“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”
-Benjamin Disraeli, former British Prime Minister
We worry a lot. I mean A. LOT. I hear it from my clients every day, all day long. We overthink everything. We make pros and cons lists. We get mad at ourselves for not going to the gym or doing what we know we need to do to make our businesses work or our relationships flourish.
All of this worrying paralyzes us and keeps us STAGNANT.
We’re sitting on our butts just waiting for MOTIVATION to hit us. Waiting to be inspired to take that first step to do the thing we’ve been putting off for a very long time. But the thing we SHOULD HAVE LEARNED in kindergarten is that MOTIVATION follows ACTION. Not the other way around, as many of us have come to believe.
You always know what step you need to take next. I find that we wait for motivation because we simply never learned that it doesn’t just pop up out of nowhere. We don’t know that we’ve got to go out there and get it. Period. The End.
It makes sense. Once you force yourself to take that first step, you feel really good about yourself. You feel accomplished…competent…proud… and really pumped up. You did it! So you begin to develop even more confidence that you can DO IT again, and you start to believe in yourself. You feel INSPIRED and MOTIVATED to keep climbing and to take the next step. And the next step. And then the next.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Taking that first action is just a thing on your to-do list to check off. Nothing more. Nothing less. There’s nothing to analyze. So, JUST DO IT.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Read “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg, best-selling author and Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times Reporter. He dives into this concept and uses it to help his readers change their habits. I highly recommend!
ACTION ITEM: What about you? Where in your life are you waiting for the motivation to get started? What step can you take TODAY to get it going?
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