It’s interesting how we can have incredible ideas, intentions and goals and then get totally stuck when we try to implement them. The likely culprit is that we start over thinking and fall into a pattern of negative thoughts. Excitement and planning can quickly shift to reasons we shouldn’t move forward or can’t make things happen, especially if fear has a say.
And then, we find ourselves stuck in indecision and losing motivation as self-doubt and inertia set in. Our lives stay the same and our dreams fade into the distance.
But, wait! There is a quick and easy way to shift this pattern and make things happen. Here’s how it goes:
Step 1: Interrupt your negative thoughts by counting down 5-4-3-2-1.
Counting backwards requires your brain to re-focus and shift gears, resulting in the negative thoughts being left behind. This pattern of numbers also sets up a feeling of getting ready for something to happen.
Step 2: Launch yourself into immediate action.
Quick, decisive movement prevents your brain from having time to return to negative thinking. Taking action also changes your physiology, which will impact how you feel and create positive momentum.
The opportunities and benefits of using this method are endless. You can use it for little daily moments or to change your entire life. It’s also an excellent way to stay on target when creating new habits or working toward goals.
Procrastinating? 5-4-3-2-1 Launch into action!
Debating a positive scary next step? 5-4-3-2-1 Launch past the fear!
Too much TV, Facebook, or inertia? Launch into something more meaningful!
Considering cheating on a positive habit? Launch back into it!
Wanting a clutter free home? – 5-4-3-2-1 Launch into clearing one small area!
Hitting the snooze button too often? 5-4-3-2-1 Launch out of bed!
Losing site of your dreams and goals? Launch them!
Whenever there is something you know you should do, count down and launch it.
Over time these small actions will make big changes in your life and how you feel. Side stepping your brains attempts to keep you stuck will move you forward, bring confidence, and nurture a sense of pride in what you have accomplished.
And that, is a good thing.