What's Your Action Plan Definition?

Chapter 12: Get-To-It-Tive-Ness

Develop your own action plan definition using our Goal Setting For Success tool. In this chapter you'll learn how to do what others aren't willing to do in order to succeed.

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Lofty dreams, backed by well planned goals require that you be willing to take action. The term "get-to-it-tive-ness" represents the level that one is willing to push to do whatever is necessary in order to ensure progress and to eventually achieve a desired outcome.

The tools and the insights we have shared thus far in this goal setting guide are meant to open your eyes to the wonderful things that can happen when you have a clear purpose, a specific plan and the right mindset.

But there is still one very important ingredient that is absolutely necessary in order for your plan to come full circle. On a consistent basis you must take action in order to always be moving forward. Each and every day, be sure you take action, however small, to continually progress toward your goal.

It is one thing to have a plan, but no plan is worth anything, if you are unwilling or unable to fully execute it.

So what are you waiting for? GET-TO-IT!

"Do it now! You become a success the moment you begin moving toward a worthwhile goal."

Successful people are the sort of individuals who when they see a piece of trash on the office floor, they pick it up. They do not think it is beneath them, they just know that it's a piece of trash - it needs to be picked up, and they happen to be in the closest vicinity to accomplish the task. End of story, no more trash on the floor, life moves on.

For some reason, scores of other people walked right past that same piece of trash on the floor. You know many of these people looked down and saw the item, only to walk right past it as if they might catch a disease if they were to associate themselves with a janitorial task.

The fact is that successful people do what unsuccessful people aren't willing to do. They do what needs done because that is who they are - they are "Do'ers".  They've developed in themselves an instinct for accomplishment and that is how they make continual progress toward their goals.

In this spirit, we offer you this action plan definition: "Get-to-it-tive-ness - what successful people possess and exhibit routinely."  But remember, not everyone's action plan definition is the same.  

Take time to identify what motivates you to take action. Tie your purpose to your outcomes and you'll always be able to find the motivation.

Six Action Plan Definition Planning Steps

In Chapter 7 we talked about The Price of Admission, which provides simple steps for developing your master action plan.  As you create your personal action plan definition, keep these six simple steps in mind:

  1. What do I want to achieve?  Write it down and be as vivid as you can be as you describe what it is, exactly, that you want.
  2. Why do I want to achieve it?  Again, take as much time as you need to explain the "why" behind your goal.  In many ways this is the single most important step because it is your "why" that will get you through the hardest times along your journey.  
  3. What's it going to take to get there? You must be as specific as possible.  Take time to research what will be required in order to achive success. For each required action, your answer will not be complete until it includes details of How much? Of What? By When? By Whom?

By preparing fully before action is taken, you'll greatly increase your chance of success when you do finally begin to execute your plan. 

"First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do."

- Epictetus

Success Lesson #23: Today Is The Day!

When determining your own action plan definition, you are encouraged to establish the bar for yourself as high as humanly possible.

Never before in the world's history have we stood upon the brink of such mighty things as we do today. All the past ages have been like a snowball rolling up to the greatness of here and now.

"Upon the brink of mighty things we stand!"

Line from a Harvard class poem, A Troop of the Guard

Today is the sum of all the past centuries. It is the storehouse into which the ages have poured their treasures. Every inventor, every discoverer, every philosopher and workman who has ever lived has contributed the results of his efforts to this day.

Too many people, unfortunately, seem to think that any time other than the present would be the best time to live in. But they will all miss out on what is right in front of them.

"That a remarkable starting point it is for anyone who decides that 'Today is the day I change my life for the better!"

Those who will move the world forward must be a part of it, fully engaged in it, and committed to doing all he or she can to make the future even brighter.

Live in the present and use your time today to the best possible advantage.

Never spend your time looking back in regret over your mistakes or failures. It is done and it is now in the past. Instead, take what you've learned and use your experiences to ensure your future success.

Create an action plan definition for your life and live it to the fullest - make your life a masterpiece!

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