Are you a person who reads, plans and strategizes, but then struggles to act on it? If so, today’s episode is for you. But first, let me reassure you that you are not alone. This is an issue so many people struggle with, but it is something everyone can overcome.
You become what you DO. It isn’t to say planning and learning isn’t important, but without taking action it will never get you to where you want to be. I’ve struggled with this over the years. I still do if I allow myself to get stuck in my own head.
In today’s episode I talk about the 6 steps I personally take to escape this, and how I work with my clients to do the same. What you DO is the most important thing in your life. At work, at home, with your own health and personal growth… it’s what YOU DO that matters.
I’ve written an article below that explores these 6 steps in greater detail. Whether you choose to read or listen (or both), I hope it encourages you to focus on what you do next — what YOU need to do to become who you need to be
IN TODAY’S SHOW YOU WILL LEARN:
- The most common barriers that prevent people from taking action, and the simple steps you can take to overcome them
- One of the biggest impacts having a coach has on your life, and how my own recently reminded me of this
- The 6 Steps you need to take to become a person who not only comes up with a great plan, but then executes on this each and every time
- The huge (yet underrated) role “specificity” plays in this 6 Step Process, and the steps you can take to become more specific with your actions
- The single biggest aspect of “balance” that most people overlook, but arguably plays the largest role in achieving balance in your life
- How most people compare themselves to who they used to be, and how this holds you back and prevents you from acting on today
- The role SYSTEMS play in all this, and how you don’t need to be good at creating them to implement them into your life
- How I recently challenged myself to write an important letter, and the massive impact it’s already had on me, my work and my mindset
- Subscribe to the Primal Potential Podcast
- Connect with me on Instagram and Facebook
- Join the 12 Weeks to Transformation Program
- Watch The ‘3 New Rules For Success’ Webinar
Tell me if this sounds familiar…
You read a few books, listen to some podcasts and watch a lot of videos…
You learn a lot, and feel confident in implementing what you’ve learned…
But first you want to come up with a plan and a strategy…
You line everything up and you’re ready to take action…
Only you don’t — because something else has come up!
Can you relate? If you can, don’t worry because you’re not alone. Most people struggle with this.
You are what you DO, which is why so many people struggle to turn dreams into reality. It’s easy to come up with a great vision, but then following through with the right actions each day… that’s hard.
I believe it’s tougher to overcome than ever before. We live in a highly connected society where information and knowledge is at your fingertips. It’s easy to learn almost anything you want. You can read, listen, watch and take courses. You can keep planning and coming up with better strategies.
But none of this helps unless you take action.
You Are What You DO
It isn’t that learning and planning isn’t important, but it only takes you so far. At some stage you need to make the leap and take ACTION! The problem is, this is hard and often scary.
Almost everyone struggles with this to some degree. But it is a choice. You get to choose to be a person who only ever plans, or become one who executes on them.
If you want to get what you want, you have to take that leap.
A listener reminded me of this recently. She sent an email saying how much she enjoyed the podcast: that she had learned a lot, been inspired to push out of her comfort zone and transform her life.
BUT she knew what she was like…
She held back. Kept learning. Kept planning. She knew what she had to do, but something held her back. I guess she emailed me to give herself permission to take that leap.
So many people are going through the same thing right now. Maybe you’re one of them. In recent weeks, I’ve found myself struggling to overcome this. In the lead up to the 12 Weeks To Transformation Launch, I had a long to-do list.
I had a plan. I knew what I needed to do. Yet I struggled to get on with it. I didn’t feel prepared enough. It continued this way until I spoke to my Personal Coach who gave me the clarity I needed.
He asked me questions I needed to answer. He called me out on my excuses.
One single call set me free
What You DO is What Matters The Most!
I’m not sure you ever fully escape this. During chaotic times, you always fall back into ‘planning’ mode.
It keeps you safe. It makes you feel in control.
But you’re not. You’re just delaying the inevitable.
There’s a process you can follow to overcome this. It’s what I use (and have used recently in the lead up to the 12 Weeks to Transformation Launch) and it’s what I teach my clients and students.
The next time you struggle to ACT, follow these steps.
1: You have to know what you want
Specificity is a Super Power!
Often you don’t get specific enough when you create a goal. You keep it general:
- I want to save money
- I want to feel less stressed
- I want to eat better
You need to dive deeper into the problem, so you fully understand what you want. There may be several areas you want to improve, which is fine. Specify each one. Get specific about what you want to achieve in each area.
For example: instead of “I want to be more peaceful or less stressed in my life”
Transform this into: “I want to react to stressful moments better so they don’t control me.”
Give it a why.
Provide it a purpose.
Get specific on what you want.
2: You Need a Specific Practice
Once you know what you want, you need to build a practice around it.
Reading books or listening to podcasts isn’t enough (at least, it isn’t specific enough). Being general like this keeps you stuck in hope. You hope to improve and reach your goal, but you don’t take the actions necessary to escape it.
Having a specific practice helps.
It doesn’t have to be a detailed practice or take long. It doesn’t have to be something you do each day.
Every situation is different.
For me, one of my core practices is to write in my Identity Journal. Everyone who joins the 12 Weeks To Transformation Program gets ones of these, and we teach you how to use it effectively
To learn more about how we use it in the program, listen to the podcast that accompanies this article. It goes into all this deeper, showing you how to create specific practices for YOUR goal.
3: Make a Habit of Looking at Today
Once you’re specific on what you want and what your practice is… you need to let go.
- Let go of the past
- Let go of who you used to be
- Let go of what you’ve always done.
- Let go of yesterday
Often, we prevent ourselves from living today based on who we used to be.
“This is fine right now, but I always end up quitting after a few weeks.”
“I tried this last year and it didn’t work for me.”
“I always fall short at the last hurdle.”
Create a blank slate. Focus on what you can do today to make progress. Whatever happened in the past, focus on aking today count. One step. One, small step. That’s enough.
Today is a new day. You get to choose to be someone new TODAY.
Don’t be put off by the word ‘systems’.
Many people run away from them because they presume it’s complicated and detailed. The truth is, you can turn anything into a system. It’s how we transform habits into a habit in the first place.
Do something and keep doing it in the same way over-and-over-again…
Whatever your practice is, turn it into a system.
- a system saves you time
- a system is easier to work through
- a system helps you find weaknesses (and spot improvements)
- a system decreases stress and overwhelm
- a system gives you control
My morning routine is a system. The way I structure my week is a system (Tuesday’s is when I record podcasts, whereas Wednesday is my writing day). I wake up each day knowing what I need to do.
Each Tuesday is different and never follows the same exact routine.
But I know what I need to focus on, which makes DOING the work easier.
5: Surround Yourself with a Community
These final two steps are linked.
The first part is to surround yourself with people on the same path as you. This is why the 12 Weeks To Transformation impacts so many people. They don’t just learn new skills and get to work with me 1-1, but are surrounded by people going through the same process, steps and issues.
A community like this is one of the key components of turning a plan into reality.
6: Get a Coach
All this is far more effective if you have a coach.
Even the greatest athletes on the planet have a coach. They are great what they do, but they need someone to provide an outside perspective. It’s like they’re sat in helicopter looking down on you, guiding you on which steps to take and when.
Often, you know what you need to do (but none of it’s clear)
Your coach helps clarify everything, and then pushes you to ACT.
A few weeks ago, my own coach reminded me of this. I’ve gone through the 12 Weeks to Transformation Launch many times before. I know what I need to do, and I know how to do it.
But my life today is different to before. Everything was hazy.
Speaking to my coach gave me the clarity I needed.
After one short call, I had a new lease of focus and motivation. I turned my plan into reality, and this is what I help everyone inside the 12 Weeks To Transformation Program achieve.
If you can relate to this article, please know you’re not alone.
Most people struggle with this, including everyone who enters the 12 Weeks To Transformation Program.
You can do much of this on your own, and following these 6 steps will help. But nobody can do it all on their own. You need to surround yourself with the right people, because it’s these individuals who keep you going when life gets tough and you lose sight of what you want.
If you think the 12 Weeks To Transformation Program is what you need… join us now ⇒
Thank you for listening and reading, I hope you’ve taken a lot from today’s episode. Please subscribe to the podcast and connect with me on social media, and if you have any questions… share them in the comments below.