Shift From Thinking to Action in 6 Steps

There are many people that do an excellent job of visualizing, setting
goals, making plans, and creating contingency plans for every
obstacle that might occur on the way to accomplishing a goal.
However, many of these same people never take the first step in the real
world. All of their activity is occurring between their ears.

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While being clear on your intentions and making plans are important initial
steps, nothing actually happens until you take action.

Those that take a lot of action are often successful. Those that take action intelligently and thoughtfully are incredibly successful. Those that plan and never do anything are never successful.

Follow these steps toswitch from planning to action and create real results:


  1. Set a time limit on your planning phase. There’s no set amount of time this phase should last. If you’re planning on building a rocket ship to send to Mars, the planning
    period will be longer than that for a goal of losing 10 pounds of
    body weight.

  2. Begin taking some action immediately. There is always a step you can take
    immediately. You might need a day or two to plan out your diet and exercise
    program, but you can throw out all the junk food in your house this

  • Or you could drive to the post office and start the process of
    obtaining your passport for the trip to China you’re finally
    going to take.

  • What can you do today to begin working toward your goal? Create a little momentum. Avoid letting a day go by without taking a concrete step toward the
    achievement of that goal.

  • Plan your daily action as early in the day as possible. You’ll be less
    likely to procrastinate, and you might get a surge of motivation
    while there’s still enough time in the day to do something
    constructive with it.

  1. Remind yourself of all the previous times you’ve planned and failed to
    take that first step. You’ve thought about doing plenty of things that never moved
    beyond the planning stages. It’s easy to feel regretful about the
    things we failed to do in the past. Good! Use that pain to motivate
    yourself this time.

  2. Understand that the difference between a decent plan and the perfect plan is
    minimal. The difference that matters is how diligently you put a plan into
    action. Getting started is more important than perfecting your
    initial approach. You can alter your plan as you go.

  3. Determine the real reason you’re taking too long to actually do something. It’s an issue of fear. It might be the fear of making a mistake, failing, making the wrong decision for the direction of your life, or maybe you’re afraid of succeeding. But you can bet that there
    is fear at the core of your procrastination.

  4. Create a ratio for the time spent planning vs. the time spent doing. Many people will spend seven hours each day planning and researching vs one hour of real activity. Switching those values would be beneficial. The most successful people you can find do more in a day than most of us do in a month.


It’s time to change your life, rather than just thinking about it. Find
out how good your plan is, so you can alter it if you need to. Your
thoughts don’t make things happen in the real world. They just
shape the actions you choose to take. So, take that action - today!