Thursday, December 13, 2012

ACTION - Secret to Success in 2013

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” – Helen Keller

2013 is a few days away, and we are gradually getting to that time when we will all start making New Year resolutions which is not bad at all, like many of us made at the beginning of this outgoing year. Or let us look at it like this, you set goals and will set other ones for the coming year.

As beautiful as that is as an idea, it is not all you need to get to where you want to get to at the end of this 2013, hence the encouragement and challenge I bring to you through this piece – ACTION! (Or as the title of one of my books says, “Make that Move”). In the words of Thomas Henry Huxley, “The great end of life is not knowledge (or just merely making resolutions and having goals), but action.” (Emphasis mine)

Isaac Newton is well remembered for several laws of motion propounded by him. One of such is, “Everything remains in a state of constant rest until an external force is applied.” Or we may say it like this, until ACTION is taking.

We live in a world of action and reaction, where if you don’t move nothing will move. Nothing happens by accident, someone has to make it happen or at least set the process in motion.

Do you know that in this world nobody is useless or incapable of anything? We only have people who will not act or take action. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Do the thing and you will have the power.”
Most of us have a dependent mentality. We are always waiting for someone to give us things, when in actual sense we can go out there and make things happen for ourselves and the world at large. I once heard someone say, “The world is not waiting for your explanation; they are waiting for your manifestation.”
According to Peter Marshall, “Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.”
Do you also know that if you remove the letter “I” from the word “ACTION” what you will have left is ‘ACT ON?’

That exactly is the point, you have what it takes to succeed in this world, you just have to ‘ACT ON’ it.

You may be wondering what it is you have and which you can ‘ACT ON.’ Very simple! The man by the name Solomon David Jesse said, “The gift of a man will make room for him and bring him before great men.”

You are to ‘ACT ON’ the same resolutions and goals you have for 2013 and by extension you gifts or talents, abilities and potentials; your God-given ideas, whatever it is – ‘ACT ON’ it. Ross Perot puts it in this light, “One idea can make you live like royalty for the rest of your life.”

Someone once observed that “Your talent is a gift to you from God, what you do with it is your gift back to God.” It is the secret to your success and fulfillment in life. Neglect it, and you regret it! Praise George, one of Nigeria’s relationship gurus said, “Success is a process that is consciously created. It is a personal responsibility which cannot be abdicated.”

As I bring this piece to its logical conclusion, I want you to take a thoughtful look at the following quotes:

Bishop T. D. Jakes says, “If success does not come after you, you go after success.” And Bill Newman in like manner said, “Opportunities do not come to those who wait, they are captured by those who dare to attack.”

“Faith without works (or corresponding action) is dead…” Bible.

“Action,” says Victor Gonzalez, “Is the first step towards success.”

“The first step to the Ultimate Success Formula is to know your outcome, that is, to define precisely what you want. The second step is to take action – otherwise your desires will always be dreams.” – Anthony Robbins

Remain progressively progressing.

I am your friend, Abiodun Mabadeje 

Motivator, author and an actor.