Getting Leverage On Yourself

When pursuing a goal we all know that actions lead to results. The trick is to get ourselves to take action consistently. There are so many things that can get us off track from taking effective massive action that will move us closer to our goals. There are the obvious “daily tasks” that often fill up our time. Also, there are the fear based inhibitors. Some of the most effective actions that you can take to move you closer to your goal will sometimes be the things that scare you. So for many of us, we will avoid these actions wherever possible.

I’ve talked a lot in the past about how important knowing your “WHY” is (the reasons that you want to accomplish this goal). Your WHY is the reason that you want to achieve a particular goal. The more clear and compelling your WHY, the more you will take action. If you aren’t taking action then it is likely that you don’t have a compelling enough WHY. If your WHY is absolutely compelling then you will take action no matter what.

Your WHY needs to evoke emotion. It needs to create emotional leverage. If your WHY isn’t doing that then you should revisit your WHY. The more emotional leverage you can create the stronger the force will be behind your actions. The more courage you’ll have, and the less discouragement and frustration will get you off course.

Sometimes one of the best ways to get leverage on yourself is to actually get ANGRY! Not angry at anybody, definitely not angry at yourself, but angry about the current circumstances that you don’t want anymore in your life. For example, some of the greatest action comes when people get so angry at their current setting that they are absolutely motivated to change it. They get so angry that they will do whatever it takes to change their circumstances.

I’m not saying become an angry person, far from that. I’m not saying take this emotion and internalize it so that you are negative to those around you, far from that. What I’m saying is that even anger can be a powerful tool if it is channeled correctly. When you get absolutely fed up with a certain circumstance you will do whatever it takes to change it. Sometimes anger is the only leverage that will work to get you to take action in the face of fear.

For example, you can sit and visualize your life on the beach all you want and it may not evoke the same type of passion as visualizing having to stay forever at a job that you hate. When you think about the reality that you cannot change your life, that you have to stay at a job you hate, that makes you angry. Once you get angry you are willing to fight to change it. Sometimes it takes fight to overcome fear.

So often I’ve encouraged our team members to find what brings out the fight in them. If you are in a part time (or full time job) that you hate, and you want your business to provide a certain level of income so that you can leave that job, then one of the most effective ways to get you to work on your business is to place an image of your current job (ie. a corporate logo, etc) somewhere prominent where you can see it. Each time you see it it will evoke emotion. When emotion is evoked you will take more action. The more you take action the better your results will be over time.

Even anger can be a powerful positive force when it is channeled for good. Find your fight. Get leverage on yourself and you’ll be surprised at the passion that will come out!

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