Enough is enough! I am sick of waiting around to start making a change. Now is the moment that I decide to take action. I've had it with the excuses.
Have you ever had this monologue in your head? You’re going to start eating healthy - next week. You’re going to get to the gym - starting Monday. You’re going to stop binge watching Netflix and start to read that pile of books - after this season is over.
You keep telling yourself you’re going to do something and then days turn into weeks which turn into months. Next thing you know it’s been 5 years and you are still waiting to start. If you can relate, then congratulations! You are indeed human. Why is starting so difficult? Why do we have such a hard time taking action?
We make things more difficult than they actually are. We complicate everything as an excuse to let ourselves off the hook. Then we beat ourselves up for not taking action sooner and call ourselves failures before we ever tried. How do we stop this nonsense and start taking action now on the things we know will dramatically improve the quality of our life?
1. Change Your State
Get up and starting dancing! Motion creates emotion. Your physiology makes a huge difference. If you snuggle up in your bed or couch when you should be doing something more productive, how likely are you to feel motivated to take action? Not very likely because your relaxed state creates a relaxed emotion.
Last week at a Tony Robbins Seminar we did a lot of jumping, dancing, and screaming for joy. For 4 straight days. I’m not kidding. It’s all about changing your state when you want to fight your internal voice telling you to be lazy.
It was 11:30 PM on Saturday night and we were on day 3 of a 4 day total immersion seminar. We were 40 hours in. Everyone was tired and slouching in their chairs, some attempting to keep their eyes open.
I was ready to go curl up in a ball and go to sleep. So what did we do? Tony blasted Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, sprayed us with squirt guns, and the entire room of 8,000 people rocked out like it was 1999. The result? We were more wired and excited about life than we had been just a few short minutes prior. We were ready to tackle the world, simply by changing our state in an instant.
So get up. Put on your favorite upbeat song and dance like noone is watching. This will put you in the best state to get you going.
2. Make it a Must Instead of a Should
We all know we “should” do certain things. We should exercise. We should eat healthy. We should read more educational books. We should invest in our retirement. When something is a should instead of a must, we cop out of it.
Have you ever met someone who has something you want? Maybe they have a lot of money, a huge mansion, or rock hard abs. What’s the difference between you two? They made it a “must” instead of a “should.” Decide it is a must, and you will do whatever it takes to make it happen.
3. Take the First Step
The first step is always the hardest. We like to overcomplicate everything instead of just going out and getting it done. We worry so much about the minute details that it overwhelms us before we start. Sometimes all you need to do is get dressed and show up.
Want to start working out? Throw on your gym shoes and walk outside. Been meaning to write a book? Open the blank page and start typing. Nike was on to something when they said “Just Do It.” Seriously. Showing up is half the battle.
4. Tell Yourself You Freaking Rock
We like to focus on the negative without telling ourselves that we are capable. Your mindset has more power than you’d like to believe. Tell yourself you freaking rock instead of telling yourself you can’t. Successful people do what failures won’t. You rock. You really freaking do. Believe that and chant it.
5. Focus on Daily Wins
Make a small achievable goal that will help you build a habit. If it’s too daunting or seems unachievable, you won’t feel motivated to go after it. If it’s small and achievable, you can and will conquer it. Once you conquer it, you will build your confidence and get the positive momentum to conquer larger goals.
6. Reward Positive Action
Reward your positive action and this will keep you coming back for more. For example: If your goal is to drink more water, and you meet your daily hydration goal for one week, reward yourself with a new water bottle. Positive reinforcement will help you push forward.
7. Stop Beating Yourself Up
If you get off track don’t let it throw off your whole plan. If you miss a beat one day, don’t go down the path of negativity. Just accept what is and recognize you’re not perfect. You’re human. If you don’t meet your goal one day, get back on track the next day. Focus on your wins not your failures you will move the needle forward little by little each day.
It's all about gaining the positive momentum. Momentum gets you going faster and faster. Get up, get going, and tell yourself you freaking rock! Take action now.
What have you been putting off that you are going to start now? Let me know in the comments below.