How To Move From Inspiration To Unstoppable Action!

Take Action!

How many of your great ideas have gone unrealized? It might have been a great idea for an invention, a book, or some unique business proposal. But you didn´t take action.

If there’s one self-criticism that most people have, it’s the inability to take action with any consistency. For example, you might have the inspiration to finally lose weight and get in great shape. But then you’re unable to get started on your exercise routine.

Common excuses include being too tired or busy. Life just seems to get in the way.

8 "Take-Action" Steps To Have You Tackling Your Goals In No Time

Follow these few simple steps and, I promise, you’ll be tackling those goals before you know it!

Step 1: Create the necessary space in your life

How much time do you need each day to accomplish your objective? If you’re training for a marathon, you probably ought to be spending an hour a day, a few days a week, and a 2-3 hour block once a week. Make this time part of your routine.

Step 2: Begin with baby steps

Immediately jumping into a new activity for 30 minutes can be overwhelming. Take action a bit at a time by starting with 5-10 minutes and adding a little more time each week.

  • Believe it or not, getting started is frequently the most difficult task.

Step 3: Avoid letting yourself off the hook

On those inevitable days when you don’t feel like taking action, just stop. It only takes a split second to convince yourself you have a good reason for avoiding a task.

  • If you freeze and don’t do anything else for a minute, you might be able to get yourself back on track. But if you let yourself turn on the TV or get on Facebook, all is lost until the next time.

Step 4: Generate reminders until you develop a habit

Even if you have the purest of intentions, it’s easy to forget something you´re not used to doing. And after that "time off" it can be easy to lose the momentum and enthusiasm you started out with. 

  • Personally, I like to leave myself post-it notes but feel free to use whatever works for you - any kind of reminder that will ensure you remember to take action each and every day.

Step 5: Consider where your discipline is lacking

Are you distracted by the TV or internet? If so, do your work where these distractions aren’t present. Are you less likely to be compliant in the evenings? Then, get your work done in the morning.

  • Add in the necessary structure to maintain discipline.

Step 6: Measure your progress

Quality experts are fond of saying, “When you measure something, the thing you measure changes.” Just by keeping tabs on your progress, you’re likely to make more headway.

  • Measuring your progress also provides proof that the activity is important to you.

Step #7: Focus on the end result

If you think about how miserable it will be to ride your bike for 100 miles, it can be really tough to get out that door. But if you focus on the exhilaration you´ll feel crossing the finish line in the big race, it makes training a whole lot easier!

  • Use visualization to propel you forward. Have a vivid picture of you reaching your goal in your mind and call on it to provide you with the motivationyou need, at a moment’s notice.

Step #8: Realize that conditions aren’t perfect

If you wait until all the stars align in the universe, you’ll rarely accomplish anything. Learn to work through less-than-perfect conditions and situations. There’s a saying, “The best time to plant a tree was last year. The second best time is right now.”

Avoid being someone who spends an excessive amount of time learning, planning, and (over!) thinking things. Simply come up with a decent plan and work it with enthusiasm. Learning to take action is one of the most valuable skills to have in life. Think about the most successful people you know. Are they thinkers or doers?

Now It´s Time To Take Action!

Choose one thing you´ve been thinking about or putting off and decide what ONE step you can do TODAY to move you forward on that, DO it! Get it done. Take that step. From there, decide what the next step is and put it in your calendar for tomorrow. Commit to following through on this "one step at a time" process until you have achieved what you´ve set out to do!

About the Author Jan Marie Mueller

Jan Marie Mueller is founder of the inspirational blog ThinkBrilliantly and The Brilliance Community, a free Facebook group dedicated to empowering women to let their inner brilliance shine! Her mission is to help women everywhere shift the way they think about themselves, their world and those around them so they have the confidence to do, be and have what they want most in life!

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