The 3-Step Process to Stop Thinking and Start Doing
You want a fulfilling career, a home of your own, and better health. Or perhaps you have smaller goals, such as learning a new language or traveling more often. However, you never find the time or the perfect opportunity to get started.
The truth is that most people fail to achieve their goals not because they lack talent or have bad ideas, but because they quit. They get caught up in ruminating over what they might do and never take action.
If you fall into this category, it’s time to make a change. Follow these three steps to stop thinking and start doing!
1. Set Your Priorities Straight
Start by defining your priorities. What do you want to achieve the most? Set short-term and long-term goals, such as getting a promotion, acquiring new clients, or buying a home. Give yourself due dates for each of these goals. Even if you don’t meet the deadline, it should be just enough to get you started.
Eliminate any distractions that are wasting your time and focus on your end goal – to acquire new leads and boost your revenue.
2. Stop Over-analyzing and Go for It
Do you spend hours or days thinking and planning? Do you always focus on the worst-case scenario? Are you constantly trying to read between the lines? These signs indicate that you tend to over-analyze everything.
Like it or not, your thoughts are not reality. Just because you’re thinking of the worst-case scenario, it doesn’t mean it will happen. Don’t believe everything you feel or think. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is to go with the flow and take action. Over-analyzing situations, events, or actions rarely leads to a productive outcome.
Don’t get stuck in analysis paralysis. It is daunting. It keeps you stuck where you are. Check out the Success Mindset guide for some strategies to get unstuck and stay unstuck!!
3. Focus on the Positive
Psychologists advise us to stay positive for a good reason. A negative attitude fuels fear and anxiety, keeping you from reaching your goals. You always think of what could go wrong instead of keeping an open mind.
Keeping a positive attitude is good for your health too. It boosts your motivation and inner drive, helps you stay strong when times get tough and gives you a fresh perspective on the world around you.
Try meditation, positive affirmation, yoga, or whatever it takes to ward off negative thoughts. Focus on the good in your life and hope for the best. Negativity leads nowhere it’s neither productive nor helpful.
Staying positive can be challenging. One thing that I found that can help is what I call a Gratitude Journal. Each day at the end of the day, make a list of things that you accomplished — what you got done! And things you are grateful for. So often, we feel like we are just spinning our wheels and when you actually look at what you did accomplish, it is so much more than you thought.
Gratitude is a positive emotion. Acknowledging the things that you have that you are grateful for, helps your own positive attitude. It is hard to be grateful and angry at the same time. Gratitude cancels out the negative. So spend a few minutes in gratitude each day. You can be as simple — like, I loved the bright blue sky today, to specific — I am grateful for my spouse who listens to me….. it is your journal, so find what works for you!
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