If you’ve ever been stuck in a tedious rut before, you probably know the sense of helpless futility that takes over your life. You want your life to change, but you feel powerless to do anything about it yourself. You may find yourself constantly making plans to improve your life, but never quite get around to taking action because it seems so intimidating. Does this sound like someone you know or is this someone you?
I know that taking action may intimidate and frighten you but guess what? It can also empower you! If you learn to use it effectively, it can provide the fuel you need to keep moving forward toward your goals, hopes and dreams. When you do this, you’ll realize that there was never anything to fear in the first place, and you’ll never get stuck again!
Below are three simple steps that show you how to get started:
1. You must first understand that your life is the way it is right now because of your hesitation in taking action! This is very important, because once you get this you’ll understand the importance of moving forward no matter how anxious it may make you feel in the beginning.
Then, decide on one action to take to get the ball rolling. Think about your life right now, and ask yourself which situations you want to change first. You might choose your career, relationships, health, financial situation, or anything else that makes you feel powerless and stuck. Then think about one simple action you can take to inspire some positive change. It doesn’t have to be a huge action, just SOMETHING to start building momentum.
2. Once you’ve decided on your action step, you must then push yourself to take it no matter what! This may seem incredibly difficult or even scary, but remember that most often the things you fear are not going to happen. In fact, you may not even have a clear reason for feeling scared, you’re simply afraid of the “unknown.” Give yourself a pep talk and push yourself in any way you have to in order to move forward at least a little bit. After you take that first step, be sure to let go of any expectations of what will happen because of it. And make sure you allow yourself to feel great simply because you did something about it!
3. Repeat with the same step, and/or others over and over again. Once you’ve taken one step forward, you’ll need to keep pushing yourself to take others. Consider this: Even if you take a hundred small steps in a month, you’ll be putting forth positive effort to make changes in your life, which cannot help but bring about better circumstances!
The great news is that taking action quickly begins to build momentum. Just as chronic non-action can create a cycle of negativity and stagnation over time, being proactive can create a positive cycle that continues to grow! And trust me, it gets easier the more you do it. Eventually it will seem almost effortless and once it does you can continue to empower and strengthen yourself with every step you take. Got it? Then get going!