We Can with Two Rules-Deciding vs. Action

Posted by Brenda Yoho
Lead with Two Rules: Feeling Good & Feeling Safe by Brenda Yoho
Be part of the problem or part of the solution, the choice is always yours to make.

As we navigate our professional journeys, it becomes crystal clear that success isn't just a destination; it's an ongoing process of self-realization. 

John Maxwell shares a story about a lesson he learned from his dad as a kid.

Melvin said to John, “Five frogs were sitting on a log and four decided to jump off. How many frogs are left on the log?” 

One!” John responded with great confidence.

Then Melvin surprised John with the point of the story: “All five frogs remain on the log, son. Deciding isn’t enough! You have to take action.”


I had the honor of speaking at Eastern Illinois University last night. I graduated from EIU and having the opportunity to give back to the Education Department was wonderful. I provided those in attendance with a card to receive a copy of my book delivered to them when it is published.

Sharing with this group the origins of Two Rules and leaving them with a message of what to remember heading into the classrooms with the students they will serve, was exciting for me. It will take the actions of all of your teachers, administrators and staff involved with students to make the changes we need to achieve.

Have you made decisions on the actions needed to achieve your goals? What steps have you taken to reach them? Do you need to pivot to make changes to the established goals? It is November and the clock is ticking, it is time for actions.

In order to be successful, you have to take action. Here are four keys to becoming a person of action:

  1. Overcome Your Fears: Fear can paralyze us, hindering progress in our careers and personal lives. Identifying the source of our fear is the first step in conquering it. The negative self-talk we have often hits the brakes even when the light is green for go. Remove the negative self-talk and replace it with “we can.”
  2. Quick Decision-Making: Preparedness is the key to making swift decisions under pressure. As John Wooden wisely said, "When opportunity comes, it's too late to prepare." Always work to plan for the “what if’s” and have plans in place.
  3. Have a Growth Plan: A growth plan doesn't just enrich your life; it shapes who you become. Set aside time each year to create a growth plan, guiding your decisions and actions. Establish your “three goals”, select “one word” and at mid-year complete a “Success Map” to review and reflect. Give time to the wins you have, see where you are and make a pivot if you need to in order to achieve what you need to by the end of the year.
  4. Become an Early Riser: Even if you're not racing the sun like Thomas Jefferson, waking up just 30 minutes earlier can provide a productive jumpstart to your day. I often find, being up before everyone else gives me those extra moments to read daily devotions, meditate, listen to something inspirational and to help me focus on the day ahead.

Decide to be a person of action. Believe that those who take action more also become more, achieve more and contribute more. Understand as a leader, everyone watches and hears to learn what is expected of them through your actions, not decisions alone.

Leading with Two Rules is not a decision, but a constant and consistent action daily. It is not just the way we do things around here, it is how we actively live. Choose to be part of the solution daily in a world which needs your actions today.

"I only have 2 rules!"
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