We’ve all had days where we’d sit and stare at endless to-do-lists and still manage to do absolutely nothing. We managed to make a list, which most likely gave you some sense of accomplishment but then the list turned out to be unrealistically long and it would stop you dead in your tracks. It’s not like we didn’t have enough things to do, or that the things on our lists were particularly difficult; they weren’t, but the sheer overwhelm people feel sometimes can really catch us by surprise, rush over and leave us procrastinating for the rest of the day. Quite annoying and enormously unproductive. We’d lie to ourselves that it would be ok to do things another time and postpone it to another day that week, or when in deep avoidance phase, in two weeks.
Days like this are bad. Really demotivating and foggy. We could fluctuate from great high days to deep low days, and anything in between, because our minds would be all over the place.
You know why?
Because we don’t choose. Because we overload. We do this you know? We give ourselves too many tasks, commitments, and activities. We have to look good, eat well, be the perfect parent, spouse, boyfriend, daughter, colleague. We think about what to say, how to respond, what to wear and the list goes on and on. We live up to the standard that Instagram and FB have set, which is a picture-perfect Pinterest life on display. So, we wind up doing things because we think it’s what will bring us bliss, that amazing job or a perfect partner. We do what other people do. We bury ourselves in too many options and then overwhelm kicks in. It’s no wonder we feel anxious when it comes time to make a decision.
But you know what? The truth is that it’s never about the number of things that we have on our list. No, it’s all about the emotions attached to them. Because we don’t have clarity on what we want, we keep on adding things to the list that don’t really have our hearts. We don’t know what our passions are, what our purpose is. What is your goal? What are your hopes? And how are your hopes and dreams connected to actual action steps and plans. Do we even have them?
We live up to the standard that Instagram and FB have set, which is a picture-perfect Pinterest life on display. So, we wind up doing things because we think it’s what will bring us bliss, that amazing job or a perfect partner.
Because many of us lack true clarity on what it is that we want, we keep on choosing things that move the needle in all sorts of directions instead of towards one particular goal. We don’t have a road map to our future. It’s as simple as that. And the ironic thing is that clarity comes from taking action and executing! We have to try first. We have to try and fail, and then try again a few times, or thousand, but clarity only comes when we understand that the answer comes with execution.
We are afraid of failure though. We drown ourselves in these cycles of fear, doing nothing, get overwhelmed, freak out, and thus we never even give it a shot. And guess what? Because we don’t try, we fail by default. The good news is that we don’t have to. Overwhelm is a choice and so is clearing the path to success. Bob Procter’s story on decision making is one that literally changed people’s life overnight.
We on the MDC Team are huge fans of Bob’s work and some of us discovered, as we were reading DECISION, that we were control freaks. Yes, we wanted to have everything spelled out, calculated, dissected and scrutinized before even entering into it or engaging in that project. What we also figured out was that we missed out on many opportunities to grow, expand and go beyond ourselves because we were waiting for the light to enter.
The light is not going to enter while doing nothing. The light will enter when you get out of your comfort zone and stretch. You will get your answers when you set an intention, sort through the clutter, identify your priorities and TAKE ACTION. Because that is when the Universe starts to reciprocate in a way that is beyond even our own imagination. Don’t get us wrong, the Universe reciprocates regardless of what you do and how you do it. You get what you give. It’s science.
We have to try first. We have to try and fail, and then try again a few times, or thousand, but clarity only comes when we understand that the answer comes with execution.
If you do nothing it will reciprocate with situations, people, experiences that match the ‘doing nothing’ energy. But if you radiate hope, and expect good things, trust the process AND do what you can do in the moment, then your path to success will be as clear as day. The art of taking action states that we cannot always control what happens to us but we do have the power to control how we respond to it. What we do with our experiences, and how we bend those set roads to a road we will gladly and purposefully pave ourselves.
Now, there are countless ways of getting to the core of who you are and what it is that you want to do. The Million Dollar Club can help you with understanding who you are and what your purpose is. However, the first step you must take yourself. Maya Angelou wrote: “When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel a sense of hope and accomplishment.”
Getting involved and taking powerful action fuels more forward action. It gives you the momentum you need to push through the feelings of confusion and overwhelm, and on to bigger and better things. The journey is the reward; don’t fill yours with stress, inaction and anxiety. Power through it with clarity and confidence. You must realize that doing things and taking action, even if you don’t know what the outcome will be, is going to be one of the most important and pivotal skills that you will ever teach yourself. Without it you will live your life following the crowd. With it the crowd will most likely follow you.
You choose what it is you want and then take action. You can’t get to the other side of the mountain by staring at it. Even if it is tiny and your actions seem insignificantly small, you have to start carving out the image of your future at some point. Just start.
You got this.
The MDC Team.