In recent books and articles I’ve been reading:
- Seth Godin: In, “Linchpin,” he repeatedly reminds everyone to ship! If you want to be recognized for something you have to have shipped something. In, “Poke the Box,” Seth again prods us to ship things, to initiate.
- David Allen: “Getting Things Done,” is all about organizing your life so as to improve productivity—and decrease stress. A key tool: Next Actions. What is a Next Action? It’s something you initiate, start, do, did.
- Harvey Mackay’s current Weekly Column (formerly at http://www.harveymackay.com/columns/column_this_week.cfm): Mackay’s Moral: You can’t win the race if you never start.
- Chris Brogan & Julien Smith: “Trust Agents” has a section at the end of each chapter, “Actions:…” Throughout, you see references to constantly contributing (doing); making your own rules (initiating); execute (do something, anything, but do something).
A number of friends have commented about my having ‘started blogging,’ and wished they could as well. You know, it started, one step at a time. I figured out ‘what’ it was, ‘how’ I wanted to approach it, and then I ‘wrote’ the first one. Each article’s like walking toward town: one, after another, after another, after… One day, still hiking, I look behind me to go, “…well, it actually looks like I’ve accomplished something.” Then go write another…
So, let me encourage you: Whatever it is you want to do, whatever it might be you’ve been afraid of doing, whatever your dream might be: Start. Initiate. Do it. Now.
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