Have you made a decision, but haven’t acted upon it yet?
5 frogs are sitting on a log. 4 decide to jump off. How many are left?
Take a guess at the answer. Yup, you guessed it… Answer: 5. Why? Because deciding and doing are not the same thing.
It got me thinking about all the decisions I’ve made in my life. Actually, when I had read this Facebook post I took a screen shot of it on my iPad and decided to write a blog post around it…that was about six months ago. Talk about not acting on my decisions. Today, as I was going through the photo album on my iPad, I came across the screen shot and thought, “Okay, stop procrastinationg, Eydie, and write that blog post”.
Although we know and understand the lesson these frogs teach us, our frog-like behavior weighs us down and keeps us from acting upon our decisions.
Applying the Action
Let’s take a look at a very common scenario – a volunteer group meets to plan an event. Everyone commits to doing something to move the event forward. At the next meeting they find that only some acted upon their commitment. Everyone set their intentions but for some, their actions didn’t reflect their commitment. They made the decision to take on a task, but didn’t apply the action.
As a business owner, I’m sure you’ve made plenty of decisions for growth. Have you acted upon all of them? What makes you WANT to apply action to your decision?
Acting upon a decsion you’ve made takes motivation. Is the motivation a reward you will recieve? Is it the kudos you’ll gather after acting upon your decision, or will there be financial gain? For some, the motivation might be a lose of some kind. A boss might say, “Jim, have these papers proofread by noon or you won’t have a job anymore”. Whatever the motivation, you have to want it (or not want it) bad enough to apply the action.
Making the decision to do something is easy enough — doing is much harder.
Think – right now – what decision have you made within the past seven days that you HAVEN’T acted upon? Are you nuturing your frog-like tendencies, or will you jump into the pond? Share your thoughts with us.
Eydie Stumpf, Founder of Terra Media Marketing Group, Online Marketing Consultant/Coach/Trainer, WordPress Creation, OptimizePress, Blogger, Email Marketer (Constant Contact), Columnist for the Press Enterprise (Ask Eydie)