One of our worst traits can be perfectionism. Stymied by our desire to make sure that everything is perfect before doing something, the we are in danger of never moving forward because we don’t ACT.
I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time online. 😉 In addition to time spent on my laptop and desktop, mobile apps, and Instagram, my facebook timeline, twitterfeeds and emails stream directly to my smartphone. I literally spend my entire day with thousands of your voices echoing in my stream of consciousness all day long.
Social media is my Jiminy Cricket.
You guys make sure that I don’t forget key information. Your updates keep me current as to news of the world around me and once in awhile, your tweet will arrive just as I need to hear it. Most of those occasions are times when I’m reminded by you that I need to get off the dime and get something done.
As an example, I streamed a vlog about “ageless wisdom” from @vineetsblog. My comment was, “What good is wisdom if it is not applied? Wisdom that is not acted upon is simply research.” Since that time, I’ve encountered variations on that theme from the folks in my social web.
Part of being independent is understanding when to move – when to act.
This willingness to take action distinguishes the entrepreneur from the rank and file.Â This acceptance of risk is part and parcel of the rewards that come with being an entrepreneur.
There is power in potential energy. There is an action of sorts in formulating an idea and the germination of a process. However, in order to achieve any goal, one must ultimately act. Thought must give way to kinetic, or outwardly expressed, energy.
“You must be willing to do the things today others won’t do, in order to have the things tomorrow others won’t have.” -Les Brown
To achieve success, certainly visualization is key. Knowing where you want to go is also essential. But if all I do is sit on my sofa and visualize New York City, regardless of how strong my intentions are, I will still be sitting in my living room 6 hours later if I do not hop on a train to O’Hare, get on a plane and fly there.
Independence means action. Action triggers opportunities, which produce autonomy. Freedom. What are you waiting for?
Molly Cantrell-Kraig is a woman with drive. Possessing an innate sense of purpose and a pragmatic, solution-based approach to empowering people, she fused these two traits in order to establish Women With Drive Foundation. Based upon its founder’s personal history, Women With Drive Foundation is a means through which Cantrell-Kraig may effect change on both a micro and macro level. By providing women with something as essential as personal transportation in order to transition them from poverty to prosperity, she, through Women With Drive Foundation, seeks to empower women to help them help themselves. Through this action, the individual applicant benefits, as does society as a whole. Follow Molly on twitter as @mckra1g or @WWDr1ve (Women With Drive Foundation) or “Like” them on facebook.