One Word For 2014 : Action


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A word that gets bandied about as being important but is, in actual fact, more rhetoric than reality in far too many cases.

Why do I say this?

Because I hear things like
“I’ll start on Monday” or
“I’ll make that my new year resolution” or
“I’ll get to that once I finish this” or
…well, you get the picture.

Lots of words, not much action.

Erma Bombeck once said:

“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, ‘Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.’ Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there.”

Are you putting your dreams in a box, waiting for the perfect moment to make those dreams a reality?

Reality check…there is no perfect moment. Now or never was the time.

Make ACTION a decision and a commitment.

First, you must DECIDE that you are going to do something, and that something should result in results (otherwise, why are you doing it?)

Without a decision, there’s very little chance of commitment to making it happen.

Oh, you can think about it, dream about it, talk about it and ruminate about it. But once you decide – completely and fully – you commit to taking that first step. And the best tool to help you take that first step is to SCHEDULE that action into your calendar or daytimer, at a specific day and time, and unless the world falls down all around you, you DO it.

I had a ballet teacher once who said: “I don’t care if the roof caves in and your tutu falls down and the audience runs for cover…keep dancing!”

Now that’s commitment. And that’s action.

We talk a lot in #bealeader about leadership, human resources, marketing and social media.

As a leader, what action can you take today that will demonstrate to others that you walk your talk? For me, I strive to always be of service, and I see people as candles to be lit, not vessels to be filled. I commit to helping others whenever I can, without expectation of return…a pay-it-forward attitude, matched by action.

What action will you take today?

In terms of human resources, what will you do to recognize, in a meaningful way, the importance of the work that is done by your employee(s)? What will you DO…not just what will you say…that demonstrates by your actions that you care, you respect, you admire and you thank them?

What action will you take today?

In terms of marketing, what will you do differently and better so that your messages more effectively reach your target market?

What action will you take today?

And finally, what will you do – or stop doing – in “social media”, so that your activities result in outcomes, not just outputs. It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of the online world and spend your day(s) being busy, but not necessarily productive.

What action will you take today to ensure that everything you DO results in productivity, not just busy-ness.

My challenge to you?

Take action.

Kaarina Dillabough

Kaarina Dillabough

Business Life Coach at Decide2Do
Kaarina is a business/life coach living in Ontario. For over 25 years her high-voltage energy, expertise and experience has inspired those she has worked with to reach beyond their grasp, to attain great things in business and in life. A former Olympic sports colour commentator and coach, Kaarina parlayed her coaching skills from the gym floor to the boardroom, working with business owners to improve their profitability and prosperity. In doing so, she has seen people grow both personally and professionally. Kaarina is known as an inspiring motivational speaker in areas such as branding, marketing, business growth strategies, and personal growth and prosperity. She is a passionate, seasoned coach and accountability partner with a proven track record, who loves nothing more than helping people achieve their goals in business and in life.
Kaarina Dillabough
Kaarina Dillabough



1 Comment

  • January 17, 2014


    Got it. Working on it. And yes, TODAY.
    LOL, Kaarina, you always shove me right into the thick of it. What? The action!