“When your action contradicts your words, your words don’t mean anything”. 

We all know that nothing happens without action yet we all know someone – and it could be ourselves – who has said all the things they are going to do, and never done. They will blame anything but themselves for their lack of action or success. 

A quote I hear many years ago from a very highly respected and successful business friend was, “To know and not to do is not to know”. Education should not just be for a thirst of knowledge but to use that education to inspire action. Actions prove who someone is, words just prove who they want to be.

We never know what the results are going to be from our actions, but we for sure know what they will be without any action. We need clearly defined goals to help us act and keep us on track towards our goals. We must take action based on where we want to be and not where we currently are. 

Positive actions combined with positive beliefs will produce positive results and our reputation is built on what action we take and not on what we say we are going to take. When your actions match your words, this builds trust and respect. You need to do what you say you will do – at all times.

Action helps you overcome your fears. It will help you move out of your comfort zone (See my last article). If you don’t know what you want to do, you do nothing. Just going to seminars and reading personal development books will achieve nothing – you have to put the action in. Education is vital but useless without action.

Taking action doesn’t take money and it doesn’t take experience. All it takes is a willingness and a desire to do something. Not taking action will almost certainly have a detrimental effect on your mental health. Taking action will stop you complaining. No one complains when they are taking action as they are being busy in the “Action zone”. Taking action will also help you develop new skills, 

Action is not always related to business. Our actions towards family and friends and to clients and suppliers speak volumes about us. A hug can sometimes speak so much louder than words. Your actions with someone who has an opinion on something that is different from your own opinion determines the person you are. How do you act? Make sure your actions speak so loud, that no one doubts the type of person you are. 

“Vision without action is merely a dream, Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world”

This article was first published on LinkedIn by Richard Knight on 12/04/2021