Everyone who wants to get things done must TAN aka Take Action Now. All the talking and planning in the world will get nothing accomplished without action. In addition, if you don’t take action now, someone else will and they will control your destiny.
Take action now and control your destiny – after all, it is your life, you should control it.
Several years ago while attending a business conference I first learned about term TAN aka Take Action Now. One of the speakers at the conference talked about how he learned to avoid disagreements with his wife by taking action now and doing things he knew she wanted him to do before going on business trips. For the most part they were simple things – take out the large trash cans, do certain activities with the children and handle car maintenance. For months he had been getting into fights with his with wife and when he came home from trips he was unable to relax as he wanted and instead had to to all the chores he should have done in advance. Once he learned to take action now before he went on trips, he was in control of his destiny. He was able to enjoy coming home from his business trips because there was no disagreement awaiting him. By simply taking action now and doing what needed to be done, he gained control of his life.
Look at your life and obligations right now. Are there things that you should take action now to do that you have been putting off? In your past, have you been pushed into corners or backed into places and situations you did not want to be because you failed to take action when you should have? If this has ever happened to you, you saw the value of a move to take action now. Action needs to be taken, people need to move forward and get things done. If you fail to take action now and get things done, others will take action and your life will be determined by the decisions of others. This means that the outcome may not be to your liking. A simple example is the following. Imagine you are at a restaurant for dinner. Normally you order the grilled chicken with seasonal vegetables and fresh bread. However, today you want something different, you are in the mood for grilled salmon with sweet potatoes and broccoli. Before the waitress comes to take your order, you go to the restroom without letting your family know what you are in the mood to eat. when you come out and find that the chicken has been ordered for you, you will eat it and as usual it will be delicious as usual. However, you will be dissatisfied, because you did not get what you wanted. You were not in control of your own life.
While a dinner order is a rather small thing in the grand scheme of life, it is an example of what happens when we fail to take action now. What happens is that others are in charge of our lives and we get to do what we are told instead of what we want. Take action now and do what needs to be done in your life before someone else takes over the reigns in your life.
When you discover what inspires you to, it is easier to take action now and win. Inspiration can be defined as being mentally stimulated to do something, particularly something creative. If you want to succeed at anything, you must find your source of inspiration. The thing that inspires you will push you to move forward and get things done. Inspiration can help provide the why you need to do the things you need to do.
Find out what inspires you so when you get stuck, you can go to that fountain of inspiration and be refreshed.
Inspiration is that thing that gives you a kick in the pants to get up and do what needs to be done. A person in business, no matter what that business it is needs to know what inspires her to take action now. Over the course of your work life, there will be times when you just do not feel like working. There will be times when even though the to do list is long, there is no way you can find the motivation or inspiration to get the work done and take action now. No matter what type of work you do, ranging from managing your home to running a Fortune 500 company, you need to learn what inspires you to take action now.
There are as many sources of inspiration as there are people to be inspired. It is important to figure out what inspires you. You must figure out what gives you a swift kick in the pants when you need to get moving when you feel like curling up in a ball and not doing anything at all. That thing providing the swift kick that gets you to move is your inspiration.
Too often, people ignore the need to be mentally healthy and strong. This is a mistake. You must take action now to get, maintain and protect your mental health.
Good Mental Health Makes Living Life Easier
Part of mental health is the ability to deal with stress, physical illness and the demands of life. It is not easy to be to be a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, an employer and an employee all at the same time. But those things must be done. All those roles must be met. If you are not in good mental health, it is harder for you to take of your physical appearance. Each day I talk with women all over the world. It is one of the beauties of modern life, social media and a good internet connection. I am always amazed at how many women are tired, stressed out and almost unable to carry on mentally. Without fail, these women are taking care of others – spouses, children, friends and co-workers. They give their all to others and at the end of the day have nothing left to take care of themselves. The struggle for good mental health is so bad that some of them are suffering from depression, unable to watch the news without dissolving into tears. It is time for all these women to take action now and do something different.
If you feel stressed all the time, if you are often highly aggravated by your family and friends, it may be time for you to look at your mental health and make changes. Mental health is a precious and valuable commodity. Each person needs to treat her mental health as though it is a valuable commodity that must be protected from all who would try to harm it. It doesn’t matter if those harmful forces are internal or external. When mental health is not at optimal levels it effects other areas of life. Mental health problems may cause problems with digestion or cause one to engage in negative emotional eating habits. Mental health problems may impact upon the ability to get a good and satisfying night’s sleep. This lack of sleep will cause problems with personal relationships and job performance.
One of the great benefits of good mental health is that when one moves from bad mental health to good mental health the following things are possible: