How Should You Work Your Plan?
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Up to this point you have done a lot of dreaming, planning, goal setting and laying the financial and motivational groundwork for your destiny. But planning is never enough – at some point, you must act.
The best way to work your plan is to execute it daily.
Not all actions are physical actions. They can be mental as well. Mental actions are called decisions and are as important in creating your own destiny as are physical actions.
My father always told me that when faced with a situation or opportunity, not making a decision to act is actually a decision to not do anything at all.
You have heard (I’m sure) the old proverb:
“He who hesitates is lost.”
It’s similar to being in a car, waiting to pull out into traffic. If you spot an opening, you either stay or go. If you drive out halfway into traffic and then decide to pull back or if you hesitate, you’re more likely to be hit by another car. The same is true in life.
This reminds me of how I obtained a very lucrative job (lucrative because of the stock options). At the time, I wasn’t really looking for a job, as I was happily employed by Toppan Electronics. But a recruiter had been calling me for over several weeks trying to get me excited about a sales position with Merix.
Well, one day about 10:30 a.m., I received a call from John Cavanaugh, a sales manager at Merix. He was in town and his lunch appointment had just cancelled, so he called to ask if I would be interested in meeting with him for lunch as an informal first interview.
At first I declined, thinking: Why should I spend an hour in the car (each way) to meet someone from another organization when I am very content with my current position? I hung up the phone, then thought: He who hesitates in life loses! I immediately called him back to confirm our lunch appointment.
To make a long story short, that first lunch appointment laid the foundation for me eventually getting a job offer.
This was the first job where I made over six figures in annual salary and commissions, and it was the first one to give me a significant amount of stock options as well (all because I didn’t hesitate). Instead I took immediate action. I had only been off the phone for about two seconds before calling him back.
I went after the opportunity that had been presented to me. Your opportunity may also appear this quickly, so it is important not to hesitate, instead execute immediately.
Opportunities are never lost. They are just found by other people who take quick action.
You can also think of taking action another way. I’m sure you’ve copied songs from various artist onto a tape or CD. The songs are all there, ready to be heard. But it’s only when you press the “play” button that you can hear the music, the fruit of your efforts. That’s what taking action is:
Hitting the “play” button in your life
I know that many of you are probably thinking right now: “I’m too busy”, or “That’s easy for you to say, but I have two jobs, a spouse and kids and other responsibilities which take up my time.” Or, “I take evening classes, so I don’t have the time.”
All of us have time constraints. The key is to accept this and still move forward, even if you do only a little bit each day. “Life is hard, but inch by inch, life is a cinch.”
It doesn’t matter how fast you are moving toward your goals. The key is that you are moving toward your goals, steadily, on a daily basis.
Each daily action, no matter how small, will bring you one step closer to your destiny.
This is an excerpt from my book “Creating Your Own Destiny”.
If you are an event or meeting planner, “Executing your goals” is one of the many topics I can speak on, or I will be happy to customize the topic to relate to the needs and interests of the audience I will be speaking to.