I think we are all getting smarter. I also think we are getting less done. We are becoming semi-experts on nearly everything that interests us with the point-and-click database of knowledge that is the internet.
So, when I discuss with others what is holding them back from success, I rarely find that it is due to lack of knowledge...it is more likely from the lack of action.
My favorite all-time book is The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt. I read, and re-read this book over and over, and each time I'm amazed how much more I learn...but more importantly how much it reminds me to take action.
Creating a written action plans is key to getting what you want done, especially when it comes to changing existing bad habits. Here's an example (taken from The Power of Focus):
A. Habit holding you back:
Example: Allowing distractions and interruptions throughout the day at work.
Consequences: Priority tasks never completed, less time for money-making activities, increased stress, longer work hours, reduced family time.
B. Successful New Habit:
Example: Hire a personal assistant to screen phone calls, minimize interruptions and help with paperwork.
Benefits: Able to complete projects, more time for money-making activities, reduced stress, more energy, better balance at home.
Three-Step Action Plan to Jump Start My New Habit
1. Write up an ideal job description
2. Advertise, interview and select best candidate
3. Train thoroughly
Start Date: Tuesday June 6th
I love this approach to getting things done, and more importantly to getting things "changed". My continual challenge is that I love to get involved in a lot of different ventures, and not always completing them. By making the switch to written action plans I have been able to look at my priorities, and keep my focus (hey that would be a great title for a book)!