There’s no one who can honestly say that they’ve never suffered from a lack of motivation.
It doesn’t matter what your list of accomplishments includes, we all get stuck from time to time. The reasons are endless: fear, discomfort, a lack of confidence.
But what separates the extremely successful from the rest is one key differentiator: they know how to get unstuck faster.
They’ve trained their brains to think about procrastination strategically, allowing them the realization that no matter the obstacle, the only way through it is to take action.
You can revel in inaction forever, but the quicker you’re able to move into a state of doing, the more energy and momentum you’ll gain.
The tools that create ripples.
Being a doer instead of a thinker doesn’t mean, “Don’t think, just do.” It means providing yourself with the tools to think through things at a pace that leaves you feeling more at ease.
There’s nothing but confidence to be gained when you know you’ve done the planning. But how can you do this productively and inexpensively?
Be honest with yourself about your intentionality.
One of the biggest non-starters is trying to take action on something that isn’t aligning with your greater purpose.
By actively thinking through your intentions, you may realize that what you’re aiming for isn’t right for you, your company, or the important people around you.
One of the most effective ways to find clarity is by using a tool we call the The Impact Filter.
It’s a thinking process that filters out everything except the impact you want to have. It considers what you want to achieve, the best and worst possible results, and your success criteria.
It’s a simple tool, but it allows you immense clarity and intentionality, and when made a habit, it will change the way you look at your goals.
All those things that seem to oppose our goals are actually the raw material for achieving them.
Most of us have become experts at avoiding obstacles—and for good reason. It can be tough to get past them and daunting to even think about them.
But obstacles are a necessity because there’s no path to a greater version of yourself that excludes them. The key is to learn not to avoid them but to use them as an official and integral part of the solution.
The thinking tool to assist you in getting through these difficult situations is what we call The Strategy Circle.
It allows you to harness the power of negative thinking by envisioning a desired outcome and then becoming immediately aware of everything that stands in the way of that goal.
The Strategy Circle asks you to think cynically so your brain can communicate what has to be solved and overcome—because to reach a major breakthrough, you have to be willing to do the work so you can transform what stands in the way.
What can you automate and what can you delegate?
We convince ourselves that success means taking on as much as possible. We associate success with busyness.
Yet we’re living in an age where there are more options for delegation than ever before.
If we hold ourselves responsible for our freedom and find solutions for the activities that don’t fascinate or motivate us, we can make more time and space for the things that do. Familiarize yourself with our ABC Model to bring clarity to how you’re spending your time.
Do your research. Find out how technology can help you level up and get things off your plate so you can spend time building the future you want.
Free time feeds creativity.
Time away or for ourselves is not a luxury—it’s a necessity for creativity.
If you’ve reached a point of burnout, you can’t perform at your top level.
We have to take time to rejuvenate so we’re always operating at our best and offering the most competitive results. Use the Strategic Coach Entrepreneurial Time System to change the way you look at your time.
It’s a system built entirely on results and requires a new way of organizing your schedule so that you’re always operating from a place of drive and efficiency.
If you’ve fallen into the habit of beating yourself up over the things you didn’t get done, try a new approach.
Take yourself off the hook, relieve the guilt, and implement tools that will move you forward. They are a small commitment but will transform your time and life.