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Taking action on your goals is important.

As you may have already noted, some people don't set goals. Many people don't plan or prepare.

Even those individuals who do have a goal, and have a plan, often don't take action on their plan.

  • Do you know anyone who has a plan, but takes NO action?
  • Do you know people who have diet plans, that they don't follow?
  • Do you know anyone who has an exercise plan, that they don't do?
  • Do you know anyone who has big plans to start their own business, that they don't put into practice?

Why is it that so many people have plans that they don't follow?

I think there are three reasons why people don't do what they plan to do.

  1. They are too lazy.
  2. They are afraid that they will fail.
  3. Other people talk them out of it.

Let us look at each in turn.

1. They are too lazy.

They are too lazy to do the work. It is easier for Bill to say he will do something, than it is to do it.

If Bill says that he will run the London marathon, then that can gain him some social credits with his family and friends. People will upgrade their opinions of Bill when they hear of his big goals and detailed written plans. People will say, "Bill is great. He means business. Bill is making big plans for the future!"

This represents a social gain for Bill, at a very low cost. But at some point, Bill will have actually to do something.

If you have a goal and a plan, then soon, you will have to exert some effort. And effort is not everyone's cup of tea.

Exerting oneself means; sweat, toil and concentration. For many, this is not a nice way to spend time. Many people don't want to make that kind of investment.

So, they procrastinate: They fabricate reasons why they cannot execute their plan, right now. They claim that now is not the right time and that they will have to put it off, until tomorrow, until next week, next month or next year.

Procrastination is the first resort of the lazy individual.

The second reason why people don't take action is:

2. They are afraid that they will fail.

Everyone knows that a plan is no guarantee of success. The planning phase only improves your chances of success, but it is not a guarantee of success.

And when you put the plan into action, then, at that moment, you may fail.

  • When you press the launch button, the rocket may explode on the Launchpad.
  • When you turn over the exam paper, you may find you cannot answer the questions.
  • When you pop the closing question, the other person may say, "No".

Unfortunately, we know that "Failure is indeed, an option!"

Each time you take action on a plan, then that action may result in failure. (ie the action fails to give you the result you expected or wanted).

Since nobody wants to fail then one way to avoid the risk, is NOT to take action on the plan.

  • If you never push the launch button, then the rocket will never explode, (at least, not on your watch).
  • And if you never enter yourself into the exam, then you will never fail an exam.
  • And if you never ask the pop the question, you will never suffer a rejection.

So, the second reason people don't take action is that NOT taking action seemingly eliminates the risk of failure.

The third reason why people don't take action is:

3. They are talked out of it by other people.

You are surrounded by people who are themselves subject to the same influences as you.

You are surrounded by people who are afraid of failure.

So, they will be quick to warn you NOT to try.

They will discourage you from setting goals.

They will discourage you from formulating detailed plans.

They will discourage you from taking action.

They will do so for reasons that are many and varied. They may be honestly fearful for your welfare, or they may feel that; if you made progress towards a goal, that would expose their own lack of progress.

Many people, for many reasons, will try to talk you out of it.

The best advice I can give you is this;

Don't be too quick to listen to the doubters, unless they are experts in the field, and they are doing well for themselves.

But if they are doing no better than you are, and if they are not experts in the field, then don't let THEIR doubts be a reason for you to stop you taking action on your plans.

There can be no effect without a cause. There can be no result without an action.

So to get better results you must take action.

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About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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