Libraries and book stores are full of various self-help books, there are almost no subjects that don’t already have shelves full of books about them.
One subject that is under-represented is implementation, the act of turning an idea or plan into reality. The best plan will not implement itself, no amount of positive thinking by itself will ever change anything other than how you feel.
Many things travel in pairs – horses and carts, value and leverage, conflict and creative story telling. Add to that list intent and action.
Positive thinking, day dreaming or real plans represent intent. A real plan can be anything from a few action steps written on a scrap of paper to a 100 page document prepared at great expense by experts.
What turns intent into reality is action. Not just any action, action that supports the intent, and actions performed in the correct sequence until the goal is achieved.
Let’s say you want to build a shed – having a plan is a necessary start, but that’s all it is. You then need to take action: dig the shaping trenches and pour the foundations, prepare for any plumbing by establishing the external infrastructure, put the form work in place and pour the concrete for the floor, add the frames for the walls and roof, add the external covering, add the wiring and plumbing, and so on until you have completed the construction.
So next time you feel like complaining that your pet project is getting nowhere, consider what action you have taken. Are you supporting your intent by taking appropriate – or congruent – action?
What different actions can you take to speed up the project, or redirect it? Does it make sense to do some actions before others? Write down a list of steps, in order, and then use this list to guide you in taking action that will take you closer to your goal.