It occurred to me that many of the people I speak to who are making plans for the new year to be the best yet. . . . . . are doing the same thing over and over and not making any change.
I am the first to suggest that you must continually learn and grow by researching, reading or going to self development courses. I do exactly that. I invest in my future. I have a budget each year to apply to my growth through mentoring, resources, self paced study, and workshops or anything else I can get my hands on the will support my growth! Then I take action!
However it is what you do with this new found knowledge that counts. Ask yourself this question – Am I taking action to use the knowledge I have gained in a practical way? And the next question you must ask yourself is – if not, why not?
What are your next steps? What is your plan? What are you intending to change? What is the outcome you are expecting?
Now is the time to take the next step.
Now is the time to take action – all it takes is one step, and it can be a small step – as long as it is a step to move forward toward your goal or perceived outcome. Put yourself out there and have a go! You will learn even more about speaking and presenting by booking to speak to a small group, (or large group) or running your own workshop. Everyone has to start somewhere, everyone who has given a presentation has had a first time. So you are not alone, many have gone before you.
You may have heard the phrase – say yes and work out how. Step up and say yes to an opportunity to speak and you will make it happen. You will be amazed how it will all come together. By saying yes out load you are giving a commitment to making it happen. Make a start by using some of the information that you have gathered along the way and step up. Make an appointment. Make an opportunity. Speak up and let others know that you are ready to start speaking. You will be amazed at how much you already know through study, workshops or what ever it is you have done. Continue to invest in your future and plan your growth and at the same time use what you learn by applying it in a practical sense. Above all make the decision today to act more and think less!
When are you going to take the next step?