I have often heard it said that if you want something done, you should ask someone who is already busy. So, what about all the other people doing?

Most of us have been guilty of operating out of one of these ineffective zones:*

Wishers can often be found sighing wistfully, “I wish I may, I wish I might…” The problem is that Wishers never get up and make good things happen.

Talkers are full of big ideas they’d love to tell you about…but it turns out it’s just hot air. All the talking in the world never gets things done.

Dreamers have big ideas, but they soon get distracted chasing the next big idea. Dreams are great… but if you don’t wake up and take action, they’ll never come true.

Dabblers are interesting people. They are all about action, because they are always doing something. The problem is that they are too quickly bored or frustrated, so they move on start dabbling in something else. As my dad used to say, “When a task is once begun, never leave it until it’s done. Though the labor be great or small, do it well or not at all.”

Doers are the people who actually get things done.

What may have started as a wish or a dream gets translated into a plan of action. What was once only talked about gets done. Rather than dabble in a lot of things, only the few most critical tasks are seen through to fruition.

Are you stuck in one of the first four zones? Is there something that you only wish for, talk about, dream of, or dabble in?

Make a commitment to do something today. Be a Doer!

*Note to reader: The idea for “Wishers, Talkers, Dreamers, Dabblers, and Doers” was inspired by a recent sermon by Shannon Saliba, and can also be traced back to this 2006 sermon by Jim May.