There is a difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it.
Have you ever sat with a friend who’s pouring their heart out to you then asks, "What would you do?" Only for you to share what you would do, and have them immediately start their story over as soon as you take a breath, disregarding what you just said on the topic. I like to call those people "ask-holes." Lots of asking, no action.
There are large gaps between wanting change, being willing to take action, and then actually doing something about it. Usually the reason people don't do something is because it takes work and it takes you doing either doing something differently or making a tough decision you don’t want to make. Though we may want our situations to be better, not knowing what it will be like during the transition or exactly how it will be after we make a change can be scary. This usually keeps us from actually doing something about it and becoming complacent. We all want the glamour of being on the other side of our problem, but the reality of the difficult steps to get there is too daunting.
I am here to tell you that based on my experiences the only obstacle standing between what you are experiencing and what you want to be experiencing is ACTION: Creating a plan and then doing it.
" A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true." -Greg Reid.
Like Mr Reid is talking about, making something more than just a dream and creating a new reality can be a daunting task, and is usually easier said than done. Consider a few basic ideas to help you make good on your plans, turning dreams into your reality.
1. Let yourself dream. Actually daydream and picture the perfect life for YOU, then write it down.
2. Working with the end in mind, figure out which steps are necessary to get you to where you need to be. Keep these steps realistic, making them small enough to be implemented every day, helping you track your progress.
3. Celebrate achievements along the way. Break up your plan into milestones and celebrate your progress, encouraging you along the way when you’ll need it.
4. Tell someone. Saying something out loud and having someone else aware of your goals and where you want your life to be can help you make tough decisions and give you the courage and motivation to get there.
I find that I can dream all I want as long as I know where to move my feet and keep my head in the game. It is in the action I find the greatest satisfaction of progress. Remember what I talked about last week, in that your daily habits can make you who you want to be. Start small, but start somewhere.
Lindsey Rainwater is a consultant and coach to the fitness and wellness industry. She specializes in business development and leadership. Currently she is working with the Fitmarc Team helping Health Club owners all over the south central region of the united states propel their business forward via group exercise solutions. For more information about Lindsey, follow her @lindseyrainh2o, all content posted at www.lindseyrainh2o.com