The Discipline of Taking Action

As I get older, it becomes increasingly easier to see the distinction between successful people in any field, and those that fell victim to the complacency of mediocrity. It comes down to taking action – it’s that simple. We all know this and we’ve all heard this many times throughout our lives. But how this plays out in our own lives is oftentimes very subtle. We all have goals and dreams we want to achieve or say we want to achieve. But the average person says they want to have/achieve certain things, and a few years pass by, and they one day realize none of these things ever came into fruition. But the successful person always takes immediate action when they say they’re going to achieve anything.

I believe for the most part it comes down to discipline. Most of the goals we set aren’t easy to achieve. As such, it’s usually very, very difficult to achieve them and requires massive action to even begin working toward reaching them. That’s why it’s easier to say shit, than to do shit. I don’t know how many people I’ve encountered that have told me things such as, “Yeah, I have this startup idea that I think could be the next Facebook” or “I’m planning to do ___” or “As soon as I have enough (insert any resource), I’m going to start this and become successful.”  That’s all great, and I honestly hope they achieve these goals. But 99% of the time, when I see these individuals a few months or years later and ask them how things are going, they have one excuse or another as to why they haven’t achieved it. And I expect this 100% of the time, unless they can back their words up with action and results.


My favorite motivational speaker, Les Brown, has a quote that I love:

“The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry our their dream.”

On the flip side, everything you see around you from laptops to airplanes exists because someone had the courage and discipline to take action. Everything you want in life is on the opposite side of fear. Fear of taking action, fear of rejection, fear of failure, whatever. And this is the reason most people don’t achieve what they want in life – it’s because they rationalize that they’d rather stay where they are than encounter this fear. Most people are either lazy, are cowards, or both. Don’t be someone full of empty words. Speak your goals and desires into existence, but work hard and hustle in silence. Who would you respect more, the guy who says he’ll have the Lamborghini in the future, or the guy who actually drives one?