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Action vs Delay…
We can spend our entire lives dreaming, thinking, planning and preparing to accomplish our goals, but without action, those goals and dreams will never be anything more than a desire.
It is true that we must first know what it is that we want to accomplish before we can move forward but in order to get from point A to point B, our success essentially comes down to acting on our knowledge and plans and taking the steps necessary to move forward. By taking action, we create the movement that is necessary to make things happen. If we look at action as an accelerating force that moves or pulls us forward, we can also look at delay as an accelerating force that pulls us back and keeps us stuck. Delay works in opposition to action. There are many factors that feed each of these forces. The better we can manage the decelerating force of delay, the more acceleration and momentum we will experience in moving forward.
We know that action leads to results. But just knowing this isn’t enough. Knowing it and doing it are two very different things. Taking action is not always easy. Most people know what they need to do; it is not acting on that knowledge that prevents them from accomplishing their ambitions.
Nothing happens without Action. Creating action begins with tapping into the reason behind what the client really wants and what action is necessary to obtain the desired goal. Before the client will move forward, however, there must be a strong desire for the result of the action to take place.
Creating action requires a process. Process is important to be able to reach an objective. During this process of awareness and growth for the client, the techniques of encouragement and endorsement will be invaluable for the coach. The client will need to be acknowledged for the steps they are taking and encouraged to continue on the path.
Once the client works through the process and has established the goals that enthuse them – that they feel passionate about – it is time to create an action plan. This plan will create a structure for the client to work with. Often people think that goal setting is the end of the action process. On the contrary, it is only the beginning. Once the goals are established, the client will need to create an action plan in order to reach the desired goal.
Before creating an action plan, the coach will need to support the client through the process of discovery. Many clients think they know what they want, but once they begin to dig deeper, the client may discover that what they thought they wanted and what they truly want are two separate things.
Coach the client in creating a list of what they will need to do, both internally and externally, to prepare for the journey. This may include aspects such as creating time every day for meditation, writing a journal or exercising. Setting up structure to support the actions that need to be taken will be an important step in the process of achieving goals. To be successful in the process, the client will benefit by preparing ahead of time before setting out on their journey.
Positive affirmations are powerful statements for the mind. This tool has the tendency to create what one really wants. Have the client come up with several affirmations that will support them in moving forward. Also, have them write it down and place the affirmation(s) where they are often visible to the eye. You may also request that the client write down their affirmations every day. This is an excellent way to create focus in the right direction.
Creating action is about setting up a good solid structure for the purpose of moving your client forward. As a coach, you can help your client achieve what they desire by simply creating action.