“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and action” – Harold Green
We’ve all heard “talk is cheap,” but when it comes to leadership, with out action, it is pointless. If you find yourself talking a lot and doing little you are devaluing the words that come out of your mouth. Don’t misunderstand what I am saying, words are important, communication is crucial to success. However, when your words are not accompanied by the appropriate actions you will lose your influence.
These actions don’t have to be monumental. In reality monumental actions are a bunch of little actions formed together to create that big break that we all are waiting for. Overnight success comes after years of hard work and investment.
Stop talking about forming a band, form one. If there is nobody to join you, practice singing and playing. Stop talking about studying for the SAT or GRE, study for it. If you’ve talked about learning a language, tell someone and then go learn it. Take someone along to join you and help keep you accountable. What ever your goal, actions, not talk, will get you closer to achieving it.
You might be wondering why I’m focusing so much on you and not so much on you leading others. This is because you must first be able to lead yourself before you can lead others. When a leader has a difficult time determining the right action to take it is because they struggle to determine the right actions to take for themselves. When a leader is confident in taking the right action, it is because they’ve had practice leading themselves.
What is your current goal?
What is one thing that you can do to accomplish that goal?
Why aren’t you doing that one thing?
What is the next thing you can do to achieve your desire?
As motivation, in the comments, write a goal you want to achieve and the first step you can take to accomplish it!