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It is magnificent to take action now and work your plan. It is always a good time to TAN aka Take Action Now. This means it is always the season to get up and start doing what you have planned to do. One of my favorite examples of what it means to take action now is found in the following word problem:
Five birds were sitting on a telephone wire when three birds decided to go to Florida.
Question: How many birds were left?
Answer: Five because deciding to do something is not the same thing as taking action now and doing something.
There is always something that needs to be done and smart planning makes it easier. When you have something to do, no matter what it is, start with a SMART plan to get it done. A SMART plan is one that has steps that are:
It does not matter if the plan is for something as routine as making dinner for the family or as complex as starting a new business enterprise, your plans should always be SMART.
Once you have created a SMART plan, it is important to step up, take action now and actually get something done. It is scary to take action now. It is scary to step up and work towards accomplishing what you set out to do. But, scary or not, hard or not, you must step up and take action now.
Making plans is hard work, no doubt, but taking action to carry out the plans you make is even harder. Part of being an adult means that you must show up like a grown up and do the things that need to be done. Excuses don’t matter. Reasons and rationales don’t matter. Plans are made because there are things that need to get done. It is important to take action now to get those things done. There are a myriad of ways to take action now to work on your plans. Some of these include:
Break it down
Suck it up
When making plans and planning to take action now, put your plan into your calendar. Be sure to mark down the start date, ending date and check in steps along the way. The calendar notes will serve as a reminder to pay attention to your plans.
Break It Down
Big plans are scary. It is hard to fathom how to accomplish some of the big things we need to do. However, if we break the big plans down into small segments, things become manageable. It is like eating an elephant. It is impossible to do in one bite. But, anyone can eat an elephant if it is broken down into small enough pieces.
Suck It Up
It is hard to take action now and do what needs doing. There are reasons to do it. There are ways to do it. We can all find encouragement and support. But when push comes to shove, the bottom line may be that we need to just suck it up, acknowledge it will be hard and get moving anyway.
Positive peer pressure provided by accountability groups may be very helpful when one wants to take action now and get to work on the plans one has made. Accountability partners can be useful in causing you to get moving so that you can avoid the embarrassment of not doing what you are supposed to do.
In conclusion, it is magnificent to take action now to work your plan. So, the question you this magnificent day is, what action are you going to take now to work your plan?