Great performers plan and prepare first, the acting comes second.
A process for action orientation
The usual process that many people or organisations adopt involves planning first and acting thereafter. However, some argue that this order should be reversed:
- Monitor the impact.
- Plan on this basis what you want to reinforce or avoid.
- Act again.
- Continue this cycle.
In this scenario, change agents first have to act, or move in any way and observe what happens. You need to analyse this, come to some sort of conclusion about what to try next and then, observe again whether you should keep acting in the desired way or not.
If you do, you can try moving further in the same direction. If it does not, you need to try something else. Over time you will, little by little, and with constant replication of their actions, learn how to shift the entire organisation in the desired direction.
I prefer ready, aim, fire as a better option. Or at worst I like to have a clear understanding of my purpose, vision and objectives before I start. At least they give me some boundaries and focus to help guide my actions.
“The more extensive a man’s knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do”. Benjamin Disraeli
It is almost impossible for anybody to predict, anticipate and thus plan the movement of their organisation in turbulent times. However knowing the direction you want to go in is paramount, particularly if you are at all risk adverse. But having said that some people like their future to unravel and enjoy the surprises and the uncovering of new paradigms.
Be careful not to lose track of where you’re going when you’ve been working on something for a long time, or you have suffered a major illness or another setback. It always pays to monitor and review your progress.
Whatever you do don’t stop taking action
What do you do when you feel like taking action, but don’t know what you should do, how you should do it, or where you should start?
If you’re like most people, you might just give up in frustration, while blaming someone or something. This is a normal response when you’re tired, hit a roadblock, frustrated, procrastinating, overloaded, or overwhelmed> Not taking any action isn’t going to be helpful if you want to create better outcomes or a better lifestyle.
You know that taking action is an important step in achieving the outcomes you want. You can become confused as to where to begin. Don’t worry. This happens to everyone at one time or another and is easy to overcome. Take ‘small baby’ steps every day. Do this until important actions that will have the greatest positive impact become apparent. Be patient, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
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The one thing you will learn from taking action is that you will go away having the capability to do something that you weren’t able to before.
I know from experience that most people’s lives would be better if they took the action they’ve been avoiding.