Take Action

This is a guest post by fellow Canadian Marc-Andre Terriault

Take ActionA lot of people don’t realize how taking action is part of their daily lives. It’s basically found in everything you do… When you get up in the morning, you’re taking action. When you walk over to the bathroom, you’re also taking action. When you brush your teeth, you guessed it, you’re taking action. And these actions that you take can go on and on for the whole day. The reason we don’t realize this is because we have formed a habit of doing them.

And I can guarantee that these actions you have taken for so many years are not doing anything for you. Why? You have unconsciously programmed yourself to constantly do those actions.

What you need to do in order to find success in your life is to start by taking precise action to achieve the goals that you set out for yourself.

Now, let’s look at an example: if your goal is to run a marathon, then the actions that you need to take have to be specifically related to that goal. Some of the actions that you may take include: Running three times a week for 30 mins, stretching, weight training etc. But these actions cannot be done automatically; you must make a CONSCIOUS effort. That is what makes the difference.

Another example would be investing in real estate. Here’s a quick list of some of the actions that you would take to find success: searching for viable investment locations, considering which properties would be best for your system, making an offer, closing the offer with a lawyer, finding a tenant, etc.

You see, success is directly related to the action you take toward a specific goal that you have.

But the most important thing about taking action is taking action on taking action. I hope I didn’t confuse you. But allow me to explain. When you decide to take action you’ve accomplished the very first step which is very good but in reality this is the second most critical part. The most critical part is actually doing what you said you were going to do.

Now when it comes to “the most critical part”, a lot of people have the same excuses. Right from the start they give themselves a reason why they can’t be successful. And I hear the same ones time and time again. The two most popular excuses are: I don’t have time or I don’t have any money!

That’s when I ask them specific questions related to the goal that they may have. Questions like: “so why don’t you wake up 30 mins earlier in the morning to go and run?” or “Why don’t you look for some investors to help you purchase a property?”

When I listen to their answers, I always hear more excuses. And that tells me that these people are not ready to find success. Even though they say they want to accomplish a particular goal, deep down they don’t want to take action to actually find success.

Things in life don’t just happen; the great physicist Sir Isaac Newton once said: “for each action there is an equal re-action”. This rule also applies in the opposite direction. Tell yourself: “When I do nothing, nothing happens” (action = doing nothing, re-action = nothing happens).

After reading this I hope that you can really understand the meaning of “Actions speaks louder then words”.

So the next time you feel that you are not finding success in your life, ask yourself “what specific action am I taking towards accomplishing my goals?”


If you like what you just read then you’ll love the information that Marc-Andre provides in his e-book title “It Starts Here: Discover How You Can Find Success in Your Life


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4 responses to “Take Action

  1. Everyday I fight myself to take action on the little things in order to train myself “to do” instead of “not to do”. The reason we put off, or just don’t do is we feel the task is to large and will take to much effort. I break down the “large task” into the smallest tasks possible. How’s the saying go…”how do you eat an elephant? one bit at a time” or something like that. it’s so true and you’ll be amazed at how even the most daunting task can be easily accomplished if you just take it one small step at a time.

  2. Dave

    Thanks Scott for your comments! It’s funny how you mentioned the elephant quote, Julie’s Grandma has been saying that to her for years – you can’t eat an elephant all at once! And while it is a bit of a crude saying (if you think about it too much), there is 100% truth in it.

    Julie starts everyday with her To Do list. But, it doesn’t stop there, she fine tunes this list of “To Do’s” down to what is important and will move her closer to her goals. If it’s not moving her towards her goal of X, then she puts it on the backburner for another time.

    I am learning from her as I go, and am instilling this into my daily routine (create your To Do list and prioritize it based on your goals). Every day I get a little bit better at knocking the important things off my list.

    Keep up the great blogging (I have started reading it after the recent REI Battle where I saw some of your comments)!



  3. I would add that just making simple decision is a great way to keep moving forward – even small decision is better than no action


    • What a great tip!! It’s true… just like writing something down is such a simple thing to do yet it moves you forward. That is the most important thing – to move forward! Thanks Mike.

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