Avoid failure: Take the first step

I’ve often been asked, “What do you think is the biggest contributing factor to failure?”

I can easily answer that question with one word… inaction.

To succeed, you have to do something, something that will move you toward what you want. When you’re not moving toward what you want, you’re suffering in what you don’t want. It’s like quicksand, and you get stuck there. It paralyzes you, so that just taking the first step seems unachievable.

But the first step is better than the quicksand because it’s one step closer to where you want to be and what you want to be doing. And that inaction is what kills more businesses and relationships than anything else.

Avoid failure… take action!

John

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Comments

  1. I’ve stumbled upon an amazing way to get myself to take on a challenge I haven’t taken action on.

    I used to delay action because I thought I didn’t break down the steps I needed to take.

    I would look at the problem and my mind would start finding the reasons I couldn’t do so I could put a bandage over my self esteem.

    Then, I came across this awesome strategy in Steve Chandler’s book, Mind Shift.

    What you do is get a sheet of paper and write your problem on the top…

    Let’s say it’s…

    I Allow Myself To Release Any Excess Fat Off of My Body

    The next line you’d put would say…

    5 Small Things I Can Do About This Today

    An example might be…

    1. Read 15 minutes about health and vitality.

    2. Walk/Exercise for at least 10 minutes.

    3. Eat smaller meals every 2 ½ hours.

    4. Drink ½ liter of water before I eat.

    5. Make sure 80% of the food I take in gives me energy rather than drains my energy stores.

    Each of these steps are easy to do and easy not to.

    But I guarantee you, anyone who can read and move their limbs on planet earth is capable of pulling this off.

    And I also guarantee that if you do these steps you’ll start losing weight.

    Overnight, no. Over weeks, yes.

    Try this, I think you’ll like it.

    Note Taking Nerd 2
    http://www.mynotetakingnerd.wordpress.com

  2. I’ve stumbled upon an amazing way to get myself to take on a challenge I haven’t taken action on.

    I used to delay action because I thought I didn’t break down the steps I needed to take.

    I would look at the problem and my mind would start finding the reasons I couldn’t do so I could put a bandage over my self esteem.

    Then, I came across this awesome strategy in Steve Chandler’s book, Mind Shift.

    What you do is get a sheet of paper and write your problem on the top…

    Let’s say it’s…

    I Allow Myself To Release Any Excess Fat Off of My Body

    The next line you’d put would say…

    5 Small Things I Can Do About This Today

    An example might be…

    1. Read 15 minutes about health and vitality.

    2. Walk/Exercise for at least 10 minutes.

    3. Eat smaller meals every 2 ½ hours.

    4. Drink ½ liter of water before I eat.

    5. Make sure 80% of the food I take in gives me energy rather than drains my energy stores.

    Each of these steps are easy to do and easy not to.

    But I guarantee you, anyone who can read and move their limbs on planet earth is capable of pulling this off.

    And I also guarantee that if you do these steps you’ll start losing weight.

    Overnight, no. Over weeks, yes.

    Try this, I think you’ll like it.

    Note Taking Nerd 2
    http://www.mynotetakingnerd.wordpress.com

  3. I’ve stumbled upon an amazing way to get myself to take on a challenge I haven’t taken action on.

    I used to delay action because I thought I didn’t break down the steps I needed to take.

    I would look at the problem and my mind would start finding the reasons I couldn’t do so I could put a bandage over my self esteem.

    Then, I came across this awesome strategy in Steve Chandler’s book, Mind Shift.

    What you do is get a sheet of paper and write your problem on the top…

    Let’s say it’s…

    I Allow Myself To Release Any Excess Fat Off of My Body

    The next line you’d put would say…

    5 Small Things I Can Do About This Today

    An example might be…

    1. Read 15 minutes about health and vitality.

    2. Walk/Exercise for at least 10 minutes.

    3. Eat smaller meals every 2 ½ hours.

    4. Drink ½ liter of water before I eat.

    5. Make sure 80% of the food I take in gives me energy rather than drains my energy stores.

    Each of these steps are easy to do and easy not to.

    But I guarantee you, anyone who can read and move their limbs on planet earth is capable of pulling this off.

    And I also guarantee that if you do these steps you’ll start losing weight.

    Overnight, no. Over weeks, yes.

    Try this, I think you’ll like it.

    Note Taking Nerd 2
    http://www.mynotetakingnerd.wordpress.com

  4. I remember a Sponsor of mine in a former business some years ago murmuring and complaining about not being able to move her stock. This was because she kept her business a deep, dark, SECRET-from all of her family, friends, and neighbors-Anybody wonder now WHY she couldn’t sell? Once she began TELLING people about her products, guess what? You’re so right-her stock finally moved off her shelf! TAKE ACTION!

  5. John,

    I was surfing through some online video as part of some research that I was doing and I watched a clip of you and Bob Proctor on the Ellen show. And during that interview, you also mentioned how important it is to take action. I whole-heartedly agree! This step was something that I struggled with for years. But once that first step is taken, then the next step is easier, and so on and so on… Next thing you know, you’ve got some really great habits developed and living life feels great! So, thank you, John, for reminding everyone how important it is to do something about the knowledge in our minds!

  6. As Leand Val Van DeWall said:

    “Doing at once what needs to be done will increase the possibility of success.”

  7. As Leand Val Van DeWall said:

    “Doing at once what needs to be done will increase the possibility of success.”

  8. As Leand Val Van DeWall said:

    “Doing at once what needs to be done will increase the possibility of success.”

  9. Taking action is closely tied to persistence. Calvin Coolidge get some recognition for a longish quote on this subject. It doesn’t matter whether I take a wrong action as long as I am continually doing something. I can correct a past ineffective activity; I have no way to correct a past non-activity.

  10. ok ive taken action now what, ive ghanged ive improved, ive burnt my briges to the past ,still zero am i blind i still cant see the money yet!!you cant buy anything without money the credit card wont take sweat or promices,thanks guys

  11. ok ive taken action now what, ive ghanged ive improved, ive burnt my briges to the past ,still zero am i blind i still cant see the money yet!!you cant buy anything without money the credit card wont take sweat or promices,thanks guys

  12. ok ive taken action now what, ive ghanged ive improved, ive burnt my briges to the past ,still zero am i blind i still cant see the money yet!!you cant buy anything without money the credit card wont take sweat or promices,thanks guys

  13. taking that first step is a process that does not come immidiately. and the more you delay the further your intentions become unreachable. so take inch by inch; step by step; and before you know you are there. i have begun taking baby steps; and am finding myself moving along to take larger ones. but patience is a virture and that is one thing that each individual must maintain if they want to succeed. thanks John for sharing

  14. taking that first step is a process that does not come immidiately. and the more you delay the further your intentions become unreachable. so take inch by inch; step by step; and before you know you are there. i have begun taking baby steps; and am finding myself moving along to take larger ones. but patience is a virture and that is one thing that each individual must maintain if they want to succeed. thanks John for sharing

  15. First of all, Hi
    Dear John I know that first step is the hardest one but to reach my goals, I usually take this first step but I am not consistent. I think my problom is lack of morale in my life And by the aid of your beautiful and practical tips and of course my Will of Steel, I am trying to solve my problem.
    Wish you The Best.

  16. First of all, Hi
    Dear John I know that first step is the hardest one but to reach my goals, I usually take this first step but I am not consistent. I think my problom is lack of morale in my life And by the aid of your beautiful and practical tips and of course my Will of Steel, I am trying to solve my problem.
    Wish you The Best.

  17. First of all, Hi
    Dear John I know that first step is the hardest one but to reach my goals, I usually take this first step but I am not consistent. I think my problom is lack of morale in my life And by the aid of your beautiful and practical tips and of course my Will of Steel, I am trying to solve my problem.
    Wish you The Best.

  18. Extremely good point and awesome analogy. I call this the Ready, Fire, Aim approach.

    -Think about what you want & do some preliminary research

    -Jump in and do it
    -Adjust your strategy as you go.

    One thing I’ve realized is that when you get the ball rolling all kind of doors open.

    I just came across your blog and am subscribing…looking forward to future posts

  19. I used to suffer from the diseasse of procastination for a long time. Always telling myself ‘don’t do today what you can do tomorrow’, but I have now resolved to take ACTION, IMMEDIATE ACTION because I know that is the only antidote to the disease of procastination!

  20. I used to suffer from the diseasse of procastination for a long time. Always telling myself ‘don’t do today what you can do tomorrow’, but I have now resolved to take ACTION, IMMEDIATE ACTION because I know that is the only antidote to the disease of procastination!

  21. I used to suffer from the diseasse of procastination for a long time. Always telling myself ‘don’t do today what you can do tomorrow’, but I have now resolved to take ACTION, IMMEDIATE ACTION because I know that is the only antidote to the disease of procastination!

  22. in the old testament, if David didnt move towards goliath and threw the stone,he would have been killed:in the new testament if the woman with the issue of blood didnt take that action that took her to the healer-Jesus, she would have died of her ailment; if col. sanders did not move to open the first KFC, the dream would have been lying in the grave of regret now. action equals destiny, period!

  23. in the old testament, if David didnt move towards goliath and threw the stone,he would have been killed:in the new testament if the woman with the issue of blood didnt take that action that took her to the healer-Jesus, she would have died of her ailment; if col. sanders did not move to open the first KFC, the dream would have been lying in the grave of regret now. action equals destiny, period!

  24. in the old testament, if David didnt move towards goliath and threw the stone,he would have been killed:in the new testament if the woman with the issue of blood didnt take that action that took her to the healer-Jesus, she would have died of her ailment; if col. sanders did not move to open the first KFC, the dream would have been lying in the grave of regret now. action equals destiny, period!

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