So what’s worse—A starter who never finishes or a finisher who never starts?
Either way, to accomplish whatever it is we want from our business, we can’t simply will it into being. Instead, we must take strategic, persistent, and consistent action to make it so.
Below are ten quotes on action— and some of my commentary. Use these quotes to help you shake the rust off, grease the gears, and get moving toward your vision.
➀ Newton's First Law of Motion
In business (especially small business), it’s imperative to keep your feet moving forward constantly. Yes, you can coast once in a while. However, I don’t recommend allowing your business ever to lose momentum.
A body at rest tends to stay at rest. For a small business, that’s a recipe for failure!
Leverage the power of momentum!
➁ Action Conquers Fear
Yes, business can be scary at times—that new project may seem daunting. Your new marketing campaign may seem like such a burden. That new sales initiative may seem like an uphill battle.
Could that explain your procrastination?
Remember, procrastination is your mind’s defense mechanism that helps you avoid the pain you’ve associated with taking action.
So how do we conquer the fear? Begin by reading the following action quote.
➂ Just Get Started
I played a lot of baseball as a youth. And during that period, I learned numerous lessons that I carry forward to this day.
For example, baseball screams concepts like focus, discipline, repetition, and calculated action—all critical to winning in business.
Although our mission was always to win the World Series or win the tournament we were in, it was drilled into us to focus only on one pitch, one batter, one inning, and one game at a time.
Our coaches pushed us to stay focused and excellently execute just the immediate task at hand.
The game didn’t wait for us, though. We couldn’t procrastinate stepping up to the plate. There are rules to the game, and it moves forward regardless, just like the world of business. So it won’t wait too long for you. If you don’t get moving, someone else is ready and willing to take your spot.
So get moving.
Identify the one thing—one small task that would move your business forward if you were to do it right now.
Identify it and nail it!
That simple little first step makes it so much easier to take a second step—and then a third—and so on.
Next thing you know, you go from standing still, to walking, to full-out sprinting with the wind at your back!
➃ Make It Happen
I frequently leverage this action quote with my coaching clients, especially when discussing sales or the lack thereof.
Want more sales? Put a game plan together and take massive action. It’s that simple.
Of course, as their business coach, I offer to help them assemble that plan and hold them accountable for accomplishing it.
Typically I can quickly assess one’s potential for success. I base it on whether the client is sporting a proactive or reactive posture to whatever it is they say they want.
Essentially, if you are waiting for someone to hand it to you, that’s reactive.
However, if you are consistently and persistently taking massive action based on your game plan, that’s proactive!
Which one are you?
Note that it is very likely that you may be proactive with certain things and reactive with others. That is why having a rock star team that complements one another is very beneficial. Do what you do best and hire out the rest.
➄ Avoid Eating Scraps
Ever heard the saying the early bird gets the worm? Well, if I’m hungry and, if the choices are to sit around and hope to eat or get off my ass and find food, I’ll get into massive action asap.
Are you hungry enough?
If not, what has to happen in order to stimulate action?
➅ Play Full-Out
Playing full out requires action—massive action.
Not just any action, though. I’ve never been a fan of action for action’s sake. However, I am a huge fan of strategic, tactical, and planned action.
That’s what sets the stage for winning.
And winning is contagious; It makes it so much easier to stay in action.
Are you playing full-out?
➆ Don't Just Look At It
➇ Make Time Your Ally
How are you using your time? Are you in action doing busyness or business?
My secret here…
I apply the 80/20 rule. Typically, 20% of actions drive 80% of results. But, conversely, 80% of actions drive only 20% of results. Hmmm—worth investigating?
Which actions of yours fall into that 20%? Identify those. Do those. Look to mitigate or eliminate the rest.
Sounds brutal… I know. However, I highly encourage you to consider trying on this approach.
➈ Is It The Right Time For Action?
Do you love what you do? How about who you do it for? Is your product top-notch? Does it bring value to its intended audience?
If so, what are you waiting for? Get moving. There will never be a more perfect time than right now. The time is always right to do what’s right!
➉ System To Quiet Your Mind
I love this action quote! It’s simple and effective. No explanation is needed.
Try it on.
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Let's Wrap It Up
Well, there’s my list of 10 motivational quotes on ‘action.’ Fond of any other famous (or maybe not so famous) quotes that move you into action? I’d love to hear them. Feel free to share them in the comments below!
Having trouble getting into action? Would you like some help with that? Let’s talk.