“You are more likely to act yourself into a feeling than feel yourself into action.” Harvard Psychologist Jerome Bruner
It’s already one week into January and 2018 is right around the corner. Ok, maybe I’m getting a bit a head of myself, but haven’t you caught yourself saying things like, “This week just flew by.” I know I sure have. The next thing you know it’s February, then spring, then 4th of July, and before you know, it feels like we are getting the Christmas decorations out again.
I don’t say this to depress you or wish your life away, I say it to create a sense of urgency in your life.
Nike has coined the phrase, “Just do it.” Although it’s catchy and has helped the company sell an insane amount of shoes and other athletic products, the phrase speaks truth.
I remember working as an insurance agent with my first agency many years ago. One of the top producers walked by and asked how I was doing. I said the typical, “Fine,” and then he asked what accounts I was working on. I mentioned a few businesses that I had on my prospect list and how I was going to give them follow-up calls tomorrow. He looked at me with a puzzled look. “What’s wrong with today he asked?” He continued, “What are you waiting for, just pick up the phone and call.”
He was 100% right. Motivation to do the things you need to do will never suddenly arrive like a lighting strike. Waiting for the motivation to do something important is like waiting for the Cubs to win……………..wait, bad example:)
All joking aside, no outside influence can make you do anything. I could give the most motivational training or speech to an insurance agency, but guess what, it’s up to each person to take action. You have to as Nike says, “Just do it.”
One of my business mentors shared a famous quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. He said, “Do the thing and then you will have the energy to do the thing.”
That day several years ago when our top agency producer told me to just pick up the phone and call was a great example. I did not “feel” like picking up the phone that day. However, when I went ahead took “action” and made the call, I suddenly gained more energy to make more calls and other productive activities. My action led my motivation, not the other way around.
So what does this mean to you? It means that if you allow your feelings to drive you actions, you will often never take action on tasks that seem challenging. You won’t always “feel” like doing something, even when you know you should. Instead, take action! So go do the thing and then you will have the energy to do the thing.
John Maxwell says, “Motivation is a lot like love and happiness. It’s a by-product. When you’re actively engaged in doing something, it sneaks up on you and zaps you when you least expect it.”
Question: What will you take action on today? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
Now go “Face Your Grizzly.”