January 9, 2011

Quiet on the Set...Ready...Action!

Monday Morning Match is a short post - maybe a quote, inspirational story or idea - intended to spark some motivation inside each of you so your week gets off to a fantastic start on Monday morning.

The holidays are officially over. It's time to take action.

Don’t mistake “talking” or “planning” with “taking action.” When you look up the definition of "action" in a dictionary you may see:

- The state of being active

- Something done (usually as opposed to something said)

So it's time to stop your talking and start the walking that will be needed to get you to your desired destination in 2011.

President John F. Kennedy once said, “There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

I'll refer to my favorite book
here again, QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life. Author John Miller said,

"Even though there are risks involved in taking action, the alternative, inaction, is almost never the better choice:

  • Action, even when it leads to mistakes, brings learning and growth. Inaction brings stagnation and atrophy.

  • Action leads us toward solutions. Inaction at best does nothing and holds us in the past.

  • Action requires courage. Inaction often indicates fear.

  • Action builds confidence; inaction, doubt."

Anyone who is reading this blog should have a great idea of what direction they are heading, why you want to go there and what needs to be done to achieve the desired results.

It's time to stop talking and stop planning. Make this a great week of taking action.