I am naturally a pretty positive and upbeat person, but don’t buy into the whole positive thinking movement. The way I look at achieving goals like getting in great shape or building a successful business is that it is positive actions that matter most.
Simply do the actions necessary to reaching your goals, and forget how you feel. What I found is that the proper actions always lead me to feeling better anyway. My advice about getting in shape is that sometimes you will feel like exercising and sometimes you won’t. Make sure and exercise either way!
[Thinking about getting fit and doing what it takes to get fit are two very different things. It is great to learn and to discuss fitness, but make sure you become a person of action as well. You need to take consistent action to get great results.]
I Like to Keep it Simple – Do the Actions it Takes to Succeed
Want to lose weight, then eat less than you burn. Learn some advanced strategies, like outlined on this site, to accelerate your progress. Once you learn the proper steps, simply begin “doing” them (not great English…I know). Regardless of your mood, do what it takes to reach your target. Don’t over-analyze, start moving toward your goals and learn as you go.
Often it is Your Mind That Will Follow Your Body
There are many times that I don’t feel like working out, until I begin to workout. It is funny how it works. How can you “feel” like exercising by exercising.
I am convinced that your mind will follow what your body is doing. It isn’t true 100% of the time, but more often than not…it is the case. I’m sure many of you have experienced this as well.
What If You Really Don’t Feel Like Exercising?
Here is how I push myself to complete any action even if I don’t “feel” like doing that particular action.
- I ask myself what most people would do given the exact same circumstance.
- The answer is that most people would simply allow themselves to be talked into doing nothing due to their mood.
- I remind myself that in order to be extraordinary at anything I need to do what others are unwilling to do
To me, this is just using logic. I realize that the difference between success and failure is almost always lack of “positive action”. Obviously the correct actions need to be taken, but that isn’t the main reason why people fail…lack of action is.
What Will Make It Easier for You To Take Positive Action?
To me, you need to find ways to make sure you take positive action. This post isn’t against positive thinking. In fact, if that causes you to take positive action…I’m all for it.
Find out what works for you. Some people work well if they reward themselves for positive action…others work better on punishment if they don’t do something. I remember reading somewhere about a person who said they would eat a can of cat food if they cheated on their diet.
The bottom line is to figure out what it takes for you to take positive action on a consistent basis.
Three Action-Oriented Blogs I Think You Should Subscribe To
Zen Habits: Leo, the author of this site reads Fitness Black Book…but it isn’t why I am listing his site here. He has achieved a ton of accomplishments in a short period of time and outlines his way of thinking which made it easy for him to do so. Read My Story (a bit about Leo), to see what I mean! I love learning from do-er’s! Very entertaining writing as well.
Steve Pavlina’s – Personal Development For Smart People: Another site dedicated to achieving goals without getting super “spacey”. Okay he does get a little mystical at times, but most of the time it is just solid info to motivate you to take action. What I like best is that he has recorded an amazing amount of content. Click “Audio” underneath the header graphic at the top of the site to see what I mean.
The Positivity Blog: Henrik Edberg and The Positivity Blog is one of the sites that I modeled my blog after. He writes entertaining posts, tells stories and really puts himself out-there. His blog is a “best of” when it comes to achieving goals and happiness. I enjoy how his posts are entertaining and to the point. I make it a point to visit a few times per week.
Happiness – What Does it Mean to Live a Happy Life: This is just one of the best articles I’ve read on the subject of happiness. Really, the reason we try and hit goals in the first place is to increase our happiness, right?
Note: As always…let’s continue this conversation in the comment section.
I’m really excited by all of the action this site has recently received. What motivates you to take action? What has been a sticking point?