Why Aren’t You Taking Action?

August 27, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

Having trouble taking action?In today’s post, David “The Diamond” Oswald tells us why soooo many people hesitate when it comes to taking action and what to about it . . .

I was thinking the other day about how so many gurus and teachers consistently talk about how the key to success relies on  “taking action immediately.” So if it’s so simple, literally as simple as taking action, why don’t we?

I happen to agree that the action step is the most important part of any new process whether you’re learning to become a real estate investor or anything else under the sun.

Recently, I took a little inventory in my own life to better understand why so many people struggle in this particular area. During my lifetime, I’ve been able to consistently take action, but I’ve found that there have been certain times where I’ve been slow to act.

Here are a few reasons why I believe this happens . . .

3 Reasons You Aren’t Taking Action (and what to do about it)

1.  “Frankie Fear”

You hear about FEAR all the time. You may even know in your heart that fear is the reason you refuse to get off your butt. Tony Robbins even calls F.E.A.R – False Evidence Appearing Real . . . so you’ve been there, heard that, done it already, right?

But fear rears its ugly head over and over again so you need to always be ready to strike it down….and that takes discipline and guts on your part. So start to recognize it for what it is and simply push forward when you sense it.

2. Uncertainty of What To Do

Sometimes we aren’t fearful of anything, we simply just don’t know what to do. I’ve found that in 90% of everything I do, the actually “doing” part wasn’t nearly as difficult as I had imagined. But, I procrastinated because I didn’t have the road map all laid out in front of me. In other words, I didn’t have the ‘connect the dots’ version of how it should all happen. That being said, I didn’t do anything.

The solution is to realize that our only job is to gather as much information as quickly as we can and then simply make a decision as to whether or not we want to pursue it. Then, TAKE ACTION on it!

3. Lack of Energy or Motivation

One thing that I am fortunate to be able to drum up consistently is the energy to get something done. I don’t know if that comes from being an athlete most of my life and having to “psyche myself up” before an event or maybe it’s just the fact that I always get good sleep! Not sure and don’t really care but I do know that when the time comes, I usually find a way to rise to the occasion and make it happen. So, if you’re wondering how you can do this, it may just be a function of practice makes perfect.

Next time you are not feeling motivated or feel lethargic, change your state. That’s right, find a way to change your state of being . . . do some pushups, put on some loud music, go jog a half mile, leave the house . . . whatever it takes to change your energy level in that moment, just do it. Make this a constant new habit, and you’ll see a change in your results.

So there you have it . . . the magic 3 step formula! No, just kidding.

Listen, I realize that there are times when doing anything is harder in the moment than just applying some formula. I know that real life takes place, and it’s difficult at times. But, this is the same for all of us. We all live in this fallen world, and we all have 24 hours a day to make it happen. How we choose to deal with that is what determines our results. So keep plugging!

Remember, doing things different is not always harder – it’s just different.


David Oswald (aka “The Diamond”) is a national real estate short sale and foreclosure expert who speaks throughout the United States on creative real estate investing and outsourcing strategies.

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  1. brad merkel says:

    good post man. i like the positive vibes.

  2. Patrick Riddle says:

    Glad you liked it Brad :)

    Here’s another good resource that you may like … it’s an article I wrote a little while back on taking action called, “Don’t Just Come and See … Go and Be!”

    Check it out at http://www.mustknowinvesting.com/2009/03/30/dont-just-come-and-see-go-and-be/

    ~ Patrick