Monday, 7 April 2008

Goal Achievement - The Importance of Taking Action to Achieve Success

Recently, I entered a competition to win tickets for The Capital Factor - a conference that was held in Denver, Colorado last weekend.

It was actually something I heard Tim Ferriss, author of "The 4-Hour Workweek™" discuss in one of his interviews that prompted me to enter the competition in the first place.

In an interview with Joe Polish and Maria Forleo, Tim talked about how he challenges his Princeton students. When he first started teaching at Princeton, he recognised after a few classes that while his students agreed with him in the classroom once they set foot outside the classroom that the majority of students seemed to:

1. Promptly forget what they were taught,
2. Did the opposite to what they were taught, or
3. Took no action at all.

Does any of this sound familiar?

So Tim decided to start issuing a challenge to his students. There were several elements to the challenge, one of which was to contact three impossibly to reach people and get them to answer one question each that they always wanted to ask them. He added that the more difficult the person was to reach and the better the question the more he would be impressed.

The student who achieved this in the most impressive fashion stood to win a free round trip to anywhere in the world.

There was a catch. The deadline was very tight - 48 hours.

Still, you would think that Tim's students would be falling over themselves for the opportunity to win such a fantastic prize. In reality, the first time Tim did this no one completed the challenge. Interestingly enough, the reason why no one completed the challenge was because they assumed that everyone else was going to do it. Some 40 students or so had expressed their enthusiasm for taking on the challenge but no one followed through.

They didn't take action because they assumed that everyone else would and that the competition would be too stiff. They grossly over-estimated the competition. The second time Tim issued the challenge three people did it.

Now the competition I entered was nowhere near as challenging as the challenge that Tim set his students yet I rationalised that I would have a good chance of winning because relatively few people would take part. You see this wasn't simply a competition based on chance. You had to write a blog entry explaining why you wanted to win the tickets.

So I wrote the blog entry and I won two tickets valued at $997 each to attend the conference. However, as I only received the news on Wednesday and as I would have to fly the very next day, I decided not to go. It wasn't an impossible feat but I simply had too much to do in too little time. I'm sure you know the feeling.

Anyway, I did gain access to the audios from last year's Capital Factor event. This was a great bonus and something which I would not have gained if I did not take ACTION.

In fact, one of the audios is a presentation by Matt Adams on "Taking Action". I think it's such a great presentation that I wanted to share it with you.

It covers:

~ How to overcome the perils of perfectionism

~ The difference between living a life of action versus living a life of potential

~ How the 80:20 rule applies to taking action

~ The importance of mindset in achieving your goals

~ How to and why you should project confidence

~ The importance of continued learning

~ Why, in this day and age, if you're not moving forward you're are definitely moving backwards

~ The three things you should commit to if you want to create positive change in your life

~ The number one thing that you need to pay attention to in order to achieve your goals

~ The value of your imagination and how to put yours to work for maximum benefit

And more all packed into a presentation that lasts just over 30 minutes.

You can listen to this presentation by clicking the audio player below:

Alternatively, click HERE for an AudioPostcard with this "Taking Action" presentation and do share it with a friend. There are powerful messages contained within this presentation that anyone, no matter how successful they are, can apply to their life to massively increase their level of success.

Remember, the definition of insanity is to do the same things over and over again but yet expect a different result. So if you want to achieve something different in your life make a decision today to start taking action.

But don't just continue on your same old path if that is not producing the results that you want. First do the following three things:

1. Examine your actions,
2. Analyse your results, and
3. Seek advice, if necessary, from a trusted source.

Then formulate your WINNING ACTION PLAN and put that to work for you.

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