Today’s message is all about learning that action is the most powerful force you can wield on this earth!
When I was younger, I always thought that the people who went on to do amazing things were simply in a different league. Maybe they were super smart, or they were just born with incredible abilities that the rest of us don’t have. But these days, I can tell you that this simply isn’t true. Of course there are some exceptions, but even then there’s more to the story than meets the eye.
Over the years, I have been very lucky to be able to interview many high performers, and I’ve come to see that most of them are ordinary people with extraordinary habits. Quite simply put, your habits influence every facet of your life. Better habits lead to better outcomes. We are effectively who we PRACTICE to be.
In other words, your actions are the single biggest contributor to your success. But most people wait for some kind of motivation to take action, when in reality it works the other way around. Action is what creates motivation.
The really interesting part is that there is always a story we are telling ourselves in our head, and these stories dictate why we take action, and why we don’t. We have to get to a point that we are able to question the validity of every story we tell ourselves.
For the longest time, I could never train consistently at gym. I would be doing well for three months, and then fall off the bandwagon, and I could never understand why. And then as I started to do deeper work on myself, I started to understand that the story I was telling myself about training, motivation, and hard work was outdated. Once I fixed the narrative in my head, my training came right. It’s been three years of consistent training without fail.
It’s very difficult to paraphrase a very detailed topic like this into a short space, but what I’m trying to do is highlight some important points for you:
- You become the collection of tiny second-by-second, and minute-by-minute decisions that you make each day.
- Your actions are preceded by subconscious stories in your head that you may not be aware of. Those are worth investigating.
- Asking yourself these questions is hard work. Not asking yourself these questions comes at a price too. What cost will you pick?
I promise you, when this penny drops for you, your life will indeed change, but as always, this only happens when you put in the work.
Mark Sham – CEO of Suit and Sneakers
PS. My HAPPINESS workshop is now available for companies to host in-house from December. This workshop is a great way to reframe the difficulties of 2020, and then help your staff enter into 2021 with the right mindset. COVID isn’t going to magically disappear on 31 December, so it’s a great idea to equip staff to deal with life in 2021 in an emotionally healthy way. Reply to this email if you’d like more info!