When you work with one of the foremost thought leaders in the field of peak performance and goal achievement, you come to expect people to “pick your brain” for nuggets of wisdom along the way. I mean, if I had the opportunity to sit down with Tony Robbins’ right hand man, I’d certainly do it, right?
So, the #1 question I am asked when it comes to achieving big goals is:
“What’s the ‘secret?’ What can I do to get me to my goal fast?”
My answer to this question is always the same:
SHOW UP AND START!
I am as guilty of procrastination as anyone and it has cost me dearly over the years. I think it is natural for people to be cautious… To want all the answers… To have assurances that they will be successful… I know there are MANY people who refuse to move forward until they are sure.
But you know what? NOTHING in this life is certain! NOTHING! I have seen people with ideas for business that seemed like they would be slam dunk, no-brainer, superstar successes that fell flat on their faces. I have seen many, many people who trained for their A-race “perfectly” who never made it to the finish line.
Stuff happens! Life happens! Things happen each and every day that are outside of our control and threaten our success. All we can really control is whether or not we SHOW UP.
How many days have I dreaded schlepping myself to the pool for a swim workout or dragging myself out for a run or procrastinated getting on the trainer for a bike ride? Oh, let me tell you – many, Many, MANY!!
And yet, here’s what I know for sure…
With only ONE exception in 6 years (that fateful run in December, 2017), I have honestly say that I have never regretted showing up and getting started. Inertia is a very REAL THING!
There are days – whether I’m in the office or facing down a workout – when I just don’t feel it. I don’t want to be there… I don’t want to do the work… I’d just rather sit on the sofa and watch Netflix. And now that Deb is over in Sarasota during the week, it’s up to ME to motivate my own damned self – no one is going to do the work for me.
I have found that the ONLY thing that moves me forward is – well – MOTION! I start… somewhere… It doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to be pretty, but I move into action and I START!
And then a funny thing happens…
The more I do, the more I want to do.
Isn’t that interesting?
So, the next time you are faced with a task that you are dreading… procrastinating… working around… justifying… do yourself a favor and just show up and begin!
I promise you won’t regret it!