Driving in circles :Are you Busy being Busy, or are you truly Action Oriented?

Look closely and you will see an ugly little truth that no one really wants you to see.

Those who are always busy, they expect you to be busy, are competing with who is the busiest, and are judging you if you aren’t running as fast and hard as they are.  They don’t want you to notice that they are moving quickly, but going no where.

Sure,  we’ve all seen that some of them look very successful. They are in positions of power. They are getting the promotions and get put on the big projects.

This is the shell game. It propagates the myth that if you drive hard and fast, you will get results.

Look closer. We are getting conned.

They don’t want you to see that they are not accomplishing much. They are also, probably, working for another fellow, busy person.

If you really watch you will see these people don’t actually hit goals. They make quick action plans. Usually recycled plans over and over. But every time a goal isn’t where they are expected to be, they order up another rehashed action plan and jump in quick. They are in everyone’s faces about forward motion.

They are always in motion. Constantly moving. They don’t ever slow down.

The talk about accomplishments, sure, but those are ones that happened that were never planned on. Either it wasn’t on the action plan or they have so many plans that they can always point to one of them as having been correct.

At the end of the day, whatever does happen, it wasn’t intentional and inevitable. Looking in the rear view mirror they looked for what went right and publicize on that. It’s like playing pool and never having to call your shot.

There are always so many new plans, new goals, and no one every really notices that there is lots of motion but there aren’t really true results. Nothing high up on the goals list ever gets scratched off the list, it is always lots of the low and medium level daily and weekly goals and tasks that always gets done. 

Busy doesn’t count. Everyone is busy. Everyone is busy being busy, looking busy, stressing out about no time because they are busy.

Stop with all the busy.

Busy people have lost their sense of direction and purpose. Busy people aren’t accomplishing anything just trying to convince you and themselves that they have.

I’ve been there, I became one of the busy people. Competing with others for hours worked, how early I got up, how late I worked, constantly in motion and working. It is a merry-go-round to no where.

Working hard is important and action is critical to getting things done. We can’t sit around and dream all day, or analyze every aspect of a situation while never getting around to the doing. Doing things for the sake of doing without a direction and plan is just as dangerous and accomplishes just as much.

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.

Oprah Winfrey

Now, when you marry action, (Idea- Plan-Action) with purpose you get results.

Actions must be married to thoughts and plans. It must be persistent and consistent. It is what you do over and over again that fits into your long term goals. This makes the result inevitable.

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

Robert Collier

This is why if you want to make a big difference, make steps every day. You can improve your skills at being an action oriented person who has goals and meets those goals in living their purpose.

That is where the magic happens. 

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Lao Tzu

Take those steps and take them in a direction that leads you on the journey you set out on. Take the first step and then the next one after that. Stick to it. That is the key.

Almost every idea worth doing, no matter the barriers that get in the way, will work out if you are persistent and consistent.

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