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Last Updated on January 25, 2021

How To Take Action Towards Your Goals Right Now

How To Take Action Towards Your Goals Right Now

“I’m living in a real-life groundhogs day?” is my first thought as I begin another bleary-eyed morning, puttering around trying to muster up the energy to do something. The ideas fly around in my head like busy cars through a spaghetti junction; it feels crowded and chaotic. My attempts to grab onto an idea and hold it long enough to do something are futile.

Before I knew what hit me, I’ve thrown on my Sweatpants, turned on the TV, become mentally exhausted, and have started battling the waves of remorse—all before noon. Sounds familiar?

Everyone gets stuck in a rut from time to time. While it looks different for each of us, it can manifest in our thoughts like this: “Man I have so much stuff to do right now….but I really don’t know where to start,” or “Gosh I really need to get to work on these projects, but I really don’t have the juice to get going.”

The combined self-doubt and guilt that results from knowing that you should be taking action but aren’t can be paralyzing. The only way to climb out of your rut is to start taking action towards your goals right now.

But how to take action towards your goals?

Here are 5 steps to help you climb out of that rut and take action on your goals right now.

1. Reconnect With Your Goal

What are you actually trying to accomplish? Be specific.

Are you trying to get a raise, promotion, new job offer, create a new product, change your diet, expand your business, or establish a new habit?

It can be difficult to get focused enough to take action if you have forgotten exactly what it is that you are trying to do.

Take a moment and visualize your goal:

  • See yourself accomplishing it—what is the experience like, how do you feel as you are working towards it, what obstacles do you see coming up?
  • Think about how it will feel once you accomplish it—remind yourself what you have to gain from accomplishing this goal as well as what’s at stake if you don’t accomplish it.

Taking a moment to reflect on these important questions will help to reorient and ground you.

2. Identify Your Why

What is the reason you want to achieve this goal? You will often hear this referred to as your “Big Why.” Identifying your WHY is the key to getting out of the rut and unlocking your ability to take action towards your goals.[1]

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You need a deep understanding of your WHY to do what it takes to reach the finish line. It is the reason that you are able to commit your time, effort, and resources to accomplish this goal even when things are not going as planned.

Not sure what your “WHY” is? Take some time to brainstorm all the reasons you want to accomplish the goal. You may come across some that are obvious but superficial reasons, like making money or buying that house you always wanted. Those reasons are not your “WHY”.

Instead, think about why you want to make money or buy that house: Is it because you want to provide a strong future for your family? Are you someone who wants to give back to the community? Are you deeply connected to helping other people succeed? Do you want to effect change in the world? The deeper reason is your “WHY”.

Once you identify your “WHY”, it is easier to find the energy to get motivated and take necessary action.

3. Make It Real, Write It Down

When you write your goals down, you are 42% more likely to achieve them.[2] When you write things down, you’re forced to think about them. The visual representation of your goal serves as a reminder whenever you lose focus and a point of orientation when you feel lost.

Lastly from a learning perspective, your brain may respond better to the physical activity of writing the goal than the abstract activity of contemplating the goal.

Take the time to write down your goals. Here’s how:

  • Decide if you want to focus on quarterly or monthly goals.
  • Identify the projects and resources necessary to accomplish that goal.
  • Break those projects up into a chronology of tasks.
  • Allow those tasks to become your weekly goals. Write them down at the beginning of each week.
  • Use your weekly goals to inform your daily goals. Each morning, check in with your daily goals.

At first, it can take a while because you’re not used to putting them down on paper. Be patient and keep at it. Over time, these practices will become much easier, and you’ll eventually learn to take action toward your goals.

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4. Tell a Friend

Sometimes the best thing you can do is tell on yourself. When you share your goals with others, it allows you to hold yourself accountable in a new way. You are more likely to take action toward your goal if you know that your friend will be following up with you about it.

One way to do this is to recruit an accountability partner. Someone who you know is also working on achieving goals that might be similar to yours or facing similar challenges on their success journey. You can set up a time once a week or once every other week to check-in and share your progress.

You would be surprised how much insight, inspiration, and motivation comes from partnering up with someone else who is hard at work trying to accomplish their goals, too. Not only will you get the benefit of being held accountable, but you will also get the opportunity to exercise your active listening and problem-solving skills as you help to hold your friend accountable.

5. Anticipate the Internal Push Back

It’s not easy to leave your comfort zone. It’s cozy and safe. But nothing great ever came from playing it safe. Our species has evolved by taking risks.

So, what happens when you want to take new action but you’re already in the comfort zone of inaction? There is a total internal freakout.

Yet, if you know it’s going to happen, it’s less unsettling. It’s like when you get a tattoo or a piercing, you know it’s going to hurt so you mentally prepare yourself to push through it anyway.

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all way to handle the internal push back you will experience.

Meditation, Yoga, Mantra, and Mindfulness practices are great ways to start to tune-in to yourself. YogaGlo, Insight Timer, Headspace, The Chopra Centers Website, and IanBoccio.com are great places to explore these concepts more.

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Ultimately, the more connected you are with yourself the better equipped you will be to bravely step beyond your comfort zone.

One Small Step Starts an Avalanche

Planning, writing, talking, and reflecting are important, but nothing beats action. After all, you are reading this article because you want to take steps to take action toward your goals right now. Now, it’s time to take one small intentional step towards your goal.

You have already broken your goals down into smaller projects and turn broken those into a chronology of tasks. Now, it’s time to get strategic and start planning your action.

Luckily, you’ve already identified what tasks need to happen first. Grab your calendar, scheduling app, and make an appointment with yourself to complete the first task.

The completion of that task is a small step that will start an avalanche momentum. Keep setting time aside each day to work on your goal-related tasks. Before you know it, you’ll be looking back reflecting on how far you’ve come.

Final Thoughts

Goals without action are just good ideas. It can be difficult to take action if you are in a rut, especially if it feels like the entire planet is in the rut too.

Luckily, there are things you can do to get out of your rut: remember to reconnect with your specific goal, identify your big “WHY”—the deep reason that motivates you to pursue the goal, write your goals down, share your goals with your friends, and don’t be afraid to enlist the help of an accountability partner.

Don’t be afraid of the internal resistance—it’s inevitable. Be brave and face it head-on. Lastly, get strategic and plan to take action. One small step can lead to an avalanche of progress.

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How to Find Your Passion and Live a More Fulfilling Life

How to Find Your Passion and Live a More Fulfilling Life

If you could do one thing to transform your life, I would highly recommend it be to find something you’re passionate about, and do it for a living. Learning how to find your passion may not be as easy as it sounds, but it’s well worth the effort.

If you dread going to your job, find yourself constantly lacking motivation, or find what you’re doing dull and repetitive, you need to start looking for a new job.

Staying in your current job will not only continue to leave you feeling stuck and make you unhappy, but you are not realizing your full potential in life.

Imagine this instead:

You get up early, jumping out of bed, excited to go to work. You might put in more hours than the average person, but it doesn’t seem difficult to you, because your work hours just zoom right by.

You are often in that state of mind, often referred to as “flow,” where you can lose track of the world and time, losing yourself in the task at hand. Work is not work as many people refer to it, but something that is fun and interesting and exciting. It’s not a “job” but a passion that leads to a fulfilling life.

If you’ve got a job you dislike, or even hate, this will sound like a pipe dream to you. And if you never put in the effort to find what you’re passionate about, such a thing will never be possible.

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However, if you dare to ask “how do I find my passion,” imagine the possibilities, and actually search for what you love, it is not only a possibility, but a probability.

How do you go about learning how to find your passion in life? Here are some suggestions:

1. Is There Something You Already Love Doing?

Do you have a hobby or something you loved doing as a child, but never considered it as a possibility for a job?

Whether it’s reading comic books, collecting something, or creating or building, there is probably a way you could do it for a living. Open a comic book shop, or create a comic book site online.

If there’s already something you love doing, you’re ahead of the game. Now you just need to research the possibilities of making money from it.

2. Find out What You Spend Hours Reading About

For myself, when I get passionate about something, I’ll read about it for hours on end. I’ll buy books and magazines. I’ll spend days on the Internet finding out more.

There may be a few possibilities here for you, and all of them are possible career paths. Don’t close your mind to these topics. Look into them until you feel your heart is content, and this will help you get started as you learn how to find your passion.

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3. Brainstorm

If nothing comes to mind right away as you’re asking how to find my passion, get out a sheet of paper and start writing down ideas[1]. This doesn’t need to be an organized list. It can simply be a paper full of random notes or even doodles. All of this will eventually come in handy later.

Look around your house, on your computer, or on your bookshelf for inspiration, and write down whatever comes to mind. There are no bad ideas at this stage.

4. Ask Around

There are likely people you admire in life, and there are things about them that you would like to replicate in yourself. Go to them if possible, and pick their brain. See how they landed where they currently are and whether they feel they’ve discovered their passion.

The more possibilities you find, the more likely your chances of learning how to find your passion in the long run. This may mean that you spend time talking to friends and family, coworkers, or even acquaintances in your free time.

5. Don’t Quit Your Job Just Yet

If you find your calling, your passion, don’t just turn in your resignation tomorrow. It’s best to stay in your job while you’re researching the possibilities.

If you can do your passion as a side job and build up the income for a few months or a year, that’s even better. It gives you a chance to build up some savings (and if you’re going into business for yourself, you’ll need that cash reserve), while practicing the skills you need.

6. Give It a Try First

It’s best to actually test your new idea before jumping into it as a career as you’re wondering how to find your passion. Do it as a hobby or side job at first, so that you can see if it’s really your true calling.

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You may be passionate about it for a few days, but where the rubber meets the road is whether you’re passionate about it for at least a few months.

If you pass this test, you have probably found it.

7. Do as Much Research as Possible

Know as much about your passion as possible. If this has been a passion for a while, you may have already been doing this. At any rate, do even more research. Read every website possible on the topic, and buy the best books available.

Find other people, either in your area or on the Internet, who do what you want to do for a living, and quiz them about the profession.

How much do they make, and what training and education did they need? What skills are necessary, and how did they get their start? What recommendations do they have?

Often, you’ll find that people are more than willing to give advice.

8. Practice, and Practice, and Practice Some More

If you’re getting close to learning how to find your passion, don’t go into it with amateur skill level. If you want to make money—to be a professional—you need to have professional skills.

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Get very good at your future career, and you will make money at it. Practice for hours on end and learn how to focus; if it’s something you love, the practice should be something you want to do.

9. Never Quit Trying

It’s possible that you won’t be able to find your passion at first. However, if you give up after a few days, you’re sure to fail. Keep trying, for months on end if necessary, and you’ll find it eventually.

Perhaps you thought you found your passion but discovered several months on that it wasn’t for you. Start over again and find a new passion. There may be more than one passion in your lifetime, so explore all the possibilities.

Have you found your passion but haven’t been successful making a living at it? Keep trying, and try again until you succeed. Success doesn’t come easy, so giving up early is a sure way to fail.

If you need a little help, the Make It Happen Handbook can provide you with a solid action plan to help you turn your passion in your career. Check out the handbook and start to live your passion!

The Bottom Line

Don’t forget that all of this will be a lot of work, but it will be the best investment you’ve ever made. Put in the time to learn how to find your passion, and you will find that your days are more fulfilling and produce more happiness and well-being in the long-term.

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