I didn’t always use to be an action taker.
In fact, I was once the person who said I was going to do things …and then I would quit about two weeks in. Because I wanted things to be perfect. Because I didn’t want people to laugh at me. Because I was scared.
Maybe you can relate.
Maybe you’re scared people will laugh at you or judge you or point out your flaws. And maybe they will, but I’ve learned that when they do that, their actions are a reflection of them - not you. Maybe they’re taking their own pain and suffering out on you. Maybe they see you doing the things they want to do and they’re feeling insecure.
But today, I’m going to encourage you to take action anyway.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a good track record of getting things done.
I didn’t either.
Until I did.
Until I am.
And taking action doesn’t mean taking action once or twice. It means taking action consistently. It means taking action even when it’s not the thing you want to do, because if we did things only when we felt like doing them, we would only do them 20 days out of the year. If you do the math, that’s not a whole lot.
You need to take consistent action to see results. Because despite what they taught us in school, you don’t get a trophy just for showing up.
You have to show up and take action too.
4 lessons I’ve learned from taking consistent action:
1. Have a vision and a why for your vision.
Know what you’re working towards and why you’re working towards it, because what I’m starting to realize is that there are seasons to life. Some seasons feel like they flow seamlessly and then there are seasons when you feel like you’re pulling teeth.
But if you have a vision you really, really believe in, you’re going to continue taking that consistent action. You’re going to keep showing up because you believe in your vision.
(Related: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Follow Your Heart)
2. Believe in yourself and believe that you can.
If you’re spending every other day wondering if it’s possible, that’s a lot of time and mental energy wasted. To be completely honest, I still do that sometimes. I still spend most days of the week wondering, but wonder and letting doubt take over doesn’t lead to results. And trust me, you want results.
A great way to combat lack of confidence is action. If you take consistent action, you’re going to get better at your craft. I mean, there’s no way around it.
There were times when I didn’t believe in myself, but I took action anyway. I created that confidence when it wasn’t there. You can do that. Consistency builds confidence, because you’re literally showing yourself that you’re capable of great things (and you are).
3. Do not compare yourself to others.
It is so easy for us to compare ourselves to others.
“Are we doing enough?” suddenly turns into “Are we enough?” and suddenly, we’re wondering if we’re enough. You are enough, and you do have what it takes.
No, you are not broken. And no, there is nothing wrong with you. (Had to say that because I’ve asked myself that a couple of times…)
So what if someone is “going faster” than you? Why are we so impatient about everything? What’s the rush? Because overnight success doesn’t exist. It isn’t real. Someone who popped out of nowhere didn’t just suddenly build something overnight despite what the media wants you to think.
4. It’s okay to change your mind.
It’s okay to be okay with where you are even if it’s not “where you think you’re supposed to be”. It's okay to be in one place today and choose to be in a different place two years from now.
All these suppose to’s and should’s and need’s are only going to hold you back and make you feel more miserable.
Apparently, everyone is an expert on your life nowadays. Everyone has the secret that will unlock all your questions, fears, struggles, etc. No. It’s like the diet and weight loss industry. Everyone “has the secret”.
Here’s "my secret": Do the work, show up, listen to your heart, be compassionate, and trust the process. And stop getting distracted every 5 minutes.
Seriously, you have to show up and do the work to get the results. And yes, it’s going to be hard some days …most days.
But it’s going to be so, so worth it.
I didn’t always use to be an action taker, but I am now. And I have to tell you - it’s not too late. Take action, start today, and keep going.
Your past isn't your present, and your present doesn't have to be your future.
If you don't like the way your life is, change it.
Share with me in the comments below:
What actions are you taking? How are you showing up in your life?