The First Step

“Ready, fire, aim is superior to ready, aim, aim, aim.”

~Steve Pavlina

When I first became interested in personal development I used to read personal development material for hours every single day.  I used to watch motivational video, after motivational motivational video.  I used to plan all the steps I needed to take to reach my goals.  But I never took action.

Too many people fall into the trap of reading article after article, book after book, podcast after podcast, without ever taking action.  It’s easy to spend your days consuming personal development material and believe you’re making progress toward your goals.  I’m here to tell you you’re not.

Nobody ever learned to ride a bike by reading a book.  Unapplied knowledge is next to useless.  It’s easy to sit on your computer and read articles because it’s “safe”.  But until you start taking action, however scary that may seem, you’re never going to accomplish anything.

Because you’re reading an article about taking action I’m going to assume you have some type of goal you want to achieve.  Maybe you want to lose weight or make more money.   It doesn’t matter what your goal is as long as it’s something you want and not a goal your family, friends, or society is pressuring you to accomplish.  Don’t read any further until you have a goal in mind.

Alright, now that you’ve got a goal I want you to think of one action you could take to bring yourself a step closer to your goal.  If you want to become a blogger register a domain.  If you want to become an author write the first page of your book.  If you want to start a band purchase an instrument.

Once you’ve thought of an action you could take… take it.  Even if it feels like in the grand scheme of things it’s not going to make a difference, take it.  Because Action Precedes Motivation it will motivate you to take further action.

After you’ve taken your first action take another step toward your goal the next day.  And the next day.  And everyday following that until you achieve your goal.

Don’t let this be just another forgotten article.  Take that first step.

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