We’ve all heard the phrase, “If you’re going to be something in life, you have to do something.”
In today’s tech savvy society, it’s easy to do a lot (or at least prepare) and not really do anything at all. There are many people who read every blog and business book on the planet, but never do anything with the information. All of the principles and lessons, case studies and opinions are easily consumed but never put into action.
It’s like the guy that plans and trains to climb Mount Everest. He finally gets to base camp and goes, “Yep. I’m here!” “Aren’t you going to climb the mountain?” “Nope. It’s as far as I’m going to go. I’m just going to hang out here and watch everybody else climb the mountain.”
That’s a waste of time, energy, and your life. If you want to be something, don’t just prepare for it, don’t just study for it. Put those principles into practice. Do something! Here’s how:
- Formulate a plan of action. What is it that you’re going to do and how are you going to do it? If you want to read 17 books on leadership, how are you actually going to implement those leadership lessons? How will you measure if it’s working or you’re becoming more successful? Don’t just read the books and hope that someday you’ll become a leader.
- Implement the plan. Make sure that you’re following the plan as best as possible and tweaking where needed. Set reasonable action steps and don’t quit. Quit saying tomorrow and avoiding the difficult tasks.
- Get actual results. How is it working? What’s the accountability in the process? What do you need to change? What’s working well, what’s not working? Dig into it and discover whether or not your plan is effective. Are the 17 books making you a better leader? Would one-on-one coaching or a seminar be a better use of your time and resources?
- Re-evaluate the process. Go back to the drawing board and start all over again. Discover what it takes to get to the next level.
If you will follow these steps, you’ll make it considerably further than just base camp. You might just climb your Everest!