Have you ever had a brilliant idea that never got off the ground? I have. I've had a lot of good ideas and a lot bad ideas. Some were successful. Some were not. Why do some good ideas become reality and others never see the light of day?
Zig Zigler has the answer. He says the "secret" is in the beginning.
In one of James Allen's lesser known books, Byways of Blessedness, he devotes the entire first chapter to beginnings. He writes, "Most beginnings are small, and appear trivial and insignificant, but in reality they are the most important things in life."
Without a beginning you could have the greatest idea and the greatest plan in the world and you would still fail. Whereas a modest idea and an incomplete plan often produces success when accompanied by even an "insignificant" beginning.
"Beginning" is just another way to describe the most powerful six-letter word in the vocabulary of achievers: A-C-T-I-O-N.
Hugely successful people, the kind who go from mediocre to millions almost overnight, know that the major key to their success was taking MASSIVE ACTION.
When Jeff Bezos decided to start Amazon.com, he left his job on the East Coast and headed to Washington State. He had his wife drive him and their belongings across the country so he could stay on the phone constantly, convincing potential investors and vendors why Amazon would be a success.
Even the smallest actions, the ones James Allen called trivial and insignificant, can lead to great success. Sir Isaac Newton's principle that a "body at rest tends to remain at rest and a body in motion tends to remain in motion," definitely applies to the action principle. Once you've taken the first step (even a baby step), the next steps seem easier to take.
The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy won't work...if you won't.
I don't care how much power, brilliance, or energy you have, if you don't harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there, you're never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.
Bill Witcher is co-founder of Computer School for Seniors (http://www.cs4seniors.com/)