“Never confuse movement with action.”
― Ernest Hemingway
My goodness this quote has been after me lately.
You see, as I look back at 2015, I notice a lot of movement.
But not nearly enough action.
Here is the funny thing about action though—it’s a personal thing.
People might look at my schedule as a speaker, traveler, etc. and say, “He is a man of action.”
Yeah, I get that, but I know better.
Giving a keynote to a 1000 people is great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not necessarily a sign of growth, progress, and real action.
In other words, it’s just a movement.
Progress and action is when we (you and I) are creating, discovering, and growing.
It’s when we’re pushing ourselves to learn something new and then actually doing something about what we just learned.
It’s not answering emails all day.
It’s not “talking about our next content marketing initiative.” (Versus actually creating content)
It’s not having a meeting simply because…well…that’s what companies do.
So as we rev our engines and start this race that is 2016, what do you say we make it about action, and not movement, shall we?
Maybe then Hemingway’s words will cease echoing in my head. 😉