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When Is the Best Time to Take Action?

How many times have you had a great idea or felt called to do or say something but hesitated, only to find the opportunity had passed? Many people make indecisiveness into a lifestyle and spend their time wishing for another chance to take action on opportunities they missed.

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When Is the Best Time to Take Action?

There are so many reasons for the hesitation and lack of immediate action, including fear of ridicule, doubting one’s own abilities, and overanalyzing the simplest decisions. Allowing any of these things to become a part of your everyday life will have a negative effect on you. So, learning how to find pertinent information – so you can make informed decisions and take up the practice of moving quickly to action when a great opportunity is in front of you – can change your life.

“Life is a checkerboard and the player opposite you is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision.”  – Napoleon Hill

Take Action to Change Your Life

Making a decision and taking action always comes with the chance of failure, but continuing as you are, without acting on ideas or making decisions, means the likelihood of positive change coming to your life is slim or nonexistent. Change is scary and things don’t always go as you plan or hope, but if your current state isn’t satisfying to you, isn’t remaining as you are also a form a failure?

“Most ideas are stillborn, and need the breath of life injected into them through definite plans of immediate action. The time to nurse an idea is at the time of its birth. Every minute it lives, gives it a better chance of surviving. The fear of criticism is at the bottom of the destruction of most ideas which never reach the planning and action stage.”  – N. Hill

Set New Goals if Things Don’t Go Right the First Time

Sometimes the timing is wrong for even the most brilliant of ideas. That doesn’t mean you have to give up, or that the idea should be discarded, or that future ideas you have will meet the same end, but it does mean you might have to search for new information and adjust your plans and set new goals that include data that was missing from your original goals.

“The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard, and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune.  – N. Hill

It is in your hands, and of course in your mind, to choose if you are satisfied with your current state and if you want to go along as you are, or if you want to rewrite your life story to include positivity and success. Learning how to make good decisions and act on them promptly  is a way to turn an unhappy and dissatisfying life into a happier and more satisfying life.

7 Secrets to Setting Goals That Change Your Life

The new year is kind of like a blank notebook – you get to write the story that emerges in it, so setting some new goals – at the start of the year – or any time – is a way to start fresh on your terms, but do you know how to set goals you can stick to?

Life Gets in the Way

Goal Setting TipsUnlike writing a new story in a new notebook, when we are talking about real life issues, we don’t get to start completely fresh.

We still have to deal with the same old baggage that’s been a problem in our lives, and setting new goals without giving a nod to that baggage sets us up for failure.

Think about goals, such as New Year’s resolutions you’ve set in the past; how long did they last? A few hours? A week? A month? (Did you know only

(Did you know only 8% of the people who set new year’s resolutions actually achieve them?)

How to Set Goals That Stick

Instead of thinking of your new goals as big, major, life-changing things that you need to achieve in a single year, think of the really big changes you need to make as long-term goals, and set some short term goals you need to do while in pursuit of your long-term goals.

  1. Brainstorm and plan.
    • Break the process of setting goals into several steps and build success into each step.
  2. Start with an awareness of your long-term goals.
    • Planning without an eye on where you want to end up would be kind of like taking off across country on foot with no destination in mind – sure – it could be an adventure – but more likely it will be a failure.
  3. Be very specific in your goal setting.
    • Using weight loss as an example, instead of making the goal an 80 pound (or whatever) weight drop, set small goals around the steps involved in losing weight, such as giving up second helpings or increasing activity levels by walking 20 minutes per day, three times a week.
  4. Set attainable short-term goals as your resolutions. 
    • If you do the steps as short-term goals, the big results will come, plus you get to feel inspired and successful as you meet each short term goal.
  5. Build in adaptability.
    • Give yourself a break.
    • It’s hard to make life changes.
    • Instead of setting yourself up for failure by creating rigid goals, expect to adapt them after the first week, or even during the first day.
    • If you set more than one goal at once, know in advance that you will most likely make rapid progress on some and struggle with others.
  6. Give yourself at least one fun, totally positive goal.
    • This is a total confidence builder!
    • What is something you enjoy doing but rarely, if ever do?
    • Set aside ten or fifteen minutes a day (or longer if you have the time) to enjoy that thing.
  7. Keep your new goals to yourself if you are surrounded by negative people.
    • Nothing can crush your motivation faster than hearing something negative from someone whose opinion is important to you – so just don’t tell them.

So, let’s get started… what are your new goals?