My Uncomfortable Secret to Motivation
A five-letter word is my secret.
As you probably know, routine casts a trance-like power with
devastating impact. As a result, it is an absolute necessity
to break free of its grasp.
If you can't find a way out of the vicious pattern and
into a new set of thoughts, feelings, and actions, you
have no hope of changing or improving your life.
Consider this five-letter word my guaranteed release.
Working with remarkable speed, it personally shakes me
out of autopilot, delivers an eye-opening wake-up call,
and motivates with more force than anything I know.
Not bad for a five-letter word.
My hope--and my assumption--is that it will have the
same positive effect on you.
The Word, My Release
I know a time will come when I'll no longer be able to
act on the things I want, the things I've dreamed about
experiencing and things I've always wished to become.
I will have to let them go. I will have to let go of
all those exciting ideas I tossed about in my mind, all
the goals carefully constructed while daydreaming.
They will have to be put to rest, once and for all. And
I will never experience them.
This is a frightening thought for me. It is startling,
can be gut-wrenching, and tip-toes toward terrifying.
But it's also something else. And it's here, on the
other side of the coin, that I find my secret.
The Flip-Side of the Word
Coming to grips with reality can be scary.
So much so, that most men and women choose the other
door. They hide from the truth and tuck their dreams
into the fairytale 'someday.'
'I'll do it someday...someday.'
A sigh of relief follows and it's back to the safe and
comfy routine. No need to face fears, no need to rise
to challenges, no need to take action. That will all
happen someday--but not today.
If only this were true. It is not.
Here is the truth: Someday eventually meets the edge of
the cliff. Someday eventually runs out.
Someday eventually turns into never.
Frightening? Perhaps. But it's also your way out. It's
also your release from the routine that strangles your
hopes and dreams.
By focusing intently--and I mean intently-- on 'never,'
in regard to your lifelong wishes and wants, you will
be shocked out of your pattern of procrastination and
jolted into a new mindset.
You'll have the motivation you need to stop hesitating
because you know, without question, if you keep it up,
you'll never experience the life you've been waiting
for all these years.
Without action, talk is only noise. Below is what I do
in particular to get the most out of this five-letter
word. It's something you can do, anytime and any place,
to dismantle procrastination and ignite your inner drive.
Action Steps - Short & Sweet
Think of something you want. Not a lip-service dream,
but something you truly desire, something either for
yourself or for someone else.
Our results have shown that people imagine themselves
experiencing the joys of progress or success when asked
to think of a goal.
This time I want you to do the opposite.
I want you to imagine, vividly, that your idea, your
chosen dream or goal, cannot happen. No matter what you
do, you'll never get it. Never. Never.
If you do it right, you'll feel anxious, like you have
to get up out of your seat right now and do something
before time runs out. This is the power of 'never.'
Don't hide from the truth. Let it smack you in the face
and punch you in the gut. Only then can it snap you out
of the routine and drive you into action. Only then can
it change your life.
If you don't do something now, you may never do it then.
Never hide, never avoid, never run from 'never.' Use
it as a fire to place beneath your greatest ideas and
accept it as a truth that can set you free.