We all know that dreaming, planning, and discussing only gets us so far. A successful personal and professional life-plan does begin with a thought. The thought is possibly to, at long last, start paying attention to your financial numbers more carefully, hire and collaborate with more people, or strategize for a more targeted marketing and communications campaign. It begins here, but it can stop here too. In fact, these four things could be a detriment if they keep you from the one catalyst to massive action.
What is that one thing and how do other things serve as barriers?....
Talking is the barrier and action is the catalyst. I can spend months and years planning out the details of the project I want to launch. But I have learned how to keep the voices in my head and the sensations in my body from ruling my behavior when it comes to action. I've learned how to have action meetings with my friends and colleagues, rather than "planning sessions" that spiral off into oblivion.
Signals can be accurate if your intuition is very fine-tuned. We carry something that can give us false signals and hold us back from success. That thing is fear. Fear is innate. It can work for us or against us. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of action... And fear gets your attention by halting you in your tracks in a most personal way.
How do you eliminate that fear of forward momentum? Use this one phrase: "Don't even think about it, just do it." You can replace the word think with other things like, "Don't talk about it anymore, just do it." "Not one more minute of planning, just do it." Say it out loud, over and over again, until you find yourself moving forward to do it.
This phrase was the massive call-to-action for accomplishing nearly every one of my goals last year, and I'm on track to match that this year as well. I have fears too, I have failed before and have to tell myself, "NO! Don't even think about it, just do it, Rubina!" I say it out loud to myself. I don't even care who is there. I did it in a cafe once and someone turned to me and said, "I needed to hear that!" We started laughing because we related as human beings who didn't want fear to rule over us.
Will the fear completely go away? No, but that fearful voice quiets, and when you take action, these great wonderful feelings of accomplishment start coming over you. Soon, you are taking so much action, that the thoughts in your head are all about taking action. It becomes an addiction.
As Thomas Jefferson said, "Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask, ACT! Action will delineate and define you." You will truly learn and be the person you want to be, successful, accomplished, uniquely you.
I challenge you to take action now. Leave a comment below and let me know how you plan to take action this week. Will you use the phrase I created, or design a custom one for yourself? Leave a story about how you've tricked your psyche into taking action. Don't even think about it, just do it.
Let's Illuminate our lives,