Thursday, January 03, 2008

Knowing is Not Enough

This morning as I was going through my blog subscriptions, I came across this post from Edith Yeung. Edith in a thirtysome year woman, living in San Francisco, who decided to give up her full time six figure income to pursue her passions - real estate, public speaking, and entrepreneurship.

I really enjoyed the quote below from Anthony Robbins.

"You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action."

Two days ago I was struggling to put my thoughts related to this topic down on paper. I have read so much and gained so much knowledge over the years, but most of it is wasted since I never took action and then forgotten since it's hard for me to remember things that I'm not actively doing.

One thing I always appreciated about David Bach is that he asked you to do something in the next 48 hours related to your goal. If your goal was to buy a vacation home, you could start doing research on the area you want to buy in. The next step you took towards your goal didn't need to be big, but you just needed to do something.

So for my three goals, I am planning on showing monthly progress towards them on this blog on what I'm doing. I'm going to try to do something related to achieving these goals DAILY. I would post updates to my progress even more frequently, but I don't want to bore you guys! Here's my progress so far:

1. Earn at least $2,000 from online endeavors
In 2008, I have begun blogging and reading about how to improve my blog. I have also completed one online survey, earning me $5.

2. Get to $25,000 in my “early retirement” account.
I realized that this is going to be a bit harder than I thought. When I made this goal, I thought I had about $10K in this account. After actually looking at the account, the total is much closer to $9K. Darn stock market! I don't think I mentioned it before, but all of the money earned from online endeavors is going to this account, as well as a portion of my paycheck, any bonuses, etc.

3. Run the Nike’s Women’s Half Marathon.
My husband and I went running on New Years Day. I warmed up for 1/2 mile and ran 2 miles. We're planning on going running again today.

Hope your goals are going well in the first week of 2008!

3 comments:

sfordinarygirl said...

I love how you mentioned David Bach's suggestion to take action within the next 48 hours on goals. If I realized a lot of my simple goals weren't so difficult to tackle in the next 48 hours, I could be a lot more successful. Thanks for the tip!

ChampDog said...

I was once read a lot of books and finally realize that we should take ACTION. Reading by itself is not enough. I even have a thought that reading is not important at all because without action, the knowledge that we gain is completely useless. I also find out when we take actions, the knowledge that learned from out actions is tremendous.

living off dividends said...

I quit my job a few months too.

it feels great!
http://www.livingoffdividends.com/2007/10/30/goodbye-cruel-job/