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The idea behind TAN aka take action now is that eventually in every journey there comes a time where one must get up and take action now instead of simply talking about getting things done. In most cases the success comes when one takes action now and stops talking about taking action and how to take action. Over the course of the past year, I have watched people plan for magnificent and wonderful things.
I have had friends plan to:
•Start a new modeling agency
•Start a record company
•Start a business as a motivational speaker
•Start graduate school
I described these items as things my friends planned to do and not things my friends actually did. The reason for that is simple. These people talked about it. They plotted. They planned. But they never did anything about it. They talked a good game and made some interesting and innovative plans. What they did not do is take action now and actually start doing the things they planned and talked about.
In life, there are people who talk about doing things and there are people who take action now and get things done. I learned that when I hear someone talking about their plans to listen for action words and timetables. If I hear action words and timetables, I keep listening and I remain interested. These are plans that may happen. These are dreams that may come true. On the other hand, if there are no action words and no timetables, I know I am talking with someone who talks about it but will never actually do anything about it and I can act accordingly. This is a person who will not take action now and will most likely not be a success.
I tell anyone who will listen that I believe everyone can succeed and be happy with the right encouragement, inspiration, and motivation and that is why I created my blogs and why I work each day to create resources designed to encourage, inspire and motivate people to be their best at work and home. This means that I invest my time, my heart, and my brain power into plans when my friends and colleagues share them with me. Over the course of the last year, I have learned in a real way that If those who share their plans with me are not going to take action now and get things done, I should not invest more in their dreams than the person doing the dreaming.
Now I look at what the person does. If she follows the action plan she laid out and works towards meeting the time frame she suggested, she is about something. This is a woman who will more likely than not go from talking about a plan to actually achieving a plan. I have learned that action speaks louder than words. So while I do like to hear a well thought out plan, I much prefer a plan that I see moving along. This is a person who had made the decision to take action now and to succeed.
I am a busy woman. I own businesses, I have a husband, four children, a dog and a cat. I do not have unlimited time to squander on people who are unable to take action now to achieve their own dreams. I have learned that people who talk instead of making the move to take action now cannot be allowed a lot of my time. People who talk instead of taking action, tend to spend a lot of time talking. In fact, the talking takes more time and is more draining than actually if the person would actually take action now. Additionally, people who do not take action now, but instead spend all their time talking, complain more and give off a lot of negative energy. I do not have time for any of that.
Each of my days only has 24 hours and I have to be particular about how I spend them. As a result, I have decided to spend less time with people who talk about it. I will give my time and energy to people who will see them as the precious resources they are and act accordingly.
In conclusion, it is magnificent to take action now and I have learned that those who do not are less happy and less successful. So, the question for you this magnificent day is, what have you learned from those who never take action?