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Getting the impossible things done

Do you want to get things done?

By this I do not mean your day-to-day routine work. I mean projects that are significant accomplishments in your life.

What is on your ‘impossible’ list?

*Writing the book you have always wanted to write?

*Completely re-engineering your business?

*Learning a new skill or ability?

*Creating financial security?

*Becoming debt free?

One thing I know from personal experience and working with dozens of clients is that if the energy we used talking ourselves out of things or putting them off was put into getting it done, our accomplishments would be astonishing.

About twenty years ago I did some training with Paul McKenna. He started out as a radio DJ, became a successful stage hypnotist and then a big name in personal development. He has several best-selling books out and I believe was at one time was the biggest selling non-fiction author in the UK. He gets things done.

I remember Richard Bandler (co-creator of Neuro Linguistic Programming) once sharing a story about Paul. Richard said that he would go out to dinner with Paul and they would be talking about an idea, such as for a new TV programme, and the next thing would be that Paul would be straight on his phone pitching the idea to a producer.

No over-thinking – he just does it.

I work with a client who has started several successful businesses and the latest went from start up to employing over twenty people within a year.

He thinks differently to most people and has this saying:

‘Fail Fast’

He said to me that the thought of not trying something is far worse than of trying something and having it fail.

What both examples illustrate is one of the most essential ingredients to getting things done…

The power of action

What action does is give you feedback. Thinking about something does not.

What so often happens when people get an idea is that they begin to over-think it. They come up with all the reasons it might fail. They think of how bad they will feel if it does not work out. They convince themselves that now is not the right time. Or that they will start it when they ‘feel right’.

If these kinds of thoughts are entertained the only thing that is certain to happen is the energy leaving the idea like the air from a punctured tyre.

These kind of thoughts are not a reason to hesitate. They are a reason to act.

The only thing that matters is the next action.

As you take action new, inspired thinking will emerge and signposts pointing the way will appear, often as if by magic.

I do not know how this works, but I know that it does.

P.S. What is your impossible project Take the next action and then schedule in the next one immediately.  

John Dashfield

John Dashfield spent 14 years as a self-employed adviser. Since 2006 he has been a coach, mentor and author helping advisers create transformations in their business and personal lives.


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