4 Ways To Get Into Action Mode


 

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It’s no secret that I adore Steven Pressfield. If you haven’t read The War of Art, Do the Work or his latest, Turning Pro yet, go and get them! They’re huge eye-openers and very actionable loving kicks-in-the-butt to get you going on what lights you up.
 

There’s one sentence in particular from Turning Pro that I’ve underlined five times in my copy: “The sure sign of an amateur is he has a million plans and they all start tomorrow.” Hands up who knows this phenomenon?
 

Your mission today is to break out of inertia and get into action mode.
 
 

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Task 1: Understand it’s not about how good you are

 

Here’s what “pro” doesn’t mean: It doesn’t mean that you have to make your passion your profession or business. You needn’t earn your living with it. Whilst this is definitely possible – and if it’s your dream, I’m cheering you on all the way – it’s not what “turning pro” refers to.
 

What does it refer to? Your attitude. It’s what I mean when I tell you to prioritise your passion. We have usefulness drummed into us from childhood, so if something isn’t any “use” in terms of making money, it automatically becomes an afterthought.
 

This idea is destroying our happiness.
 

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Task 2: Get into action mode

 

Your passion is what lights you up and also lights the way to your purpose. It deserves a “pro” attitude. Here are four ways to get there:
 

  1. Calculate how much time you spend on unnecessary things every day (social media, pleasing others, things you’d rather not do or could outsource). Eliminate these things.
  2. Get coaching. Seriously. Nothing gets you into action mode faster.
  3. Do one thing for your passion today. Just one. But it has to be today. As a bonus, schedule this step in your calendar.
  4. Find others who share your passion.

 

Make a decision, right now, that you’re a pro at your passion(s). And then start.

Find “Your Thing” Through Alignment


 

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Let me start by asking a few hard questions.
 

Are you living, or just existing? Is life an exciting journey with you at the steering wheel, or are you drifting along and only hope you’ll arrive somewhere unscathed?
 

How about decisions: Are you good at making them? Do you sometimes worry if you’re on the right path in life? Do you wish there was some guidance, a way to know for sure?
 

Today’s mission is for you to establish a surefire guiding system through your life, and towards finding “your thing”.
 
 

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Task 1: What matters to you?

 

The magical guiding system is called your values. Now, unlike your beliefs, which are acquired throughout your life and can be changed, values are at the core of your being. They are who you are at the deepest level.
 

Start by looking at a list of values such as this one, and write down those that spontaneously speak to you. You can add others that aren’t on the list.
 

Then narrow down the list until you’re left with ca. 5 top values.
 
 

Task 2: Practise alignment

 

Get comfortable and take stock of your life. Is it aligned with your values? You can look at things such as your job, your relationships, the way you live, where you live and with whom. Also include your passion(s).
 

Now determine which adjustments you need. Being out of alignment with your values can have serious consequences, so do whatever it takes to fix any issues.
 

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Task 3: Find “your thing”

 

This task is about making it a habit to check everything against your values. Not sure if you should accept the job offer? Check if the work is aligned with your values. Facing a difficult decision? Check which option is more aligned with your values.
 

Values are a reliable compass through life. This applies to your passions as well, and if you use it consistently, it’ll light the way to “your thing” – your purpose.

Ditch The To-Do List And Get Shit Done


 

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Am I harping on about this? Probably. But it’s such a universal phenomenon, and it’s the bane of our existence: The feeling that we should do more.
 

The Should (with capital “s”).
 

We’re more stressed, dysfunctional, mentally unhealthy ever, and at the same time, we feel like a failure for not being perfect in every last area of life: Health, exercise, money, career, love, friendships, and of course looking amazing.
 

Here’s how to stop the madness, feel good about yourself, and get shit done.
 
 

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Task 1: Ditch the to-do list

 

As the title says, this is about kicking to the curb the favourite tool of modern times’ perfection tyranny: The to-do list. Just chuck it.
 

A to-do list is like a physical reminder of the all the “should”s in your life. It shows, black on white, what you haven’t accomplished yet – it’s a recipe for feeling bad about yourself!
 

Get rid of it, and do the following instead.
 
 

Task 2: Get smart about reminders

 

You may protest that your to-do list reminds you of things you need to do. I’m all for writing down tasks, but a to-do list is not the place for them.
 

If you haven’t done it yet, learn to use the calendar on your smartphone or your computer – bonus points if it synchs between your devices – and put in appointments, invites, and anything else you don’t want to forget.
 

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Task 3: Focus

 

Every day in the morning, pull out your calendar and check if you have any appointments that day. Once you have an idea, pick out two things to focus on.
 

Don’t make it more than two things, or maybe three. You’re allowed to do more, but only put two or three on your focus that absolutely have to get done. Also make sure one of them is a passion.
 

You’ll be suprised how much you get done, and how good you feel about yourself. Try it!

Obstacles: Just A Test, Or A Sign It’s The Wrong Path?


 

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When you work on your passion or your purpose and obstacles show up, some self-help experts say it’s a test of how serious you are. Others tell you to go with the flow, and if it doesn’t flow anymore, it’s a sign that your goal wasn’t meant for you in the first place.
 

So what’s true? The answer is, as usual: Both. The tricky bit is learning to know when you need to dig in your heels, and when you should quit.
 

Your mission is to learn how to tell the difference.
 
 

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Task 1: Check your alignment

 

Whether it’s a passion, a goal or your life purpose: If they are really yours, then they’ll be aligned with your chosen lifestyle.
 

Example: You have a family with young kids, and the passion you’re working on involves a lot of travel to distant places. It’s certainly possible, but if you value lots of quality time with your children, it might not be the best match for you.
 

Ask yourself how you want to live. On your own, with a partner, with a family? Do you want to stay put or try out living in different places or countries? Choose your goals and purpose accordingly.
 

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Task 2: Feel your way around the obstacle

 

This one requires you to know yourself fairly well. Take a few deep breaths and relax. Then think of your situation. Don’t dwell on the obstacles too much, but on your goal, the passion you’re pursuing or the life purpose you’re trying to live.
 

Place your hand on your stomach. How do you feel inside? Does it feel scary, but exciting and expansive? Or is it a constrictive feeling, like a knot in your stomach or like you almost can’t breathe?
 

Your reaction gives you your answer. It’s almost always accurate. Fear is universal, but how this fear actually feels deep down, tells you if it’s worth sticking with your goal in spite of obstacles.

Get Set For The Last 3 Months Of 2019


 

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¾ of 2019 are over! Maybe you’re flying and your goals for the year are well underway. Maybe you lost track of them and feel too ashamed to even look. Or perhaps you never set goals in the first place?
 

It doesn’t matter where you stand, if you just bear with me, I’ll show you how you can make the most of the last three months of 2019.
 
 

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Task 1: The whys and wherefores of goals

 

Why would you set goals? Because the 2% of people who have written goals they review regularly, are by far the most successful, happy, and content humans on the planet.
 

Let’s break this down.
 

  • Have goals: “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” -Jim Rohn
  • Written: It’s not enough to decide to do something. There’s magic in putting it in writing.
  • Regular reviews: Goals are achieved, or need an extension, or become irrelevant. Set regular reminders (a few weeks ago, I talked about using your calendar!) to review and update your goals.

 

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Task 2: Celebrate your goals review

 

This task is twofold: First, take some time and get comfortable. Light some candles if you like, put on soft music, and if you’re part of a couple, absolutely involve your partner in this. Then do the following.
 

  1. If you don’t have written goals yet: Do the Life Audit and afterwards, set yourself 1 or 2 goals per life area, that will improve your score in that area.
  2. If you have written goals: Put them in front of yourself.
  • Note any progress.
  • Eliminate goals that no longer have meaning.
  • Celebrate goals you’ve achieved.
  • Set the next step for each goal.
  • Lastly, schedule in your calendar when you’ll take these next steps, and when your next goals review is going to be (I suggest 1 month from now).