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It is magnificent to know that if you take action now you can be successful and learn some things in the process. The philosophy behind the “take action now” idea is that in order to get something done, to succeed at the plan you have set for yourself, you must take action and take that action now. There is no profit to be gained from planning act, planning to act and planning to act unless eventually you put some action to the plans. Without action, without putting in some actual work, plans are not worth a while lot.

No matter how grand and wonderful your plans, no matter how well researched or how likely they are to succeed, you will never succeed until you take action, and take action now.

I use this example I got from a Facebook status often to explain the principle:

There are five birds sitting on a telephone wire when half of them decide to fly off to Florida.

Question: How many birds are left on the telephone wire.

Answer: Five. Why, because deciding to do something is not the same as Taking Action Now and actually doing something.

Over the course of the last year, I have worked hard to accomplish a wide and varied set of goals both personally and professionally. Almost every goal I set for myself had a plan attached to it. Of course some of the plans were complex requiring thousands upon thousands of words. Other plans were simple and just a few words were sufficient to get the idea out and across. None of the plans that I ignored were accomplished. Every plan that I applied the take action now philosophy to was accomplished. I learned and experienced in a real way that action makes my world go around.

I learned every day is a day to TAN aka take action now, I began to hold myself accountable for the success or failure I experience. I learned that when I decided to TAN my behavior was contagious and made other who saw what I was doing start getting TANs of their own. I learned that I could create a new reputation for myself as a person who gets things done and who could be relied upon to help others get things done.

When I took action, I was able to accomplish:

* Create a redesigned and more focused internet magazine
* Increase the size and reach of the on-line community I helped create
* Participate in joint business ventures with people I respect
* Organize effective study and work plans for my children’s school work
* Live a more balanced and satisfying life

In other words, I learned that when I take action now, I can succeed at whatever I put my mind and action into accomplishing gets accomplished. I learned that just as faith without work is dead, plans without action are dead. I offer those of you who are reading this the opportunity to learn the same lesson. Stop planning, over and over, instead start each day with a plan to take action now and get done what needs doing.

In conclusion, it is magnificent to know that if you take action now you can be successful and learn some things in the process. So, the question for you this magnificent day is, what is the biggest lesson you learned when you tried to take action now?

About Janeane Davis

I am a superhero, also known as a wife and mom. Loving my kids is my super power. I believe every working woman can succeed and be happy with the right encouragement, inspiration and motivation. That is why I blog at Janeane's World. I have written several books to help encourage, inspire and motivate. The first book How to Advocate for Your Children to Succeed is a detailed master plan parents can use to help their children do better in school, get the services they need and do better in life. I wrote the 5 part series of Take Action Now books to help people kiss procrastination done and be motivated to get things done and succeed in life. I am the President and Chief Executive Officer of James, Davis and Associates, a private consulting firm that was created to serve as a strategic planning resource to help businesses grow and thrive in the modern marketplace. Contact me directly at 215-586-3897, or janeanedavis@ janeanesworld.com to schedule a consultation.


Take Action Now – What I Learned When I Started to TAN — 45 Comments

  1. That is true to take action now while there is still time to do it rather than waiting. Thanks for sharing this informative and interesting post.

  2. Oh my! I could read this blog post every morning. I had to read that bird on a wire example twice to get it! I definitely get it. Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. Oh wow.. when I saw TAN.. I was thinking sunshine :) Yes, I agree! I’ve realized that many times you actually save time by “doing it now” than putting it on a checklist.

  4. Sometimes I just have to sit down and take a deep breath and come up with the best course of action.

  5. That is such a great point. I am a little of a procrastanator.

  6. Great post… no matter what it is, getting started always seems to be the hardest step…

  7. This is a good message. I plan on taking a break over the holidays to regroup and decide what I want to do for the next year.

  8. YES! Taking action now is imperative to reaching any goal. Its even imperative to encouraging yourself in the pursuit of larger goals. I feel so great when I take some kind of action – I feel like I can do so much more. Every day I take some kind of action step. This is a great post.

  9. Very true, indeed! It’s so important to stop just TALKING about things and DO them. I try to tell people this all the time AND … I try to remind myself. It can be hard and scary to take the first steps!

    • The first steps are scary, but just like when we learned to walk, we cannot let fear and the falls keep us from moving forward!

  10. Vonnie on said:

    So true! For the past year, I’ve stopped just talking about what I was going to do and took action!

  11. I needed that. I was having a bit of a pity party day today. My success or failure is in my hands. I need to stop thinking about it and just TAN.

    • It is okay to have a pity party because parties come to an end. After the pity party, take action now!

  12. I will take action. Been in planning stage for a while and now need to get off my duff and make it happen… Thanks

  13. Bernetta on said:

    LOVED reading about those BIRDS!! I am going to tell that story to someone!! Deciding is NOT TAKING ACTION! SO true! TAKE ACTION NOW!

  14. Thank you for sharing this. I suffer from a big procrastination problem that has caused problems before. I have had to train myself to make to-do lists and really push myself… but when I do? Things happen!

  15. I always start with a list and then chip away taking action one step at a time.

  16. The best thing I have learned is ” Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today!” I try to follow this quote, because truthfully, I can be the queen of procrastination!

  17. I really love that message – TAKE ACTION NOW. I mean, really, everything you want to accomplish has to begin with action!

  18. Breaking things down on a to-do list allows me to take action. Then I can look back at the end of just one day and see how much progress I have made – that motivates me to take action the following day too!

  19. I like your analogy of the birds on the wire. It is so true that our thoughts only matter when we turn them into action!

  20. Sometimes the best thing to do when you are overwhelmed is just begin!

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