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It is magnificent to take action now and get your plans out of the china closet. Take action now means get up and do what needs doing, now, not later, now. Many people treat their dreams and plans like fine china in a china closet. That means that their dreams and plans sit on display waiting to be used “someday.” The sad thing is that “someday” never comes. However, a person has to take action now at some point in order to  get things done, you cannot keep your plans in the china closet forever if you want to succeed. More »

It is magnificent to get important tasks completed, so spring into action now! People spend a lot of time managing their to do lists. Trying to figure out what to put on the list, how to organize items on the list and what to keep off the list. The thing people do not spend careful thought and attention on is actually completing the things on the list. That is a shame, because the completion is the most important thing when dealing with items on a to do list. Before reading this article, look at your to do list to see  your list completion rate.
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The goal of this article is to talk about completion, getting things finished, done and crossed off the to do list. More »

It is magnificent to fall in love with taking action because faith without work is dead.

I am part of a few accountability circles. One I formed with two women after a conference last October. We had some starts and stops and we are still working our way through how to make the group work, but we are working it out. I have another accountability group formed with two business partners. We are informal in our interaction, but we hold each other accountable and provide each other with encouragement and support. I have another group of women in a Facebook group that help me with accountability by asking me to share my failures and successes and pushing me on to succeed.
The thing that makes all of these accountability groups work is that the members all demand action. More »

It is magnificent to love what you do, stop procrastinating and take action now so you can be a success.

People tend to like to plan, to create plans to design solutions to problems and situations. I have a friend who has been planning a business for the entire ten years that I know her. She has notebooks full of plans and designs. When she fills up one notebook she copies the most important or best plans into a new notebook and plans some more. When computers and laptops became commodity priced items, she began to copy her notebooks into computer files. On the computer she would search the internet and plan, plan and plan. What she never got around to was taking action, actually doing something with her plans. She always said she would move forward with her business as soon as her plans were in order. As soon as she finished her business plan, her research and her development plans, she was going to start that business. She used the “I’m not ready now, but as soon I get these plans done” excuse to procrastinate starting a business for more than ten years.

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In order to succeed, we have to stop using planning as a tool to hide procrastination. More »

Magnificent Monday -it is magnificent to be able to fail and keep moving.

 

Each Magnificent Monday thoughout the month of December has been devoted to the idea of taking action in spite of other things convenient excuses not to take action.  Previous Magnificent Mondays have covered the topics of:

Future articles will deal with the topics:

  • you have a full plate but move
  • using your accountability group to help you move

Today, the Magnificent Monday article deals with the idea that you have failed before, but move!

 

 

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photo credit: Argonne National Laboratory via photopin cc Magnificent Monday, fail, succeed, move, perservere, learn

 

Sometimes, the thing that keeps a person from taking action and moving forward is the knowledge that she has failed before.  The past failure often causes a person to feel as if she shouldn’t take a chance and attempt a great a wonderful thing again. It may seem counter intuitive, but it is because a person has failed in the past that she should go for it and take action now.  It has often been said that before making the final version of the incandescent light bulb, Thomas Edison made almost 200 different versions. When asked what is was like to have failed 200 times, Jefferson replied that he did not fail, but found 200 ways not ot make an incandescent light bulb.  That is the attitude you should take when fear of past failures makes you hesitant to take action in the present. You should always find a way to look at failure as an opportunity for improvement. In other words, each time you do not successfully complete your mission, you have learned a way not to complete the mission.

 

Look for example at a child that is learning to walk. That child will start and fall, start and fall, and start and fall many times before learning to walk. The interesting thing about the child learning to walk is that she will try over and over, no mattter how many times she falls.  Each time she gets up, she learns a little something about how not to walk.  Eventually she has enough knowldge from her failed attempts and she is able to walk and eventually to run. I have raised four children and have encountered numerous others. I have never heard of a child who tried to walk and after a few hundred failed attempts decided she was never going to try again. No matter how often a child lerning to walk falls, she will continue to get up and try again and again until she has achieved her mission and is walking.  Let that be your example.

 

 

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Magnificent Monday, fail, continue, perservere, try, succeed

 

It is a magnificent thing to learn and truly believe that no matter how many times you fail, you can get back up and try again and that eventually you will succeed. The difference between success and failure is often just getting the right mental attitude. So, the question for you this Magnificent Monday is how do you find ways to turn failure into eventual success?

 

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