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Take Action Now – What I Learned From People Who Didn’t

It is magnificent to take action now and I have learned that those who do not are less happy and less successful. The idea behind TAN aka take action now is that eventually in every journey there comes a time where one must get up take action and stop talking. In most case 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, 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.

It seems in life there are people who talk about it and people who take action now. I learned that when I hear someone talking about their plans to listen for action words and time tables. If I hear action words and time tables in the talking 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 time tables, I know I am talking with someone who talks about it, but will never actually be 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.

Next, 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 have 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

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?

Janeane Davis

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  • It's important to have a good idea. But yes, it's taking the steps to make it happen that will get you somewhere!

  • I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing to toss a lot of "I'd love to try..." at the wall, even if you don't do them. Sometimes once you speak it or get feedback, you realize why it's not a good idea. But if you never, ever take action then maybe it's time for a little nudge :)

  • I love these posts but this one really touched home!

  • I love these posts. I do have a lot of ideas on what I want to do, but I haven't taken action. I need to take the leap!

  • You definitely have to surround yourself with people that are of the same mind-set. Sometimes, though, I don't mind a good talking session...as long as it's scheduled:)

  • Yea, I can't afford to waste time. For me, it's the opposite problem: rearranging and rescheduling so I CAN commit to the stuff I want to do!

  • Great post! Yes, all the talk in the world will not create action.

    Enjoy your holidays!

  • I am dragging and not taking action now. My career has ended and I'm trying to find what to do next. An idea came up a few weeks ago but still I haven't acted on it. I'm pretty sure you posted this for me to get up and follow through :)

    I really needed this!

  • I'm learning that I need to be more proactive - or less I'll likely be stuck like those that do not take action are. I have lots of goals for the new year, and right now I am taking action to get things scheduled for the rest of December, as I plan to take time off once the baby is here (any day now!).

  • I tend to think a lot about something before I actually do it. I do eventually take action but I like to make sure I have thought about all the pluses and minuses before I do.

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