5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Action. Get up. Get moving. Level up.
We’re all guilty. A thought forms, generating an urge to start something. Perhaps I should write a few words in my diary, run the dishwasher, or exercise. But I hesitate. The couch is comfy. Besides I don’t feel like writing, I’m not inspired, and my journal is in the next room. The dishes can wait for another commercial break, and didn’t the weather forecast call for rain? A must-see episode is starting, so I’ll settle in, stay warm, and nothing awful will happen.
The problem is nothing good will happen either. You won’t advance towards your cherished dreams, inspiration and opportunities won’t be knocking on your door, and your dignity will disappear into a dark basement corner. It’s not your fault. It is your brain’s primal impulse for survival. When you pause, your brain senses uncertainty and fear and creates reasons to stop. We’ve all heard Isaac Newton’s quote about a body in motion. The trick is overcoming inertia. In science, the amount of energy required to initiate a reaction is greater than the energy needed to keep it going.
A study at Harvard Business school concluded that progress is key to productivity and happiness. Tiny steps in the right direction start a positive feedback loop. Even small successes can build your confidence and forge a link to a constructive habit that interrupts a cycle of bad habits. The chain reaction predisposes you to action, and your self-esteem returns. Get your body moving, and everything changes.
Are you ready for action?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer