The Twin Actions of Accomplishment

Quote of the Week

“The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more.”
Ed Parker

The Twin Actions of Accomplishment

by Chris Widener

When it comes to achieving accomplishments there are two foundational actions that must take place. When these two actions take place, and take place in the right order, you will become unstoppable. You will also enter into an elite group of people who actually do both.

You see, most people are given to only one or the other, and in doing so negate their opportunity to accomplish what it is that they want to accomplish. What are these two actions?

Intake and output.

Think about it. Do you want to have a healthy body? You must take in proper food and output vigorous exercise. Do you want to be financially fit? You must intake income and output investments.

The same is true in our personal and professional lives. But what specifically do we intake and output?

We intake information and we output effort through the exercise of our will.

The twin actions of accomplishment then are the intake of information and the exercising of our will.

As I said, most people do one or the other. They are simply information addicts or they are action addicts. You have some who go to every seminar in the world and then never exercise their will to put it into practice. Others are simply a flurry of action but going in no specific direction.

When you only intake information you become fat! Not physically fat but personally fat. You become lethargic. You become frustrated because all of this information was supposed to change your life!

When you only exercise your will and become a tornado of activity you become spent. You become tired because you aren’t achieving anything but a busy schedule!

But when you put these two together – WOW! Look out because you will turn the world upside down! So let’s look at these two a little closer.

How can you intake information?

  1. Choose as close friends people who will challenge and stimulate you intellectually and personally.
  2. Go back to school.
  3. Buy success products and listen to them.
  4. Read books.
  5. Go to a seminar.
  6. Get involved in an ongoing discussion group with people who want to grow.

How can you exercise the will? This is a bit simpler but not so easy.

  1. You simply must act on the information.
  2. Eat better foods – put down the ice cream.
  3. Save more money – stop spending on superfluous items.
  4. Lose weight – start walking every day.
  5. Manage your time – shut off the TV.

All of these things we know what to do, but we must simply do it.

Are you a person who has all the info? Then act.

Are you a person who acts but doesn’t get anywhere? Then learn.

Intake information, exercise the will. The twin actions of accomplishment.

Chris Widener is the President of Made for Success – www.ChrisWidener.com Chris can be reached at Chris@MadeForSuccess.com.

Coaching Call to Action

If you think of a measuring stick with information seeking at one end and action at the other, where do you fall on this ruler? You probably aren’t at the extreme end but you may be left or right of center. This week try stepping over the center line and into the more unfamiliar territory for you. See what shows up. I believe as we change the way we approach life, change occurs around us. We send new energy and ideas to the outer world and different responses come back to us. Let me know what happens to you this week.