Today's Action Plan

Make a list of everything you have done in the last month to achieve your goals. Next to each item, make a mark. Write "A" if it is an action. Write "T" if it is a thought.

If you don't end up with at least 80% of your time spent on positive actions, promise yourself that you will make a change. Don't think about making a change. Do it.

A reminder. My basic recommendation for being successful goes something like this:

  • Take responsibility for the current condition of your life. If you don't have what you want, it's nobody's fault but yours.
  • Figure out what you want and set specific goals.
  • Write them down.
  • Write a long- and a short-term plan to develop the skills you need and achieve those goals.
  • Work at least 50 hours a week following your plans.
  • Spend the first few hours of every day completing the Important-but-Not-Urgent tasks on your to-do list.
  • Develop a network to help you. Do this via phone calls, e-mails, and personal notes. Use that network whenever you can.
  • If and when you feel like giving up, persist.
  • (Please notice that most of these tasks involve actions, not thoughts.)
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Published: September 8, 2003

1 Response to “Today's Action Plan”

  1. Michael,

    Thank you for sharing this article. It resonated with me.

    I once wrote an article. It was rejected by every publisher in the business. I had lost hope. I put it aside, thinking of disposing it in the trash can.

    Then, one fine day, a friend pointed out to me that there was a short story contest sponsored by a magazine.

    My article won the second prize. I was invited to the ceremony and the audience applauded. Just goes to show, like you said, persistence pays: never give up.

    Cheerio.

    Archan MehtaMay 18, 2011 at 8:35 am


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