Editor’s Note: This post also appeared on Positively Positive
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”–Mary Oliver
I am going to train for my first triathlon (but you never made it a priority).
I am going to find a new job (but you were overwhelmed with fear of moving outside your comfort zone).
I am going to start my own business (but you never fine-tuned your business idea and followed through).
I want to have exceptional relationships (but you still let yourself be involved with people who drain your energy).
Are we creating a society in which people think it’s acceptable to say one thing and do another?
Why is this OK?
What happened to having a little consistency and following through with our thoughts?
Are you TALKING or are you DOING?
Some of us are dreamers and some of us are dream-makers. It’s a subtle difference. That difference is taking the steps to make it happen; in moving our thoughts into action with a purpose. Not a simple task but it needs to be done if you want to reach your greatest potential and share your best self with the world.
Many people will dream of starting a movement that inspires people to live their best life. Only a few people will actually do the work.
Doing what you say you are going to do is a very attractive quality.
It’s easy to just talk about starting your own blog, running your first 5k, or changing jobs, but it’s much more empowering and fulfilling when you DO what you say. It’s an immediate boost to your confidence and expands your view of what’s possible. You will feel amazing when you write your first blog (maybe it turns into a book), cross the finish line (maybe it turns into a marathon), or find a job that you truly enjoy (maybe you start your own business).
The simple truth is that—just as we choose to condition ourselves to say we are going to do something and then NOT do it—we can choose to condition ourselves to DO what we say.
TOP 1% BOTTOM LINE: You have to decide what level of Talking vs. Doing is acceptable in your life to share your best self and Live in YOUR Top 1%! I am Positively Positive that as you close the gap between TALKING and DOING, you will experience significant shifts in your life.
So, what’s it going to be—more talking or more doing? Let the world know what you’re going to do in the comments below.
Alissa Finerman is an Executive Coach and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, speaker and author of Living in YOUR Top 1%. She works with managers, C-suite executives and teams to leverage strengths, shift beliefs and achieve meaningful goals. Alissa has an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked with Ross Stores, Petco, BNP Paribas, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Brookfield Property Partners, Neutrogena, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Dress for Success. To learn more about coaching with Alissa, please visit her website and follow her on Facebook