How to Take ActionMar 19, 2021
Crazy times, I know.
Folks are sitting around paralyzed with indecision.
That's why today's lesson is extra important.
noun: the process of putting a decision or plan into effect; execution.
I'd say successful people are very good at implementation.
How about you?
When you look at a challenge, or even a simple to-do list, do you have an innate skill for just getting it done, implementing it?
In other words, are you a good implementer?
Because here’s the simple fact.
In any area of life, it’s never the idea that matters, it’s the execution of the idea.
It doesn’t matter if you’re talking exercise, tackling a project, taking on a new role within your company, or doing something with your family.
How to Take Action
Thomas Edison once said, “Ideas without execution are hallucinations.”
So, here are six strategies to execute better.
1. Have a clear vision
I talk about this a lot, and I will continue to do so as long as anyone will listen.
Your vision is a time frame in the future, a picture of what things look like.
You can do an entire “life vision” or you could do a vision for a work project.
The important part here is you have a clear, documented, picture of what you want things to look like.
You need a destination before you ask for directions.
2. Shoot for the moon
I aim to shoot for the moon in anything, because as they say, even if you miss you’ll fall back on the stars.
Aim to set Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG) and then achieve them early.
3. Rip it apart
Whether you’re talking about a small project, trying something new (like hiring a coach), or anything you’re stuck on... aim to rip it apart.
Map out all the steps involved, and ask yourself, ”What’s the absolute worst thing that can happen?”
Typically, negative self-talk and fears stop you from executing your ides, and this exercise can help a ton.
Once you map it out, and get realistic about what’s the worst thing that can happen, you see it’s not that bad.
4. Move with urgency
Why wait until Monday to launch something if it can make an impact today?
Why wait to start a proven training-and-nutrition plan until next month... when you can start making progress today?
Not to be morbid but tomorrow is not guaranteed.
You might not be able to make a difference or get better tomorrow because you may not be around for that long.
5. Set mini milestones
No matter how monumental the task, no matter how big the project, you must set daily milestones.
What does progress look like on a particular day?
Reverse engineer it, break it down into manageable chunks, and win the day.
Side note: That's why I use a concept called "Measurement Monday."
It allows both you and me to do a formal weekly progress check-in to see how you are doing.
And then, based on the data, we can make daily adjustments to keep you on track so you hit your #1 goal on deadline.
Everything you see is in draft version. You can always go back and make it better.
Today you are going to try your best, and be your best.
Tomorrow, hopefully, you’ll have a chance to try again.
That goes the same for projects, workouts, or almost anything else in life.
I’m just “publishing” the best draft I can, and then I’ll go back and redraft, and redraft.
Hopefully one of those six tips resonated with you, and you can improve what I call your Speed of Implementation (SOI).
If, of course, that’s an area you want to improve.
That’s up to you.
I want to share a thought with you in the hopes that it will help you unlock your mindset and give you the opportunity to go after the things you really want.
So here it is…
Whatever it is you’re going to accomplish, it’s most likely not going to be easy. And that’s okay.
Like Tom Hanks said in the film A League of Their Own:
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”
The challenge in and of itself is part of what makes success feel so good.
I have the privilege of speaking heart-to-heart with my client-athletes almost every day.
We talk about their struggles, their goals, their personal desires.
Speaking as honestly and openly as we can to help them set a map to success, whatever their definition of that may be.
The fascinating part about all of this is that I often find myself giving them permission for things to be hard.
That’s the secret.
Once we can sincerely wrap our heads around that one fact, we have the freedom to focus on why it's worth it.
Whatever you're struggling with, your fitness, your career, school, family, self...
It's okay for it to be hard because, hands down, it's going to be worth it.
Acknowledge the challenge and revel in the power and capability you have to overcome it.
You are unstoppable; but only if you believe in yourself and ignore the naysayers and negative influences.
One final thought.
Now, if you work with me as a coaching client, you know I require a few things:
Honest effort, consistency, taking imperfect action.
As I mentioned earlier, I insist that everyone updates me with their progress, every single week, on Mondays.
We lovingly call these progress check-ins, "Measurement Mondays."
It's as simple as stepping on a fancy scale that measures bodyfat and weight.
You can get so much insight about the health of someone simply by knowing their bodyfat.
Weight on the scale reveals only part of your story; however, bodyfat percentage tells you about your daily habits.
Remember that you are the sum of your habits.
As a coach, bodyfat percentage is the gold-standard measurement and the only piece of data I really care about.
Leading researchers agree with me when I say you will have a lower chance of getting cancer, diabetes, heart problems (and a laundry list of other diseases) if you simply maintain "athletic" levels of bodyfat.
Do you know exactly where you are in your journey to achieve athletic levels of bodyfat?
Well, if you don't, here's a chart based on over 25+ years of my personal experience as a strength and conditioning coach.
😄Athletic bodyfat: 16-20%
😢Obesity: 32% plus
😄Athletic bodyfat: 10-14%
😢Obesity: 26% plus
Side note: I'm still baffled by the fact that nearly all doctors measure height and weight at a regular checkup... but not bodyfat.
Perhaps you’re just starting out or have followed a structured training-and-nutrition plan for a while.
The only thing I’m pretty sure of is that if you’re reading this – you want to achieve your ideal body.
You want to be lean, strong, and healthy, so you can truly enjoy your life. Hopefully you want to leave a legacy too.
Make a difference and leave our world better than you found it. Well, if that’s true – I can tell you one thing without question:
You will need to leave your comfort zone to do it. Probably more than once or twice.
You’ll be uncomfortable.
You’ll also be uncertain.
And that’s okay – greatness doesn’t come with a guarantee.
Every bit of success that I’ve enjoyed has come by stepping out of my comfort zone.
All the people I know and those I’ve studied who have achieved truly great things – they stepped out of their comfort zone to get there as well.
So, if you want to finally rebuild your body, the journey begins with stepping out of your comfort zone and taking action.
To your success,
Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online personal trainer, or you want to visit the best personal trainer in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.