The Rule for Taking Action

Updated: May 17

Taking action isn’t enough. What kind of action you take is the only thing that matters if you want to reach your goals.

Has this ever happened to you that you walk into a mall and walk out buying something you didn’t really need?

If it has maybe you’re approaching your goals in the same manner. You may not know what you want to achieve, how to take specific action and you don’t end up getting the results you want.

Hi and welcome back to Action-Ables. On this episode, let’s look at what you need to do to move toward your goals and what’s the rule for taking action.

There’s this quote by Jack Canfield “Vague Goals produce Vague Results” This means if you want specific results in life then you have to first get highly specific about what you want to achieve and then take specific action toward that particular goal.

Often, the results we get may not be what we want and then we end up feeling stressed and disappointed in ourselves. This can be avoided if you quit being vague about what you want to achieve.

Due to self limiting beliefs you may hold yourself back from expressing what you truly want. If you think that by being less specific you may get close and maybe that good enough. Right? No, a big resounding No!

If you are unclear about where you want to reach, you’re not just being vague but you’re also choosing to get unclear results.

Think about this. While flying a plane if the pilot doesn’t set specific coordinates will the plane ever reach its destination? He/she doesn’t say I want to reach the destination but let me get close enough and that should do, so I’m gonna set some coordinates. What will happen the plane may reach some destination for sure, but not the one that was intended.

Similarly, when you say you want to reach your goal. Your first responsibility is to get specific. Figure out the what you want, how much and by when do you want to reach that goal. Get specific about it. The specific you are the better results you’ll get.

Let’s assume you’ve at least thought about what you want to achieve, how do you take specific action?

Here’s the rule for taking action. I call this The Rule of Absolutes

Here’s what you need to do. Write down what are those specific things you need to do to move toward your goals on a daily, weekly, monthly basis.

Now, this is slightly different than just writing a To-Do List. Unlike a To-Do List which you may or may not get done, the Rule of Absolutes is about deciding 2-3 absolutely necessary, no excuses, action you have to take on a daily basis.

Doing these few but necessary things will move and accelerate you toward your goal. And the great part you already know these 2-3 things that’ll make the most impact.

So if you want to hit the gym in the morning, you already know you can’t binge watch Netflix the night before. Another thing you must do is set the alarm and put your phone away from your bed that way you have less chances to snooze it.!

It’s important to understand that you don’t just have have to take action but you also need to measure the quality of your actions. Once you start getting into this groove of doing the absolute necessary things, you’ll notice the shift in your own energy and also in the results you achieve.

To implement this rule, set yourself a personal standard to do 2-3 absolute action items on daily, weekly, and on a monthly basis.

Do it and see the results you get.

There you go. If you liked this episode, don’t forget to like and share it with your friends. I’ll be back next Thursday to help you move toward your life goals.

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Remember, ‘What You Want Matters and It’s Up to You to Make It Happen’

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