Thinking Vs. Doing

Thinking Vs. Doing

“When you have to shoot, shoot, don’t talk.” ~ Tuco, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Do what you should. Don’t talk about what you should be doing.

Results come to those who “act” while others are discovering the “right” ways to generate results.

You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.

You might have knowledge about what’s right but it doesn’t matter.

Knowledge is not power; Knowledge is potential power. Knowledge becomes power only when you act upon it.

Results come to those who act.

Happiness is a result. Joy is a result. Life lived without regret is also a result. Yes. Result. Of something you acted upon.

If you are like most, you would not have clearly written statement of what’s most important  to you. Even if you have written it, it might not be in “specifics.”

Do it now. Here’s how:

  1. Write down what’s most important to you. It will be your #1 priority. It will guide you about what’s right and what’s wrong when you act.
  2. Get specific. (I want to have lots of money this year in my bank account is not specific. I want to have $50,000 in my CitiBank Checking Account by 30th September 2014 is.)
  3. Write down specific negative results you might get if you don’t act upon what’s most important to you.
  4. Write down the next action you need to take to advance yourself towards what’s most important to you.

Did you realize that you just now defined your future?

While you have power to “define” your future, you do have power to turn it into the reality. Realize that.

Cultivate the courage to create / shape / build or decorate your life around your #1 priority.

But what if I fail?

You will.

I bet.

Would you be needing more time to “analyze” your “unique” situation so you don’t fail?

No.

You will fail even though you have throughly analyzed your unique situation. Don’t worry much. Ensure that your basic needs are taken care of but that’s about it. Ask the critical question: Will my life end if this project fails?

No? Go ahead and DO the Work!

This has happened to me and I’m sure this would have happened to you as well: The self-talk that says that let me wait till I’m ready; let me wait till {blah blah blah} …

This doesn’t work. It is very much likely that you’ll wait for rest of your life to begin that project. Begin when you’re 50% ready and surprise yourself with the results!

Your Story About Success

Your Story About Success

Your story about success is a story. About success.

Success isn’t real. It’s a way of “feeling” the joy, a feeling which we experience for a desired outcome. Success is worthy because everyone else agrees it is worthy.

But there’s something important going on here.

We don’t actually agree on a common definition of success because each person’s degree of success is based on the stories they have believed in.

A degree from Stanford is merely a certificate, some ink written on the paper, but it’s an indication. It’s an indication that the person has gone through a rigorous process of educating herself.

It is surrounded by the stories about what people have accomplished in their lives after studying at Stanford.

We tell ourselves a story about how people will judge us when we study at Stanford.

We tell ourselves a story about what people will think if we drop out.

We tell ourselves a story. Of success. We perceive success in a way we have learned to perceive success.

So yes, there’s a success. But before there’s success, there’s story.

It turns out once you change the story, the success changes too.

Smashing Others and Credit Score

Smashing Others and Credit Score

In fictions, often the lead character kicks down the ladder. He smashes others that come his way. From people to Bullet Trains to Airplanes to Cities to Space-stations to Hearts.

Typically, it is like “The lead character wins, everyone else loses!” A binary result. Zero or one.

The readers like it because of the emotions they produce in their mind. Crystal clarity about the goal, if anyone come your way, he’s dead. Clear path to success. Cool, ya?

The thinking, “I am so aggressively married with my goal that I choose being the extremist – with things or people, at any cost.” translates to smashing others.

And the key phrase here is “AT ANY COST!”

At the cost of careers; at the cost of emotions; at the cost of relationships …

This is how we smash everything that we have. We even kick the ladder down.

The reality, of course, is that life is not binary. If we think in zero and one and nothing else then we miss on many aspects of what is called “life”.

Granted, you have crystal clear goals. Now, smashing others is easy through the weapon of clarity but taking others with you in a way that they also feel it is their own goal is difficult.

Your life account gets credited when you include others positively and debited when you smash them. When you smash others, it does not just damage the people or the things you crush on, it damages your credit score as well.

Does a good credit score matter to you? You better know it.