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Coming from a business background I’ve studied many strategies about what it takes to make a business successful and I’ve always been a firm believer that one of the simplest & most important secrets to success in any discipline is ACTION. Just the simple act of doing. Leadership is essentially nothing more than swift & responsible decision-making that in turn creates consistent action.

What I mean by this is that it’s often easy to procrastinate and over-think things. The research shows that often the most successful people are those that simply tried many different approaches until they found one that worked. As Mark Twain said:

 ‘80% of life is simply showing up’.

People often look at business leaders & successful people and wonder how and why they are so successful – a large part of this is that they simply chose to take action. Instead of talking and thinking about what they could achieve “wouldn’t it be great if…” they more often than not did something about it.

I think the second truth to this is to ensure you are taking action but without trying to over-control the outcome.

I like to call it:

Open minded Action

It’s all very well to take action but if you focus too much on a specific outcome or route to a goal then you’re likely to compromise your personal happiness. If you’re so focused on achieving a certain outcome then you will often miss out on other opportunities, that in the long run could have provided you with more success…they simply pass you by because you are so fixated on one specific outcome or way of doing things.

This approach does involve a certain amount of ‘letting go’. As human beings we naturally want to feel like we are in control at all times and ‘open minded action’ essentially means taking control initially by initiating action, but letting go of only one specific result and remaining open to alternative outcomes.

Interestingly, many innovation breakthroughs occurred when the innovator stopped thinking about the end result and randomly ‘stumbled upon’ a better solution (for example Einstein & relativity).

Simple Life Strategy: How taking action creates success

So – what can you do today to take some action towards a goal?

  1. choose something today and take action immediately!
  2. don’t get stalled by negative feelings of ‘fear’ or ‘what ifs’
  3. don’t worry if your idea is not 100% perfect – it never will be. Plus you can finesse it as you go.
  4. remember to be open to different outcomes & to relax and enjoy the productivity of ‘DOING SOMETHING’!
  5. learn from your choices. Even if you don’t get the result you want, you can learn from your experience

I guarantee you that by taking action and DOING SOMETHING (no matter how small) you will come out feeling positive, enthused and energized – so do it now!

I’d love to hear how you’ve taken action today – why not share your experience by commenting on this post.

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Totally agree Zoe. All the best people I’ve worked with make fast decisions. I wasn’t always sure they were right at the time, but it allowed us to move on and accomplish that day, rather than wait. I’d love to chat to you more about goals v open mindedness though. Marsha


Hi Marsha, Thanks for commenting. Goals v open mindedness is an interesting one! I think it’s not necessarily an ‘either or’ approach and that you can have both. For me it’s about setting goals (because they are required to create action) but being flexible enough to change those goals mid-course and being aware of other potential outcomes. I think the main thing is to avoid being so narrowly focused on a goal so that you miss what could have been a ‘better outcome’. Hope that makes sense! Have a SUPER saturday 😉 Zoë B


Great article! Very inspiring.I believe for myself and I think for a lot of people that it is not only the lack of taking action.I think it’s the magical combination of taking action, stay consistent and believe that it’s possible. As for my own experiences, it’s the fear that hold me back for many years and when I finally took action I quit when it got difficult because I had to begin with limiting beliefs system. Now I know, so now I can do better! Big Love 2 U all.


Thanks for the love Farah! Great point. A positive attitude is so crucial – this keeps us motivated so that taking action is easier. I also agree with your point about fear – it’s very difficult to ‘make things happen’ if we have an underlying fear or internal conflict. These must be resolved in order to move forward! It sounds like you’ve done some great work in this area – well done.
Big Love back to you! 🙂
Zoë B


Like Zoe said, you do sound like you have done great work in this area. I am at the point where I now understand the importance of action, but no just Action like you rightly said, but Consistent Action devoid of Fear.


Like Zoe said, you do sound like you have done great work in this area. I am at the point where I now understand the importance of action, but not just Action like you rightly said, but Consistent Action devoid of Fear.

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