Nick Saturday, July 2, 2016
If you’ve been looking at personal development for any length of time, you know that there are hundreds of different tactics and tricks to getting what you want. Everything from more basic things like learning how to set a goal appropriately for you to the more meta-physical (or as some would say woo-woo) style things like the Law of Attraction.
The one part that most self improvement guides either leave out or devote only a small chapter or blurb to is the thing that actually gets you where you want to go, taking consistent action. Read that again. Taking consistent action.
I’m not talking about getting all hyped up and starting to plan and maybe even (if you’re super motivated) actually trying the first step. That’s just the cheerleader in yourself trying to make you feel good and feel like you’re progressing on something.
I’m talking about doing the work, each day, every day. Some days it might be 12 hours, while others it could be 30 minutes. The key is doing it consistently and making sure that what you’re doing is actually moving you forward and not just keeping you busy or making you feel good.
Let me give you an example:
About 15 years ago (before the real estate bubble burst), I was looking into foreclosure investing. I started looking at what to look for, how to check the court records, how to know what was a good deal versus a bad deal. I even started going to the courthouse and creating a spreadsheet with information on the different foreclosures. The thing I didn’t do, was go house to house and talk to the people that owned them and were in trouble.
I was taking a lot of action and was very busy, but I just plain didn’t do the part that I knew was what would actually get me a deal and hopefully help someone out of a bad situation.
I needed to take that extra step of actual productive action. I never did take that step with foreclosure investing and because of that, to this day I have never bought a foreclosure.
With my blog today, I try to be very conscious of whether or not what I am doing is moving me forward or just simply keeping me busy. There are tons of things that you can do that can keep you busy. But finding what can move you ahead and doing it regularly are a different matter.
So let me ask you, is what you are doing today to try and move ahead in life really moving you forward or is it just keeping you busy? Are you doing the things that move you forward regularly even when you don’t feel like it? Are you actually doing the work? If not, why not?
Let me know your thoughts below.
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