We all want an abundant life (health, Spirit and finances). We all want big stuff to happen. We hope, we wish, and we pray, but we are often too afraid to take the actions necessary to achieve those things.
Sometimes the tools we need to make our dreams come true are right in front of us, but we don’t take hold of them. I may hope, wish, and pray I could build a fence in my yard and go outside the next day to find a stack of wood and a hammer– right there. I may return to the house and wish again that I could build a fence. The next day, I may step outside and find, not only the wood, but now a manual on how to build the fence. I can return inside and wish again for a fence, or I can start swinging the hammer and see one materialize. It all starts with ACTION!!!!
I may not know what I’m doing, but certainly trying to build the fence gets me closer to doing so, than simply wishing for one to appear before my eyes. Even incorrect action is better than inaction. That’s because when we do something, however incorrect it may be, we learn a lesson that can lead us in a better direction the next time. On the other hand, we learn nothing from doing nothing. Now, I’m not saying we should just go out there and do the wrong thing over and over and over again. That’s called “insanity.”
I’m talking about taking actions and then analyzing what we’ve done to discover where the breakdowns are occurring. Feedback helps us to do this. In my fence example, the feedback is my fence falling over. If I saw my fence fall down and then repeated all the same actions to rebuild it, undoubtedly it would fall over again. If I don’t adjust the way I do things, I don’t progress. We have to analyze our actions and adjust.
The best way to make the correct adjustments and ease our learning curve is to find a mentor who has what we want or is doing what we want and follow what she/he says. In the fence example, a contractor could watch me attempt to build my fence and provide direction on how to make it better. Thus, the fence would most likely be completed correctly the first time. That person has built a fence before and knows how to do it. As long as I follow them, I will have a fence that stands. When creating an action plan for whatever we want to do, we should find a mentor that has been where we want to go and follow what they say, so that we will succeed like they have succeeded. ACTION is what is necessary and finding a mentor helps lessen the learning curve.
These ideas came to me, because I have found myself suddenly energized to take more action. Honestly, I feel I’ve been kinda lazy, but now, because I’m so excited about the changes happening in this company, I’ve contacted 50 people just today! They may not all be ready to hear what I’m telling them, but I wouldn’t be seeing the great results from my new plan that I’m already seeing, if I hadn’t simply taken action and contacted all those people.
What do you want so badly right now that you haven’t yet taken any real action toward obtaining??? Go out and take the action on that objective! Even if you screw it up, you will learn what not to do in the process. Find a mentor that can help mentor you along the way.