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“She’s all talk, no action.”

“He’s all bark and no bite.”

“They can talk the talk, but they don’t walk the walk.”

We have all heard these words about one person or another. If you don’t want yourself and your actions to be defined by these popular phrases, then it’s time to put your ideas into execution.

Don’t Just Think, Act on Your Thoughts

Mood boards may help you evoke a certain feeling, helping you keep your eye on your target result. A journal with outlined goals would do the same. Even Siri on your phone can give you reminders on what you wanted to achieve in a certain week.

However, none of this would matter if you don’t actually act on your plans. The project the mood board was created for would remain incomplete, the goals you outlined in your journal would go unmet, and Siri would keep shouting into the abyss. To make sure that you don’t become a part of this very bleak image, put your efforts into not just visualizing your end goals, but going after and completing them.

Put Your Head in the Game and Your Eye on the Prize

Once you have visualized a goal in your head, ask yourself, “How can I complete it?” For instance, if the goal is about a career change, think about the qualifications you may need to gather. Assess your finances for a smooth transition, and think of a backup plan in case the said transition doesn’t work.

If the objective is to explore the world or cross an item off of your bucket list, think of the arrangements it would require. Contemplate the logistics, and the immediate results of your actions.

Then, no matter what happens, make sure you stay focused on achieving your goal through said actions. If you have to work extra hours, then make sure to do so with a focused approach. If you need to study harder, then put all your efforts into pursuing the required information. It won’t be easy. It won’t be a walk in the park, but that is where you need to channel the end image of achieving your goal. Think about the results as the motivational factor behind the hard work. This can help you persevere through the more difficult times.

The Key is to Turn Your “Planning” into “Doing”

Anyone can do the planning required to be successful, but it’s the execution of that planning that sets you miles apart from others. Make sure that you adopt habits and daily routines that put your planning into action, and stick to them no matter how hard they may be. Get motivation from expert advice, success stories, or any friend and family you admire. In a nutshell, do anything that you think can help get you closer to your end goal.

In the end, when you are reaping the rewards of your hard work, pass the same information along to the next person you meet who may also be striving to achieve their goals. This way, you won’t just be able to change your own life through actual action, but also the lives of others to help improve theirs as well.