5 Ways To Develop The Action-Habit

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"Thinking will not overcome fear but action will." - W. Clement Stone

For every action, there's a reaction.

In many articles, I have promoted the principle of taking action immediately on your goals and dreams.

Action produces results but thoughts produce vision.

If you're positive, your actions will create a positive reaction such as a good result and your positive thoughts will produce a vision of success and fulfillment.

Essentially, you will envision success as the result of taking action.

But to even move forward in life, you have to take action on all the simple but important things in your life. I learned this the hard way.

I floundered around as blogger for many years.

I was willing to take action on being famous or making lots of money but I was not invested in the important action of learning, reading and leveling up my skills as a blogger and writer.

After reflection, I realized that I let many fantastic opportunities and achievements pass me by just because I failed to take action.

The universe will always set you up with opportunities but it will only manifest if you develop the habit of taking action.

Let's talk about 5 ways to develop the action habit.

1. Start Small But Start Now

If you feel intimidated by the enormity of a task, it's okay to just start small.

Try to focus on the easiest and simplest action you can take.

I do this all the time when I plan on writing a book. Often I struggle to write an introduction. If I attempted to come up with the perfect introduction, I'd not write or publish a single book. 

That is why it's okay for me to start small and not aim for perfection.

Search for the easiest action and start

In school, teachers often encouraged students to start with the easiest question first so that you score marks on those without fail and then focus for the rest of the exam session on the difficult section.

This lesson promotes safe results with the prospect of creating a fantastic result too.

Try:
  1. Walking a few steps every day to build up an exercise habit.
  2. Write a few words in your book.
  3. Read a 4 or 5 pages a day
All these little actions will accumulate and produce a result, I promise.

2. Have A Clear, Focused Goal

In case I don't know where to start, I take a piece of paper and write down a very clear and focused goal I want to work on today.

If you struggle with overthinking, this is a great way to transfer thoughts into an action (indirectly).

More importantly, think about your biggest goal, break it down into mini goals that you can start with immediately and choose the best one to take action on.

There's no rule stating you have to be miserable. Remember, you're acting on things that are building you up as an individual. It can be fun or miserable depending on the way you approach tasks and goals.

Make it fun.

3. Start Your Day With The Most Important Thing

I learned this lesson from Brian Tracy's Eat That Frog in which he advises his readers to complete their most important task first thing in the morning.

Why?

So that you never feel like you wasted your day on mundane tasks.

However, it teaches you to prioritize.

Prioritization is the skill of ranking a single task as the most important from the list of tasks and giving it all your attention. 

Yes, this was originally what prioritizing meant.

It has been changed over the years to rank different tasks according to their importance but in developing the action habit, it is better to be simplified in contrast to overloading yourself with all high ranking goals at first.

4. Focus On The Process

I've read quite a few blogs (including mine) that have promoted the idea of not focusing on your expectations to succeed but on the process itself.

This is splendid advice.

But we're human beings. 

I'm easily influenced and motivated by cars, other people's success and the possibility of living a better life and being a better me.

Expectations are inevitable and you're can't drown out thoughts on the end result. 

However, if you can rewire your brain to focus on the expectation in a manner that inspires you to work harder, you'll take action more often.

Ideally, when building the action habit, start by taking action as fast and as much as possible but under the presumption that you're not expecting to get anything out of it besides this habit. 

Afterward, when the action habit sticks, focus on the quality of action with the intention to achieve things based on quality.

5. Stop Before You Feel Frustrated

One of the reasons why people give up on building habits is because they keep trying even when they feel frustrated, irritated and tired.

In reality, I understand that they're trying hard and really want to succeed at building a habit but this approach often leads to failure.

Sometimes, you have to step away whilst enjoying what you do.

This builds excitement and anticipation within you to get back to taking action. If you ate ice cream every single day of your life, you'll grow used to it and not enjoy it as much as the person who is indulging in a chocolate ice cream after a month or 2. 

Don't overindulge in any activity.

Take action daily, do it consciously a couple of times but stop at a certain quota. Build your habits in a way that promotes a positive outlook on life. 

Stick with good habits for the rest of your life and they will transform your life into something extraordinary.

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