Ask any experienced leader and they will tell you that the key to success isn’t about ideas. Nor is it about motivation. Or studying. Or reading books. Or taking an online course.

All of those activities will lead you towards success but the only thing that matters is that you take action.

No amount of thinking, writing, reading, pumping yourself up, attending training sessions will replace taking action.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to get better. After all, is there anything better in life than the feeling of victory?

Motivation is overrated

Unfortunately, the downside of wanting to get better and looking for ways to self-improve is that you run into a lot of conventional advice about motivation.

Most people want you to believe that motivation and passion are the keys to success. How many times have you heard someone say something along the lines of “If I could just find something I am passionate about….” Or “if I just had a great idea……”

Whether it’s having a great idea or feeling so motivated that you’re willing to run around town with your hands raised like Rocky Balboa, none of that matters if it is not followed up with ACTION.

Taking Action is the only thing that counts

While the rest of the crowd is sitting around, waiting for that perfect idea or that ideal timing or waiting to get motivated, you can make huge grounds and earn your success.

If the only “plan” you have is to spend one hour every day DOING something specific that moves you towards your goals, then success will simply be a matter of when.

The ability to sit down, focus, do what needs to be done consistently will allow you to overcome any skill, talent or intelligence shortfalls that are working against you.

It seems overly simple, but the ability to take action consistently and execute one’s ideas is extremely rare.

Stop Waiting

A huge mistake people make when it comes to ideas is that they wait for the perfect condition.

Let’s say Joe wants to start a business. He has the perfect idea to turn his little vegetable garden into a side business as he wants to start making pickled vegetables and selling them in his community.

It’s a great idea that has him excited but right when he’s about to start picking the vegetables for the next stage, doubts start to flood his mind:

  • What if someone else is already selling this?
  • What if I make too many jars?
  • How much am I going to charge for this? Is $5 per jar too steep?

As he starts to ask these questions, he starts to do more thinking than doing and before he knows it, the idea has died in his head and he didn’t even make one jar.

Here is a simple rule to remember; the longer the idea sits in your mind, the more likely it will remain an idea.

Turn Ideas into Reality

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” – General George S. Patton

If an idea is not combined with massive action, it is just a thought. Far too many people want to get rewarded for simply coming up with an idea but the harsh truth is, no one gets rewarded for ideas. There is nothing hard about coming up with an idea because an idea is just a thought.

On the other hand, if you can take your idea and execute it by taking massive amounts of action consistently, you will be that rare breed who will actually taste success down the line.

Rock it! Sandra