Candidly, it hard to get things done. Of course, some things are easy, but many of them are quite difficult. We are always looking for ways to do things better, faster, and with less worry and work. Years ago, I came upon one of the most simple and powerful quotes I've ever read. It's from Mohandas Gandhi, who in his 78 years of life, gave us so many great quotes (and his actions too!).
"Action Expresses Priorities."
That's it. That's MY secret to getting things done.
Think about it — All of your actions, all the things you do, all the things you deliver — set your priorities. Once you take action, you instantly decide what you want to do first. Why? People tend to act upon those things that have meaning to them.
But I think it's deeper than that. I think when you don't know what to do, you need to just take action anywhere and suddenly certain things will start to fall into place.
But that's the problem today — we don't take action. We're afraid to — we procrastinate, over-analyze, and postpone because we are sometimes afraid of action.
Because action will ensure we have to make a decision — we have to do something that is sometimes hard, or we will have to deal with the results of that action.
But what we don't realize is that action moves us forward. It propels us . . . it forces us to rocket faster and faster. And sometimes we are afraid of that.
So ask yourself:
- How can I take action today?
- What should I do first? Second? Third?
- What should I stop doing?
So the next time you are putting off something — a decision, a task, a phone-call — just think "Action Expresses Priorities".