🌼9 reasons we won’t take ACTION (and how to make it EFFORTLESS)
Medium has spoken: ACTION is everything.
(Especially consistent action)
We can plan till the cows come home, but nothing happens until we ACT.
I know how easy it is to feel the numbing pain of inaction.
I know what I want to do, but I just can’t seem to move and do it. It is paralysing, and it is frustrating.
This thread is here to help.
Here’s why we don’t act and how we can find action effortless again:
1. We try to do too many things at once
We can only ever do one thing at a time.
But if we’re holding several things at the same time in our minds — as we are prone to do — we make it impossible to act.
Instead, we need to narrow our focus to the next one thing.
This will make it obvious, appear simple, and make action effortless.
Thomas Carlyle once said:
‘Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.’
2. We think that our self-esteem is at risk
There is no link between failure and our self-worth. Thinking there is stops us in our tracks.
Realising self-esteem is an illusion we create sets us free and makes action effortless.
3. We are waiting to be motivated
Motivation will come once you are in action. Try it for yourself. Even starting something badly will motivate you because you are doing it.
Don’t wait any longer, because it ain’t coming.
Motivation always comes from doing — not preparing — so act.
4. Our dopamine receptors are fried
When we consistently take big artificial hits of dopamine, such as through watching lots of television, porn, and even eating sugary treats, we produce less dopamine naturally in the brain.
This means that things that should energise us, like writing or enjoying nature, no longer do.
No wonder we can’t take action. We’re dead inside.
Take a break from heavy dopamine stimulations and allow your natural dopamine to return and fire you up.
5. We don’t want to make a mistake
We avoid mistakes for good reasons. We want to do it right.
But this creates insecurity in our every move. We’re thinking too hard about getting it wrong.
Because we don’t want the pain of making a mistake, we avoid action.
Instead, be willing to make a mistake. Purposefully do it wrong, like writing crap before you write the real thing.
6. ‘Too many others have done the ‘same’ thing’
It’s easy to hold back when we see our talented and prolific competition.
‘It’s been done before, so why bother?’
It’s been done, but not by you.
The world needs your take, with your unique filter.
Don’t let what others are doing stop you.
7. We are trying to adopt the right ‘mindset’
Adopting various ‘mindsets,’ like ‘think positive,’ or ‘just act confident’ are good at the macro, terrible at the micro — in the moment — level.
Mindsets don’t matter when we’re trying to take action because they take away from the moment.
Instead, let go, and just be. You don’t need to do anything.
Float in the beauty of the action.
8. You have ‘imposter-syndrome’
This, like any other story we tell about ourselves, is a self-imposed limit.
To perform, we need to be free of these stories. This requires us to turn our attention away from the story towards the task at hand.
See it as a good sign you’re pushing against your edges and having very human thoughts.
But we need not act on these thoughts. They just hold us back.
Take a breath, get present, and act in defiance of these thoughts.
Read also: 3 unusual ways to be more disciplined
9. We think we need to ‘believe in ourselves’ first
We do not. This holds us back because we are waiting for a feeling that doesn’t come.
We must put our attention off ourselves if we want to more effortlessly take action.
The way to do that is to focus on the action.
Focus on the step.
Focus on the system.
That’s all there is.
When your focus is here, you can’t help but be driven to move.
As an overview, you can see that many of these have one thing in common. Be present, and leave your judgemental thoughts behind.
Have the courage to act, regardless of thoughts.
🟢Contributed by Alex Mathers
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