Execute the ideas in your mind and rely on your heart to take bold, decisive action. Hold yourself liable for taking up activities you can commit to and living each moment to the fullest. Tell others about your plans so you are more likely to adhere to them.
Do not believe in rehearsing the past or in anticipating the future. Live Today.
Review your skills and accomplishments, but do not get stuck replaying scenes of adverse events from your past. Accept that you made the right decision, given the information you had at the time, but you are prepared to make better decisions today. Assure yourself that you can tackle challenges and manage all hardships through determination and a focus on clear, positive thinking. Do not fritter away your days endlessly refining your dreams for a set of perfect conditions. Instead, breathe life into them here, NOW. Life is imperfect, we are all imperfect, and each choice is imperfect.
“If you call yourself a leader, then you have to be decisive. If you’re decisive, then you have the chance to be a leader. These are two sides to the same coin.”
– Narendra Modi
There are nine practices you can adopt today to become more decisive and avoid procrastination:
- Meditate – Give your mind a break to stop fear from snowballing.
- Understand your fears – Write down what scares you and ponder how you can work past fear.
- View failure as a stepping-stone – See failure as a form of feedback, not a dead-end.
- Love learning – Accept that no one can know it all. Read, think, and talk about what you’re doing.
- Meet fears head-on – Do what you are most afraid to do in one courageous leap. The rest is gravy.
- Erase expectations – Goals are good, but enjoy the process rather than focusing on end rewards.
- Resist distractions – Instant gratification, like logging onto social media, is not truly worthwhile.
- Set small goals – Just get moving; start chipping away. You’ll gain momentum to keep going.
- Focus on your task – There is just one step: what you are working on right here, right now.
Do not wait for the conditions to change for making a start.
Imagine if ships only sailed and airplanes only flew if the skies were blue and the winds minimal. The reality is – you can still get ahead if the skies are gray and precipitation is falling. Break down projects for easy execution. Each victory will encourage you to aspire higher. Appreciate your efforts and all that you have learned thus so far. We all stumble, but the strong do not take failures or embarrassments to heart. They get up, brush off, and move on. So can you! Take responsibility for your own happiness and success.
- How do I overcome my fears to take action?
- How do I become a doer, rather than a thinker?
- What one practice can I implement today to make me more productive tomorrow?