Here's a simple question to get you started. There are three monkeys
sitting on a tree, above a pond. One of the monkeys decides to
jump into the pond. How many monkeys are left on the tree? Two?
right answer is three. You see, the monkey only made the decision
to jump into the pond. He didn't actually jump! If you think about
it, we are all like that. We take decisions. We make resolutions.
But somehow, we don't follow through with action. And intent without
action is quite useless, really. Getting started - taking that
first step - is often the master key to success. As someone once
said, you don't have to be great to get started. But you sure
have to get started to become great!
you find yourself struggling to take action on your plans and
intentions? Well, here's a five-point programme to help you move
from intent to action.
a beginning ? right away. Whatever be your goal, take
the first step - however small - right away. Until you take that
first step, your mind does not believe you. You need to signal
to yourself that you are serious, that you mean business. Commit
to taking action, immediately. Today. Now.
Break up the grand plan into smaller tasks. Remember,
a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Sometimes
the task ahead looks so enormous that we feel overwhelmed - and
we don't do anything about it. Break that up into smaller sub-tasks,
and suddenly you'll find something that's doable. Remember that
old adage &lsquosomething is better than nothing'? It's still
of the pleasure, not the pain. Visualise success. If
you want to do an MBA at a premier school and plan to devote three
hours a day to studying, don't think about missing the football
game on television, or about not being able to go out for that
Saturday night bash. Think instead of the job that you could get
post your MBA, the rewards that it would bring, the dreams that
would get realised.
a support group. Surround yourself with people who share
your objective, who are co-passengers on your journey to success.
The excitement of being in it together will help you fight the
inertia, and get you going with the rest of the gang.
up ? in advance. For most of us, monetary commitments
are a strong impetus for action. The fear of losing money or wasting
it, can spur you into action. We follow up on our commitments,
if only to ensure our money is well-spent. Plan to lose weight?
Pay up for that three-month weight loss programme! Don't wait.
yourself with people who share your objective, who are co-passengers
on your journey to success.
management author Tom Peters
tells the story of a man who approached American financer and
banker JP Morgan with an envelope, and said, "Sir, in my
hand I hold a guaranteed formula for success, which I will gladly
sell you for $25,000."
JP Morgan replied, "I do not know what is in the envelope.
However, if you show me, and I like it, I give you my word as
a gentleman that I will pay you what you ask." The man agreed
to the terms, and handed over the envelope. JP Morgan opened it,
and pulled out a single sheet of paper. He gave it one look -
a mere glance - then handed it back to the gentleman. And paid
him the agreed-upon sum of $25,000! On that sheet of paper, were
• Every morning, write down a list of the things that need
to be done that day.
• Do them.
Morgan benefited from this advice, and you can too. Knowing what
to do is often easy. We all have our list of things to do. Our
plans and our resolutions. Doing it - that's the tough bit. But
that's the hallmark of successful people. The Nike guys are right.
Want to be a winner? Just do it!