Get Out Of Your Head And Into The Game

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13 responses to “Get Out Of Your Head And Into The Game”

  1. Thank you, Jonathan!

    I completely agree with you – most people thinking about action (planning, todolisting and etc.) more than acting.

    Here is my simple guide how to choose action from To-Do list: http://productivity-science.com/blogen/post/Simple-7-step-scientific-approach-to-select-tasks-from-To-Do-list.aspx

    Don’t take it too serious, though 😉

  2. Your point about taking consistent action daily for success is definitely a valid, though understated, one. It goes along with a proactive mentality that surely defines success. However, what would you say to people who try something for awhile and never see results? Is there a time when you should give up because it’s never going to work? If so, how do you know when to quit?

  3. Lianna Miller says:

    This is a great video, well said!

    Personal experience: I was paralyzed when writing my thesis for my Master’s. I wanted it to be perfect, and so would write a sentence, find it unworthy, and delete it. Write, delete, write, delete.

    Then someone told me, “Don’t get it right, get it written!”
    Genius.
    I subsequently wrote my thesis in three weeks. Turns out I already had it in my head. It just needed action.

  4. Edward Wallace says:

    Thank you. I am going to save this video and play it over and over. I know from past experience that you are 100% correct. I have been paralyzed in thought for several months. Time to get moving. This ship will set sail now. The compass is not working very well, but so what!

  5. Agree wholeheartedly: the step between idea and success is action.

    You can pretend that the planning you’re doing, the research, whatever, is really necessary. But until you act, everything up to that point is wasted time. It only has value once you act.

    Plan forever + no action = failure

    Plan a little + action + more planning + more action = success, of one kind or another

  6. Inspiring article, Jonathan.

    I have been in sales all my life (personally, I think we all are!) and this is such basic good advice.

    These are tough times for sales people – this type of teaching is so valuable.

    Have three sons in sales. They are all good at it.

    One is the regional midwest manager for a well known compay – in the rust belt! Don’t ask.

    I bought him a copy of your book. And I told him about the tribe call last night.

    The most important thing I got out of it was the necessity for “face time” with your clients. He loved it.

    Thanks for reminding us over and over what we already know! We need it.

    I sent them all my guys your video today.

  7. Steve Olson says:

    This is right on! Action is everything. I saw a successful CEO speak today about digging out this recession and he said, “You hear a lot about hope lately. I don’t disagree. But hope alone isn’t enough. Out hope is in our actions. We have to take action to grow business.” Timely and accurate.

  8. Joe Hughes says:

    Thanks for the motivation, Jonathan. I’m one of those guys who’s been planning, plotting, and thinking for some time now and I decided at the beginning of 2009 that 2009 is the year of “doing” for me. I have developed the habit of consistently writing down what the next 5 steps are that I need to do to reach my goal, and it has been a huge help. These 5 steps are obviously always different and this method of breaking down my goal into more measurable, manageable steps makes everything a little simpler and less overwhelming.

  9. Tony Cattoi says:

    Thank you so much for this. I agree wholeheartedly. I sometimes get caught up in this myself in many aspects of life because it is so easy to just get caught in the cycle of planning, planning, and planning some more. It is great to hear something like this just to keep me on the right track.

  10. Matt says:

    Thanks – this came at just the right time for me 🙂

  11. Jonathan Fields says:

    @ Rachel – depends what you mean by “try something for a while.” If that means you’ve committed wholeheartedly to 3-5 daily actions, then taken those actions for at least a few months and seen no movement in the direction you want to move in, then it’s likely something’s wrong with the process. If you see movement, but not in the direction you anticipated, then digest the feedback and adapt. If “try something for a while.” means a lesser level of commitment and action, though, than it’s time to move from trying to consistently doing.

    @ Lianna – Love it, just start doing it, then adapt and refine on the fly

    @ Edward – The more action-driven feedback you get, the better the compass begins to work

    @ Joel – Agree, it’s almost like planning without action is worse than no planning at all, because it leads to frustration, defeat and judgment on a whole different level

    @ Corinne – Hey thanks for sharing the CR love!

    @ Steve – agree, hope isn’t enough, you’ve gotta do something with it

    @ Joe – Go for it, make ’09 the year, starting with your 5-a-day

    @ Tony – Yeah, it’s so easy for us to get caught up in our own spin, me included, sometimes you just have to break the cycle and act.

  12. Glen Allsopp says:

    What happened to this post? Sounds like it was a winner judging by the comments…

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