Turning Ideas Into Action // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

In every mediocre and declining organization, there are many good ideas. Wonderful ideas! Inspiring ideas! Successful ideas!

The hard part is turning the ideas into actions.

Lot’s of talk — but no progress. And the downward spiral continues.

Why is this the case? Because moving forward requires hard work and sacrifice. It’s a lot easier to talk about a problem than to fix it.

People don’t want to pay the price tag — and so they settle for mediocrity — and converse about what might be some day.

Consider this: Talk doesn’t make things better — action does.

How do you turn an idea into reality?

I — Inspiration: God inspires ideas in human hearts. The inspiration carries a powerful energy which moves it forward. There’s a big difference between an inspiration and a whim. Inspirations grow over time — whims pass away as quickly as they come. It would pay us all to build our lives on inspirations rather than whims.

D — Determination: Make the commitment that you are going to see the vision through to completion — no matter what! A “Can Do” attitude is required for the success of any effort.

E — Evaluation: Even the best ideas need to be tweaked and changed for maximum effectiveness. Get good feedback, and make the necessary adjustments.

A — Application: This means “Just do it!” Get the dream out of your head and into your life. Start with the first step and keep walking forward!

One reason why people don’t turn ideas into realities is that they are too tired to do anything else but survive. Fatigue is the enemy of true success.

Sometimes, we are fatigued and don’t even realize it. One day everything was going wrong — I was tired and crabby with everybody. That’s not a good condition for a pastor! A friend observed this and said, “I believe the most spiritual thing you can do right now is to take a nap!” He was right! I was operating out of fatigue rather than healthy energy.

If fatigue is keeping you from turning your ideas into actions, remember this:
* Every obligation shirked is a source of guilt
* Guilt consumes energy
* It takes more energy to avoid something than to go ahead and face it.
* When tired, problems seem bigger than they are.
* Fatigue weakens us emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

The Key Question in addressing fatigue: Is it possible to do all the things I’m trying to do in the time I have? If not, how do I de-clutter my life?

The art of getting things done is the noble art of leaving things undone.

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