Don’t Talk About It, Do It!

How many of you deal with meetings, phone calls, and emails that discuss the plans of your organization? If this sounds familiar, raise your hand.

I’m betting all of you are raising your hands right now.

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Most meetings consist of us sitting around with others in the organization discussing the plans we have for the company.

We’re heading in this direction. We’re going to take action here. We’re going after this market.

Yet when we leave the meeting, nothing seems to get down. Now that’s a problem!

This cycle reminds me of a riddle I once heard. It goes like this:

There were 3 birds sitting on a fence. 1 bird decided to fly away. How many are left on the fence.

The answer? 3. The 1 bird that decided to fly away decided on it but hadn’t taken action.

Now, doesn’t this sound like our meetings? We talk about what we’re going to do but never take action and get things done.

This is why I’m challenging you to stop talking about it and just do it!

Stop Talking

The first step we need to do is to stop talking.

You’ve probably talked about the plan or goals long enough. They’ve been rehashed over and over again.

Your notes, your strategy, your desire to do great work is wonderful. But it’s all talk so far.

You’ve got the blueprints. The stage is set for what needs to happen.

Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
— William Shakespeare

Do It!

It’s now time for you to take action.

You must begin putting one foot in front of the other. You must begin doing the work.

It’s going to be hard. It’s going to take time. It’s going to cause you to stumble.

But you’ll never accomplish those plans and goals unless you step forward and DO IT!

In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.
— Theodore Roosevelt

Question: What can you stop talking about and actually do today? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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