Developing the habit of taking consistent action may not be the easiest thing to start but it certainly is worth it. Trust me when I say this because I have been there myself- feeling helpless and inadequate, waiting for people and circumstances to come to me so I could feel real and purposeful. But the truth is that the power to tap into a purposeful existence is within you- yes, you have all the tools you need to be ultimately productive and successful in everyday projects and tasks as well as with long-term goals. We have so much precious time on this lovely earth- why not do incredible things with it? Why not challenge ourselves to DO great things. Because by doing this, you will realize how much incredible potential you have. You will realize that you have the power to achieve more than you think. Now I am not saying that you should jam pack your daily schedules and leave no room to rest. A healthy balance is what we are aiming for here. My point is this: taking consistent action is meant to make you feel good! When you achieve your daily goals and gain confidence by doing this, resting and relaxing after will feel way better!
HOW TO INSTILL THE ACTION HABIT:
1 Make a Schedule
Buy a lovely planner and plan your week. Plan to do things that make you feel good and do these things regularly. Consistency is key in order to gain the benefits of a specific activity. For example, if you plan a workout 3-4 times a week, you will feel much better than if you had one workout in a week. Include the activities that make you feel productive such as your job and any classes/courses that you attend. What are your goals? Goals don't just get achieved, you have to work towards them. Taking action every day towards your goals will help you do great things.
2 Stop Thinking, Just Do
We all have great minds when it comes to rationalizing or giving reasons for why we are not able to get something done. The conditions will never be perfect so waiting for the "perfect" conditions or "perfect" inspiration may keep you waiting for years. You don't want that because you can get things done NOW! We all have problems and obstacles but what we don't realize sometimes is that these obstacles aren't meant to make us powerless- they are meant to challenge us so that we can become more powerful. So do more and think less. And the important thing is that you are getting things done, they don't have to be done perfectly to gain the benefits.
3 Face Fear
What are your goals? Are you scared of putting yourself out there to achieve them because you might fail? Well first off, you may actually succeed! When we haven't tried something yet and we don't know what to expect, we often think about how things could go wrong. But in doing this, we are totally neglecting the fact that the probability of success in achieving our goals is just as high. And by the way, in my opinion, there is no such thing as failure because our "so called" failures shape us into our strongest and most inspiring selves.
4 Trust Yourself
Know what you want and take consistent action in achieving your goals. There will be people who think they know what is good for you but the truth is that you know yourself the best and when you feel like you need to do something for yourself, you are right! The people who are trying to control your life probably lack control in their own. So own it, be confident in your decisions and have faith in your strengths and amazing abilities!
5 Know When to Rest
Get to know yourself. How much can you handle and when is it time to let go and sink into a warm bath with candles and tea? Getting things done feels good and will give you a sense of accomplishment, but you don't want to use too much energy at one time. Pace yourself, be aware and notice when you need to take breaks, let go and replenish your stores.