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TYL #35: Taking Action (Even When You’re Not Ready) with Tracy Timm

Written by on 19 Oct 2016

Welcome back to Week 5, the FINAL week, in our series on achieving your most-serious goals.

Remember that awesome audio from my buddy, Will? Well, let me remind you of the 5 steps we distilled from that awesomeness nugget that he gifted to us.

Here’s the breakdown:

  1. Know the needle you want to move.
  2. Know why you intend to move that needle.
  3. Know where you want the needle to go.
  4. Know how to move that dang needle.

And most importantly…

  1. Do the things that move that dang needle!

Put even more simply:

  1. Choose a goal.
  2. Define your “why”.
  3. Determine what “winning” looks like.
  4. Figure out what you need to do to move closer to that goal.

And of course, most importantly…

  1. TAKE ACTION.

So far, we’ve covered Steps 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 (uh, duh): choosing a goal, defining your “why,” determining what winning looks like, and figuring out what activities will be your key indicators of success.

Last week was Step Four: figuring out what actions are going to move you closer to your goal.

We called these activities, “key indicators.” Key indicators are essential to actually moving the “accomplishing process” forward.

Passion is great. Vision is great. Goals are great. But without activities necessary to move the needle, nothing gets done.

Nothing changes. Nothing gets learned. Nothing moves forward.

Nothing gets done without meaningful, measurable, manageable activities.

And as you may remember, one of the reasons that we don’t take the meaningful steps toward our goals is because, in actuality, we are afraid to get started.

That feeling takes on new meaning in Step 5 of our method of accomplishment..

Step 5 is very, very, very, very simple.

Yes, I needed that many “very’s” despite the fact that my Constitutional Law TA in college advised that I never use the word “very” in my writing ever again.

Step 5 is doing the things that move the needle.

Aka—finally taking some damn action.

As Will said during his rant to end all rants,

If I know the fuel is in the engine and I know what winning looks like and we have a needle and Iknow what moves the needle… hey, now we’re talkin’ here.

Once that’s done, let’s have some fun with it.

I think it’s gonna work.

If you’ve diligently (or even non-diligently) gone through the last four steps of this process then you have everything you need to accomplish your goals.

The last logical step, then, is actually doing the things you need to do to accomplish those goals.

In case no one else has shared this with you or you haven’t lived long enough to figure this out, I’m going to give you the secret that’s been evading you and your goals since the beginning of time.

It’s a quote from one of my internet favorites, Marie Forleo.

It’s simply this:

“Insight comes from action, not thought.”

Hope on into the podcast to find out what that means!


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