We love talking. And we also enjoy hearing our own voices…most of the time. We brag about how good we are at what we do. And of course we have these big ideas that can change the world. Only if we can DO something about it. FACT: Action speaks louder than words. This is an English proverb that encourages one to put their words into action. You need to take action that will turn your vision into a reality. Mark Twain, an American author and humorist, once said: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore.” Any success-driven individual has a vision of their future. Talking about it alone will not drive you to success you aspire. We have identified two important steps that can help you get to where you want to be.
You want to own an empire one day, start building one today. It does not matter how small you think your starting point is, there will always be a room for development/growth. Great enterprises were started as small opportunities. All you need is a ‘can do’ attitude and courage to go ahead and do it! Take that first step. You will be surprised of the outcomes. Great personalities around the world did something, took that first step which unlocked their opportunities. A celebrated entrepreneur, Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, believes in taking action regardless of the risks involved. He started by founding a student magazine, which struggled to get advertisers at first, but with his ‘can do’ attitude he never gave in, the magazine eventually gained exposure that attracted advertisers. Hence he managed to start Virgin from a limited budget he had and years later the group has become an empire. Another example is Oprah Winfrey, a media mogul, queen of talk shows. Oprah’s journey to success began when she landed a job in radio where she co-anchored the local evening news, she was then transferred to a daytime-talk-show and the rest…you know it. What you can pick up from these examples is that both personalities started somewhere; they had to take action to attain results and that has determined how we see them today. There are many more other exemplary personalities, I am sure you also have your own list. Good news is: You can also begin your journey today by taking that first step. It could be anything from making a phone call, typing an email, or approaching relevant people and seek advice. “If you can dream it, you can do it” – Walt Disney
Follow Up & Be Consistent
How many times have you heard people making promises and then do not deliver them? Words are easily uttered. Governments around the world, for instance, are always criticized for not delivering some of their promises. Citizens want to see results. We, as individuals, do the same thing when we do not deliver our promises through action. We are caught up in our own comfort zones and sometimes that disallow us from moving beyond our current positions. Now that you have started with your first step, you need to move from point A to point B and that means you will need to do more. Familiarise yourself with taking more actions that will lead you to where you want to be. For an example, if your vision is to be recognized as a key player within your industry, you obviously need to put extra efforts (i.e. do the extraordinary, explore challenging areas, have your head above water) and that will stretch your list of possibilities and move a bar or two. Soon your vision will become a reality.