We hear it almost everyday; sigh, sigh, sigh….
I just can’t get myself motivated enough to (lose weight, test my blood sugar, eat healthy consistently, finally commit to personal growth, learn something new, make that change I/ my business/ my career so desperately need, etc). And we hear an equal number of sighs from diabetes educators, doctors, coaches, CEOs, parents, etc) who can’t get their patients (subordinates, children, mentees, proteges) to do the right thing for their diabetes and health (or career and life).
We have news for you. Motivation is not going to strike you like lightning. And motivation is not something that someone else – nurse, doctor, family member, manager, peers, CEO – can bestow or foce on you. The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it.
Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or your blood pressure, buy a new book and actually read it, get hold of your finances (finally start saving, investing), spend more time with your spouse, your children. Do it without motivation, and then guess what? After you start doing the thing, that’s when motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep doing it.
Motivation is like love and happiness. It’s a by-product. When you’re actively involved in doing something, it sneaks up and zaps you when you least expect it.
As Havard psychologist Jerome Burner says, “You are more likely to act yourself into feeling than feel yourself into action.” This is worth repeating: “You are more likely to act yourself into feeling than feel yourself into action.”
So act! Whatever (pure things) it is you know you should do, do it. Just do it!
That right there is an excerpt from the first chapter of ‘The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth’ by John C. Maxwell. *Inserts in italics mine.*
What do you do when you need to pick yourself up, and get back on track? My favourite pick me up when I find that I seem to be rather aimless is to read a good book. And I have been quite aimless in the past week or two. Aimless meaning I get up, go to work, do the work, come back, do homework, sleep, repeat. I’m chasing nothing, and nothing is chasing me. Not acceptable! So, I went searching in the home library a.k.a book shelf, and settled on this book. No regrets whatsoever! I have only read one chapter of the book, and I can’t begin to explain how it’s helping me refocus, and accomplish so much.
I digress…Back to our excerpt! The number one habit you’ll ever cultivate is the habit of taking action. No one ever lost weight by reading up on weight loss, watching exercise videos, or following weight loss coaches on instagram. Lol… And it’s the same with whatever else you want to achieve. There are only two steps involved: 1. Decide, 2. Take action.
One of Tara Fela-Durorotoye’s mentees once wrote about how she discusses an idea with you on Friday night, and before you wake up on Monday morning the idea is already in motion. Can you imagine?! Isn’t that the very stuff legends are made of? The more you wait, the more likely that your super idea will never see he light of day. What’s more? Fear and doubt creeps in. And giving room for fears and doubts will only stop you from taking action. And you never really know until you take action, and step out. Right? Right!
Here’s the plan:
“Before you get out of bed every morning, say ‘do it now’ fifty times. At the end of the day before you go to sleep, the last thing you should do is say ‘do it now’ fifty times.”
Fifty times is only indicative, just say it many many times. I practiced this just yesterday and it’s been phenomenal. If it crosses your mind to make a call, say ‘do it now’, and go ahead to make it; if it crosses your mind to check out a learning program that may be good for you, say ‘do it now’, and then go ahead, if it crosses your mind to pray, ‘do it now’, if it crosses your mind to stop wasting your time on facebook or instagram, you betcha do it now babe!
That’s another excerpt from the book by the way.
So, there you have it. The number one habit of high achievers, is the habit of consistently taking action. Good action, if I may add (Lol…). More action, less talk. So let’s do this, repeat after me: “DO–IT–NOW!”
Hope you take action today!