"Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success." — Shiv Khera
Three frogs sat on a log. One frog decided it was time to jump off the log and swim in the water. How many frogs remain on the log? One would think that there are now two, but in truth there remain three—for the frog that wanted to swim only decided that’s what it wanted to do, yet never took the time to jump into action.
Whenever people tell me about their dreams and aspirations the one question I always have for them is this:
“What have you done about it? What action steps have you taken to start living that dream?”
A common response is that they’re just not ready. They need to make changes to themselves and their life before they can jump into action. The sad truth is that these people will never turn their dreams into a reality because if we think that we have to grow before we act we’ll be waiting our entire lives. It is only by jumping into action by getting into the game that we begin the process of growing to become who we must be. And I do insist that the proper word choice is “must” because if there’s no sense of urgency then we mind as well give up now. Tomorrow isn’t promised; today may be our last chance. Whatever our ambition is what we must do, and I suggest that this is to not to be a frog on a log but rather to be the frog that swims through the water of its destiny.
Have you been deferring action? What’s holding you back? Are you just not serious? Are you just not sure if you’re on the right path? Here’s a hint: when doing something new, no one ever knows if they’re truly on the right path until they’ve gone down the a ways. And sometimes we need to take the wrong road in order to find the right road. But this will only be possible by jumping into action. What do you have to do to make the commitment to jump into action today? Even a small step in the right direction will get you closer to where you need to be. To get you started, what is one thing that you can do today to get into the game?
Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.