The four C’s of success
Last month I talked about discovery. This month I want to talk about taking action around your discoveries, goals, ideas and dreams.
How often do you think of your goals and dreams or great ideas you come up with? OK, then what? Do you get stuck there or do you take action? Sometimes the biggest challenge is taking action. You can see it in your mind’s eye, but that’s where it stays.
When I think about goals, ideas and dreams I think about all of the startups downtown and the entrepreneurs who have started their businesses. Most of these people, I would bet, have used some of the tools I share below. Their commitment, choices, changing habits and consistency of taking action have assisted them in being successful.
The first action step is to write down your ideas. This makes them a commitment. It also gives you a visual of what they look like. Visuals can be a powerful tool to helping you make a commitment. For example, I had two ideas of something that I wanted to do—a coaching company and an events company. I wrote down all of the things that I wanted or needed in order to make my ideas come to life. After looking at everything I wrote down, I knew I had some choices to make about what I needed to focus on.
The second action step is to make choices around what it is you really want to do. Remember, choices have consequences, good and bad. So the choices you make need to be right for you. Keep in mind, even when you make choices you think are right, you may need to go back and make different choices if things are not working out the way you thought they would. After I tried doing both coaching and events, it became clear I needed to focus on my coaching first. I also realized I could do events within my coaching company.
The third action step is changing habits. We all have certain habits we’ve developed, but ask yourself if those habits are helping or hindering you with your ideas and goals. For example, if you want to have a healthier lifestyle, are you changing what you are eating, how much you are eating and when you are eating? Have you written down an exercise plan? You can change a few habits that will have a big impact on getting the results you want.
The fourth action step is to be consistent. This is how you will start seeing results. You can use a calendar (one you can write on for visual support) to set up time to work on your ideas and plan. Decide how many days and how much time you will spend each week working on the plan. By doing this, you are creating time and space for what you are passionate about. You will notice you are accomplishing things. They are taking shape! And notice how you feel after you take action. Gandhi said, “You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
Your action for today is to think of one opportunity you have and what is stopping you from pursuing it. Remember, a window of opportunity won’t open itself.
Augusta Scott is a certified life coach, downtown denizen and a person to know within the downtown community. Email her at DowntownAbby@dtZEN.com. For coaching opportunities visit Augusta’s website: www.AugustaScott.com.