Sep 14, 2009
This Is Your Chance. Don’t Settle For Not Taking It.
(This is a “Monday Morning Kick In The Ass” reprint from
my Stop Settling newsletter. I’m posting it because I’ve
never received such a flood of “This is just what I needed”
emails as I have for this one, and I want to expand its reach.)
Please re-tweet at the end if you liked it.
This Monday’s Kick: This Is Your Chance
When we’re focused on a goal – especially a big honkin’
one, the finish line can seem awfully far away. And that
distance can drain your desire to take action, because
all you can see is how you’re Not There Yet.
Want to lose 50 pounds, and you still have 49 to go?
… you’re Not There Yet, and your spirits sag.
Want to make $100,000, and you’ve got $99,990 to go?
… you’re Not There Yet, and your motivation slumps.
Want to stop being lazy, and … you still are?
… you’re Not There Yet. And “There” seems forever away.
When you’re in this state of mind, taking action can
be damned hard, because all you’re thinking of is the
problem you don’t want to have and the solution that’s
not yet in your hands. And it drains you.
But you don’t have to settle for that. There’s another way.
Just focus on this very moment as your chance to strengthen
your action-taking muscles.
No, you won’t lose weight by eating well or exercising
today. You’ll achieve that when you eat well almost
every day. So tell yourself “This is my chance to strengthen
this habit again.”
“This is my chance” should be your mantra, and you should
repeat it to yourself every single time you feel your spirits
“This is my chance to strengthen this habit.”
“This is my chance to chip away at this fear.”
“This is my chance to build a relationship.”
Whatever you’re resisting (because the finish line is too
far away or too scary), stop resisting. You can’t turn the
tide in a day.
But you can take a few more strokes towards swimming
in the right direction. You can strengthen your action-taking
muscles, if only for the purpose of making it easier next time.
This is my chance.
This is MY chance.
Don’t settle for not taking it, again and again and again.
Changing your life? That’s hard. It’s a lot of work.
Changing what you do for the next 60 seconds? Hell,
you can do that.
This is my chance.
Take it. Now.
That is all,