I never worry about action, but only inaction. – Winston Churchill

The older I get, the more I'm learning that I will not be able to accomplish my dreams or to fulfill my calling unless I take action.

Taking Action involves the following:

1)  Discipline

2)  Pressing through fear

3)  Focus

4)  Overcoming fear of others or your own thinking.

I declare today that I am a person of action.  In the coming months, I plan to put my words to action in doing things I've never done before. 

What are some areas you need to take action in?

— Don’t Worry About Action

Odd Hours

For some reason, I can always get more done during the odd hours.  

I can write better at 1:30 a.m. than I usually can at 1:30 p.m.  

I can knock out website changes or development better at 5:00 a.m. than 5:00 p.m.

I believe what it really boils down to is the lack of distraction.

My wife and I usually get the kids down for bed by 8:00 p.m.  After that,  there is a sense of calm in the house and it is a great time to get projects done.

After they are all asleep, they stay in bed until about 7:00 a.m.  This means that if I wake up around 5:00 a.m., I have a solid 2 hours that I can use to get things done.

I'm currently writing this post at close to 1 a.m.  I just got a burst of energy all of a sudden, so I figured it was worth writing a few blog posts as well.

My next step is to really focus during these hours to get books, eBooks, and other projects done and out to the market.

Stay tuned!

All You Have to Do is Ask

One of the best pieces of advice that I have heard someone give to a young person is to learn communication skills.

When I mention communciation skills, I know you may be thinking about being able to hold a good conversation, public speaking, and being able to write.

These are all great skills, but one that I believe is absolutely necessary is the ability to ask great questions.

With great questions, you have the opportunity to get great answers.

The worst thing that could happen in a YES/NO question is getting a NO answer. 

But what if you ask for something and the answer is YES?

I have been in situations where my finances were tight and I simply asked a business owner if they would be interested in bartering.  

Without much hesitation, they did and I kept all or most of my money.

As you're going through your day today, please think about some of the things you want.  Think about what questions you should ask others and yourself to get or to accomplish these things.  

Make a decision to ask the questions and do it!

Question:  What are some  of your current goals that could be reached through the power of asking?

 

 

Learning While Burning

Nearly every Saturday, I get up early and prepare myself for a day away from my day job.

By the time that day comes, the grass in my yard is pretty high and the yard is time for a cut.  I get out my weed-eater and lawnmower and it's "on like Donkey Kong".

In addition to getting the lawnmower out and the other yard tools, I also grab my earbuds because it is time to get in some education and inspiration as well.

Every Saturday for the past few months, I've listened to one or two podcasts from people like Dan Miller, Dave Ramsey, Michael Hyatt, Andy Andrews, and others while I cut the grass.

I like the fact that I'm burning calories and learning ways to improve myself and my business as well.  

This is just one of the ways that I'm moving toward accomplishing my goals. It's more efficient because I can work on two goals at once

Question:  Are there any ways you multi-task to accomplish your personal and/or business goals?

What Good Does Complaining Do?

We have all been there at some point.  Someone treats you unfairly.  Someone doesn't understand you or your decisions.  

It is a part of life and sometimes it can be aggravating…so what do you do?

Here are 5 ways to avoid complaining and to take better action:

1)  Focus on what is really important – sometimes, it is just better to place your thoughts on other things.  Sometimes the things we complain about are not really that important and we shouldn't devote much time to thinking about them.

2)  Change the way you speak about problems – the way to speak about problems to others can sometimes perpetuate our feelings and cause us to complain even more if we are not careful.  Talk less about problems and talk more about solutions.

3)  Look for opportunities in trials – difficult times happen for a reason.  While we are going through difficult times or after we come out of them, we can look for lessons that we can learn during that season.  We should come out stronger after every trial.

4)  Recognize that complaining won't change the situation – think about it, does more complaining make the problem go away?..of course not.  In the end, complaining just makes you feel worse anyway, so it makes sense to avoid it.

5)  Take action – many times, the things we complain about are things that we have some control about.  Instead of complaining about your environment, take action to change it.