What I’ve learnt over the years, is that while thinking (and thinking BIG!) is great and the starting point of all success, nothing is learnt or experienced until massive action is taken. Taking action can be incredibly rewarding as it allows us to begin a journey of self-discovery and learning – something which simply can’t be taught in a formal classroom.
A baby for example, doesn’t learn from a guide how to walk, but by doing: from standing up and falling down continuously, to finally walking on its own. In fact, it takes most babies around 1,000 hours of practice from the moment he/she can stand to walking unassisted.
How many people do you know who believe one thing and yet seem to behave contrary to their beliefs?
It’s easy to believe in positive reinforcement – until someone’s not hitting their numbers.
It’s admirable to believe in open communication – until you have to say something that’s uncomfortable.
It’s one thing to believe that all people are worthy of respect and dignity, and yet quite another thing to champion respect and dignity for all.
To believe requires nothing of you. You can sit and believe. And believe. And believe. And you make no impact outside yourself.
To champion requires you to be honest. Are you really championing or just talking a good game? Is it really what you’re about, or is it just convenient and sounds good? To actually champion requires you to put yourself out there. To fight for what’s right. To question. To look deeply. To seek alternatives. To bring people together. To bridge differences. To explore. To shake things up. To push ahead. To shatter perspectives. To heal. To poke holes. To lighten up. To celebrate. To tolerate. To expand. To forgive. To invite. To act. It requires you to act. You cannot champion without taking action.
Here's an important and a very noteworthy principle: When you act, act to take care of yourself first. Pay yourself first. Rest yourself first. Reward yourself first. If you don't take good care of your primary asset – You – you won't be able to take care of all the other people who will come to depend on you as you grow successfully.
I learned this "self-love" lesson the hard way. I'm your typical doer. I love what I do so much that I was working nonstop. One of my confessions and awakening is in being too busy is dangerous. It was progressively interesting all along until one fine day, my good friend and doctor asked, "Liyana, do you like to help people?"
"You know I do," I answered.
"How would you like to help people for another fifty, sixty or seventy years?"
"That would be great!" I replied. "How do I do that?"
"By taking better care of yourself right now," she shot back. "By not taking care of yourself, by not putting your own health and rest first, you're shaving valuable years off your life. If you're dead from stress and overwork, you're no use to anyone. Think how many more people you could help if you lived a longer life."
I finally got it. By taking care of myself, I was going to be able to take better care of others for a lot longer. I had never looked at it that way. Like most of you, I was raised to believe that putting yourself first is somehow selfish. But the successful people know that putting yourself first is a purely unselfish act.
Take a moment to think about that.
With this in mind and moving onwards, these are a couple things you can use to help you focus on relentlessly, reducing the time between having a great thought and putting it into action:
There’s no better time than today to start. If you’re someone who’s waiting for the time to be just right before you begin anything, guess what? You’ll be waiting a very long time! Reduce the list of things you’re putting off until later, because later often becomes never.
I’d love to hear how you motivate yourself towards taking action so do drop your comments below. I look forward to connecting with you and till then, I shall leave you with another quote.
Hi! I'm Liyana. In this blog, I'll share stories, tips and tools to help you move beyond burnout and thrive at the intersection of mind, body and business.
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