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Dreams and desires never bring us the results we crave for; it is, indeed, our actions that do. As W. Clement Stone said,

“Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.”

No matter what you want, how strong your desire is, how much will you have to achieve it, and how sound and strategic your plan is, you’ll have zero chances of getting there unless you marry them with the necessary action—period. This is a simple, but undeniable truth.

Once you clean up your mind and focus it on the most important thing in your life or at a given moment, create a foolproof strategic plan, take that massive action, and leave the rest to the universe, you will be rewarded with far more than what you expected. After all, that’s what Karma says: Just do your work without losing your mind over the results. Don’t confuse this notion with “shooting without aiming.” It simply says, “be focused on what you’re supposed to be doing, put your heart, mind, and soul into it, and just do it with an unquenchable thirst and unfathomable passion without any attachment or anxiety about the results.” The essence of it is, true results are always preceded as well as pre-determined by your focused-determined-actions, and everything else is secondary.

So, the key step in any process, in order to get your desired results, is taking that right action. And, the way to guarantee massive results is Massive Action. As the term Massive implies, if you go an extra mile and give your best, you can increase the chances of getting far beyond your original expectations. This is the prime quality and very nature of highly successful individuals. They never put forth only the effort that’s required, they never perform just as expected to, and they never run only the required distance. They give far more than they are asked for, and often, far more than they can. This is the signature quality that makes high achievers who they are, and they never do it to show off or impress others. They just do it because that’s who they are, and that’s how a fully committed person does it. In short—that’s their identity.

If ACTION is the ultimate key…

  • Why don’t we do it?
  • Why don’t we take that action?
  • Why do we simply fail to act and wander around wasting our valuable time and energy?

Well, people don’t always fail to take action because they are lazy or ignorant of its importance. But, unfortunately, this is not as simple as it seems. There are a good number of forces that play a vital role in determining one’s success in taking action, and I call that constellation of factors – The Action Pyramid.’

John Maxwell, the leadership guru, talks about four types of people, based on their commitment and action toward achieving their goals or dreams.

He calls ’em:
Cop-outs:      People who have no goals and no commitments.

Hold-outs:    People who don’t know if they can reach their goals, so they’re afraid to commit.

Drop-outs:    People who start toward a goal but quit when the going gets tough. I believe there is a subgroup of individuals under this category that I call “Try-outs” or “Hop-outs.” These individuals always stay busy, trying too many things, only to quit everything in the middle, as the going gets tough. They simply go in circles hopping from place-to-place, goal-to-goal, and project-to-project without any measurable results or success.

All-outs:         People who set goals, commit to them, and pay the price for reaching them.

Who do you call the true warrior? Of course, it’s the All-outs, who never give up on their goals and who, with their “can- do” attitude, carry the torch and accomplish their goals and dreams. They may change their plans and approaches as needed from time to time, but they simply never stop taking that massive action with a laser focus on their goals until they get the results they desire.

Just remember the golden words or Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of ‘The Power of Positive Thinking,’

“Be an all-out, not a hold-out.”

And, know which type you are, and figure out how you can push yourself into becoming an All-out, if you are not there yet. Only then can you change the direction of your life and make your journey easier, faster, and more certain.

P.S. Find such pearls of wisdom and fountain of inspiration from Chapter 9. Step 5: Take “Massive Action” or “Act Big” of my upcoming book The New [Me]: A 5-Step Code to Unlock Your True Potential Beyond College.

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