This is the first guest post here at Wake Up Cloud, and it’s by Srinivas Rao. I first came in contact with Srini on my first month of blogging. Apparently I caught his attention with my guest posting and commenting campaign.
If you have an online success story of your own, and you write well, I’d be happy to post it. Get in contact with me if you’re interested.
Enjoy the post!
It’s likely that you come up with hundreds of new ideas every single week for something to do with your life, your blog, or your business.
It’s also even more likely that you don’t act on most of them.
Let’s forget about why, motivation and all that nonsense for a moment and take a look at the power of taking action on your ideas.
One Step in the Direction of a Dream
One of the things that stops almost everybody from taking action is that they often have no idea where to start.
But that doesn’t really matter, because where you start is not where you’re going to end up.
In the simplest context of physical reality if you take a step in a direction, you’ll no longer be standing in the place you were at before.
If you keep moving in a different direction then you will end up somewhere other than where you started. Sometimes you have to stop thinking and take the first step even when you can’t see more than one step ahead.
How Possibilities Open Up
Let’s say that you are taking a walk and you’re going in a straight line (which by the way is not necessary to see what I’m talking about).
When you get to a different point on the line, you’ll be looking at the same place from a different perspective. You’ll see things you couldn’t see before. It’s not that they weren’t there, but because of where you stood you couldn’t see them.
Consider this in the context of a goal or dream. After you take the first step, you’ll be looking at the same situation from a different perspective. All of a sudden possibilities that didn’t exist before will open up.
You’ll see things you wouldn’t have seen without taking the first step. If you keep moving, possibilities and opportunities will continue to open up.
A Real Life Example
I started my blog a little less than 24 months ago. It’s been an interesting journey to say the least. I was part of a training course called Blog Mastermind, that played an instrumental role in the growth of my personal brand.
One of the 26 lessons in the course was to go out and conduct interviews with other bloggers.
Before we move forward, I just want to show you what this looks in the context of what I discussed about.
- Idea: Interview up and coming bloggers and share their story with my blog
- Action: Reach out to one person or a community and ask people if I can interview them
So, I did exactly that. Every week for the next 15 weeks I interviewed a blogger and had them write a guest post for my blog.
What’s interesting is that the very first blogger I interviewed, a really awesome guy who runs a site called The World’ Strongest Librarian told me “don’t underestimate what this will do for you.”
A Possibility That Didn’t Exist Before
After 15 Interviews one of the guys I interviewed contacted me about taking the interview concept to a completely different level. He wanted to start a separate site where all we did was interview bloggers. Consider the notion that from where I was standing after the first interview, nobody, me included would have seen this possibility.
We would have been blind to it because of where we were standing.
Even if you walk in a complete circle, when you return you will have knowledge you didn’t have before, which changes everything.
- The result of my taking action on a very simple idea was a site called BlogcastFM.
- The site has given me the opportunity to interview published authors, multi-millionaires, and some of the most amazing bloggers I’ve ever come across in my life.
- Today 1000’s of people listen to the podcast on a weekly basis
Moving from idea to action has tremendous power. I’m not sure if you didn’t get the memo or what. Just setting a huge goal does not mean that you have to reach it tomorrow.
So rather than worry about how exactly you’re going to get there, take the first step, and watch how new possibilities start to open up in your life.
Srinivas Rao turns surf sessions into life lessons at his personal development blog, The Skool of Life. He’s also the director of social media for Flighster. You can follow him on twitter @skooloflife