“Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove” – Unknown
I was really impressed with the reading Message to Garcia. When we are given tasks to handle we get too caught up in the details and the how of doing it when in reality we need to just get moving and act. The author talks about how we need to develop a “bias towards action.” He listed 10 ways we can develop this bias and I wanted to list them and give my own thoughts on each. Here they are:
1. Accept the mission and get started.
Act don’t wait to be acted upon. Make sure you understand the goal, but don’t keep asking questions and get caught up in the details.
2. Be curious
You can always learn something new or find out a better way to accomplish something from someone who has been there before.
3. Immediately sketch out a plan.
You need to have a path to your destination.
4. If you need resources, don’t be afraid to ask
Explain the what and the why of needing resources.
5. Enlist help when needed
It is your responsibility so accept it, but don’t be too proud to ask for a helping hand.
6. Report back and show your work
Be accountable to yourself and who you are doing the task for. Accountability brings results.
7. Under promise and over deliver.
Set reasonable goals and go above and beyond for your employer or customer.
8. Expect to make (small) mistakes.
This is all part of learning. Action is all about learning.
9. Put results before schmoozing
You can talk about accomplishing something until you are blue in the face, but unless you produce actual results, your talk becomes cheap.
10. Replace the voices in your head with positive action
Positive self talk can go a long way.