I recently began reading the book “The Compound Effect,” by Darren Hardy. As early as the Introduction, I liked what I read. In it, he states, “Here’s the bottom line: You already know all that you need to know to succeed. You don’t need to learn anything more. If all we needed was more information, everyone with an Internet connection would live in a mansion, have abs of steel, and be blissfully happy. New or more information is not what you need – a new plan of action is.” Point taken!
Obviously, I don’t believe that he is promoting a life free of learning. I do believe that it is easy to get caught up in the “I’ll take action after I know more, or when I’m ready,” kind of thinking. I like what author Price Pritchett says. “Make your move before you’re ready.” He goes on to state that once you’re underway, you’ll find that you know more than you know you know. I have worked with individuals who made a career of laying groundwork, assembling facts, and “getting ready.” Pritchett reminds us that the “zero defect” (perfectionism) concept is hostile to moving forward.
After reasonable preparation, take a step in the direction of the desired outcome. Your game plan will develop as you move along. Be vigilant in keeping the desired outcome in mind as you make decisions and take action. It’s possible that your desired outcome may change as you move forward. That’s fine. A “goal” change is healthy, if it’s done as the result of focusing on what you want to experience. It happens all the time. What we need to avoid are goal changes that result from fearful thoughts. Replace fearful thoughts (about what you don’t want to experience) with thoughts of what you desire. Then change course if needed.
As your journey unfolds, you’ll be required to make choices all along the way. Each choice building on previous choices, hence, the “Compound Effect,” that Hardy talks about in his book. He says, and I agree, that “Our choices can be our best friend or our worst enemy. They can deliver us to our goals or send us orbiting into a galaxy far, far away.”
The determining factor in the choices we make is the vision or goal we are wanting to experience. Each and every choice should be in support of those things. As illustrated by the accompanying graphic, we are the choices we make. Make the right ones for your life by birthing them from your visions and goals, not from your fears and doubts.