of Christ.” Consider…

“…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Titus 2:6

“…and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,…” 2 Peter 1:6

Essential Traits of Good Character

SELF-SACRIFICE

Significance Begins HERE

Success as a leader is built on the foundation of character

SELF-SACRIFICE unknown

What is it about self-sacrifice that breeds followers? Followers don’t mind putting in the hard work. They don’t even mind a leader making more money or reaping benefits from their work. What followers do mind, though, is when the leader is using them for personal gain. People of good character don’t use other people, period. So when a leader shows sacrifice of personal gain, it says to the followers that they are willing to come alongside of them—and followers reward that almost universally. A person of good character shows that they can give up personal gain for the good of the whole (Jim Rohn).

The highest ethical gesture is a sacrificial self-offering which expects no benefit in return. The good is, paradigmatically, a purified sacrifice, the purest sacrifice imaginable (John Milbank). Said another way; Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends – John 15:13 ESV.

Visualization

Significance Begins HERE

When setting goals, a secret ingredient is to visualize attaining the goal, keeping the thought of the end result in the forefront of the mind. Visualize holding that trophy, moving into that house, sitting at the promoted desk, holding a loved one’s hand while taking vows… whatever the goal is – visualize the end result.

See your goal in complete detail. Write it down. Draw it. Create a vision board so you can look at it as often as you want to remind yourself why you are doing all the smaller steps to get there.

Visualizing becomes a part of your here and now and allows your mind to accept the goal as if it has already been achieved. You will begin to see opportunities that were always there but are now noticeable. You will be able to accept new challenges and new ideas because you already see yourself at the finish line.

Visualization is what allowed everything around you to become real. Everything started as an idea in someone’s mind and then became a real tangible thing. It was first visualized and then it was created physically.

This technique is highly effective and a very worthy exercise in achieving your desires and dreams.

Start

Many people get ready to get ready. Maybe you would like to learn to play the piano. You research teachers in your area and maybe even call around for schedules but then you stop short of setting up your first session. Why is this? Why is it so hard to get started? It’s very simple. Fear.

Fear is a debilitating emotion that can keep you from reaching your full potential. We all have fears and many of us have learned that until we conquer our fears, we are stuck. We can’t start that project or that goal or achieve that which we so desire.

How do we start when we are scared stiff? Instead of working on the fear, let’s try a different approach and let’s look at the end result. Using the piano example, maybe this has been a dream all your life to learn but you never had the chance; circumstances got in the way. And now you have the time and you have the means to get the lessons but you are afraid. What if you stink at it? What if you are too old to learn? What if you can’t master the keys and the chords? So what! So what! You will never know unless you try.

Think about your vision, your dream of playing that concerto piece you love so much. Or playing that Billy Joel song. Whatever your vision is of learning to play the piano – that is what you need to focus on every day. Every time you get scared, every time you doubt yourself, see yourself at your first recital playing a piece you practiced for hours and hours, day after day and now you are ready to play for a group. Imagine yourself experiencing the enjoyment of reading the music sheet and then turning the notes into actual music – pouring out of the piano – imagine how that would feel.

Now is the time to start. No more excuses.

Risks

You set that lofty goal and you are ready to go for it but something holds you back. Something inside you says, hold on, what do you think you are doing?

Fear steps in and you become unsure of that goal now. You aren’t ready. This isn’t the time. Tomorrow, yeah tomorrow is a better day…

Stop! It’s time to reboot and remove the uncertainty and fear. Taking risks is part of life. It is necessary to achieve new levels, to achieve goals. If you want the most out of life, you will have to take risks and stretch yourself. Something worth having is also worth taking a risk for.

Here are 4 steps to help you as you navigate through taking risks:

  1. Evaluate the risk. Before you begin, see the end in mind. Imagine achieving your goal, imagine the benefits and rewards. Keep your reason for wanting this in the forefront of your mind – know your ‘why’.
  2. Know the obstacles. Identify what may get in your way and prepare yourself mentally so when you do come up against an obstacle, you are prepared.
  3. Begin your journey. No more getting ready to get ready. It is time to start. It is time to take that first step forward.
  4. Enjoy the journey. You may not hit your goal as quickly as you want and that is ok. If you achieve it too easily, it wasn’t a stretch for you.

Risk taking is a crucial part in achieving goals and living your dreams. You cannot get from A to B without taking a step. And sometimes there will be rocks in the road. Keep the end in mind and you will glide through the process better equipped for the journey.

Responsibility

There is a video trending on YouTube of a little 2 year old boy with sprinkles on his face and his mother asks him if he has gotten into the sprinkles and he denies it. She continues to ask him if he is sure he hasn’t eaten any sprinkles and he says no. She even asks him how the chair was pushed up to the counter where the sprinkles are spilled out and he says he doesn’t know. She then asks him if he saw anyone come and push the chair up to the counter and eat the sprinkles and he continues with his story of not knowing anything. She asks him one last time and he tells her he absolutely did not eat the sprinkles as a two year old can best explain.

Of course we all know he ate the sprinkles and we believe he pushed the chair to the counter and made the mess while he was eating the sprinkles. He wouldn’t take responsibility for his actions. He knew at that early age that what he did was wrong and that there were consequences to his actions that were not favorable so he tried the lying tactic. However he was only two and clearly not sophisticated enough to wipe his mouth clean of the evidence!

How often have we as adults been in a similar situation where we know the impending outcome to our actions is, on the surface, more painful than telling the truth so we skirt around taking responsibility and either deny or deny and then blame someone or something to take the heat off us? I can certainly raise my hand. I am sure you can too. Whether it is a little white lie or a doozey of a lie. We have all been in similar situations where it just seems like the better choice. But is it?

When we take responsibility and say – yes, I did that or, yes I forgot to do that, or I am sorry for what I did even though the initial reaction may be negative and depending on the indiscretion, may result in a severe punishment such as losing a job or ending a relationship, in the end, it is always the best decision.

Responsibility is defined as the state or fact of being accountable for something within one’s power, control or management. Everyone makes mistakes or indiscretions of varying degrees. That is part of being human. Taking responsibility is the best way of handling those mistakes and beginning the healing path to becoming whole again.

Progress

Significance Begins HERE

Every few weeks or so, my children hand me a progress report. It tells me how they are doing in school, what their strengths are and if there are areas that need improvement. Imagine if you could get a progress report every few weeks or so on how you are doing in life! Wouldn’t that be helpful?

If I could special order a report on my progress, I would want to know how I was doing with my relationships specifically with my spouse, my kids, my extended family, my workmates, my friends, my neighbors and my acquaintances.

Then I would want to know how I was doing with my job. How was I progressing in my career and how could I improve. Some jobs do check ins and annual assessments but imagine knowing more often. That would be so helpful for me to receive that feedback.

After that I would want to know how I was doing with my goals. How was I hitting my financial goals? How was I hitting my personal development goals? How was I hitting my health goals and so on…? You get the point.

This would be so helpful to receive a progress report like my children do. So I was brainstorming with my mentor and he suggested I create such a progress report and he would gladly fill it in as often as I needed it. What a thought!! So we did. And it has been an incredible asset to me to see how I am progressing through those things I hold very important in my life. Those things I want to improve upon. Those things I have hit spot on and now I can create new goals and targets.

Progress always seemed scary to me in the past because to progress, you must change and I was like a lot of people, afraid of change, happy with status quo but I really wasn’t. My fear of change, my fear of progressing superseded my desire for change.

Now I can add my progress report to my overall life map. Now I have those frequent check-ins to review which helps me tweak my behavior. Now I know I will hit my goals faster and more efficiently because I am receiving that feedback that is helping me progress to the next level.