Motivation is an important part of achieving the goals we set for ourselves. If we are not motivated then there is no way we will achieve any goal that has some challenge to it. We will end up giving in to the challenge and quitting. However, motivation alone is not enough to accomplish our goals. We can be the most motivated person out there but if we do not act on our motivation we will never achieve.
Taking action can be the hardest part of accomplishing goals and the part that I need to work on the most. It is so easy to make an excuse or find a reason that will convince ourselves not to do something. Even if we have 5 reasons we should do something, it only takes one reason for us not to do something. At least that is often the case with me. I know that this is holding me back from doing the things I really want to do in life and this is why I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to get past it. I think I found a solution but it is not an easy one.
The solution that I came up with is that taking action is like getting out of the bed in the morning: you just have to do it. When I am really tired and I have to wake up, I just stand up before my brain can process what is going on. Thinking about this made me figure out what stops me all the time from taking action: my brain. As my high school track coach would call it, I suffer from “paralysis by analysis,” as I am sure many of us do. What this means exactly is that we overthink things so much we find reasons not to do whatever we were thinking about; we become paralyzed. This has happen to me way too much lately and I am tired of it, so I am going to change.
I am going to start doing instead of thinking. I am going to surprise my brain and just do what I want without forethought. Yes, this may backfire sometimes but I think it will have more positive outcomes than negative outcomes. If I want to go to and event, I am just going to go I am not going to think about it. If I want to try something new, I am just going to try it I am not going to think about it. If I want to meet someone new, I am just going to talk to them I am not going to think about it. Sometimes thinking gets in the way of life and stops us from really living; I am not going to let my thoughts do that anymore. I am not going to be like the thinker in the picture and become a statue.
I think Nike was on to something when it came up with its slogan, “Just Do It.” In life that’s what we need to do, just do it. However, I know this is a lot easier said than done. I do not know how exactly I am going to start just doing things because I know I will automatically start thinking. I will have to start small and work my way up and make sure to surprise my brain like waking up. I cannot plan things out anymore I have to be spontaneous; I have to just do it. I am not longer going to tell myself, “Okay, I will do this at this time or when this happens.” I am going to stop planning and thinking so much. When I am just sitting there, I have to go do with no thinking involved at all. It is going to be hard but I am motivated and my motivation will get my past this challenge.
I am not going to let thinking control my life anymore. Are you going to let thinking get in your way?