INSIGHTS ON INITIATIVE
“To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.” – Katherine Paterson
“To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.” – Benjamin Franklin
No one can wait until everything is perfect to act and expect to be successful. It’s better to be 80 percent sure and make things happen than it is to wait until you are 100 percent sure because by then, the opportunity will have already passed you by.
“Nothing is so fatiguing as the hanging on of an uncompleted task.” – William James
Talent without initiative never reaches its potential. It’s like a caterpillar that won’t get into its cocoon. It will never transform, forever relegated to crawling on the ground, even though it had the potential to fly.
PEOPLE WHO LACK INITIATIVE
People Who Lack Initiative Fail to See the Consequences of Inaction
“It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.” – Sir Josiah Stamp
People Who Lack Initiative Want Someone Else to Motivate Them
If you want to get ahead, you need to light your own fire
People Who Lack Initiative Look for the Perfect Time to Act
“He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg.” – Chinese proverb
People Who Lack Initiative Like Tomorrow Better Than Today
Anything worth doing is worth doing immediately. Remember that for people who never start, their difficulties never stop.
A TALENT-PLUS PERSON PUTTING THE TALENT-PLUS FORMULA INTO ACTION
“To put your ideas into action is the most difficult thing in the world.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Accept Responsibility for Your Life
“To move the world we must first move ourselves.” – Socrates
Responsibility and initiative are inseparable.
There’s a saying that great souls have wills but feeble ones have only wishes. We cannot wish our way to success. We need to take responsibility and act.
Examine Your Reasons for Not Initiating
If your deeds are unsuccessful, seek the reason in yourself. When your own person is correct, the whole world will turn to you.” – Mencius
Know this: it’s easier to move from failure to success than from excuses to success. Eliminate excuses. Once you’ve done that, you can turn your attention to the reasons—and how to overcome them.
Focus on the Benefits of Completing a Task
Procrastination is the fertilizer that makes difficulties grow.
All problems become smaller if you don’t dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble.” – William Halsey
Share Your Goal with a Friend Who Will Help You
“One is too small a number to achieve greatness.”
- Break Large Tasks Down into Smaller Ones
- Allocate Specific Times to Tasks You Might Procrastinate
“The greatest time wasted is the time getting started.” – Dawson Trotman
Remember, Preparation Includes Doing
“The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” – Louis L’Amour
Desire isn’t enough. Good intentions aren’t enough. Talent isn’t enough. Success requires initiative.
Disclaimer: I’ve taken these lines from John Maxwell’s book, Talent Is Never Enough. I posted them in my blog to share it with others and may they learn from these. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you do so. 🙂 It’s one of the books really worth reading.