Spoiler: by taking massive action.
You can’t do the things a few do by doing what every regular joe does.
And you may be asking yourself, “What if I don’t have the motivation to change (even though I want to change)?
Don’t worry. I’m your man.
You don’t need motivation to change.
You only need to start doing and stop filling your mind and mouth with excuses and negative thoughts that drain your energy.
Ordinary people wait to feel motivated to start taking action.
That’s why they spend their life waiting.
You have to start doing things even if you don’t want. You have to start by moving your lazy body and keep doing stuff until, vualá, you feel motivated as a kid after seeing a power rangers movie.
Quit your mental objections by taking action
- You don’t feel motivated to do your hot yoga class? Ok, unroll your yoga mat, and let’s start doing sun salutations and the downward-facing dog, Adho Mukha Svanasana. You know, all that shit.
- Do you feel terrible and don’t want to get out of bed and do your job? Ok, take a f*cking shower, take a big cup of coffee, switch on the laptop and start typing.
- You don’t want to socialize? Ok, let’s get in some trouble. Call a friend to meet and have a drink.
If you want a premium life, you have to move, but the good news is that by moving — by taking action — you’ll recover the motivation.
Because you find the dopamine rush you’re looking for and start feeling fabulous when you do things.
Believe me. My dog never wants to take a bath, but there’s no one to get him out when I get him in the bathtub. Moral: you only need to start, and the motivation will come.
The professional craftsman mentality
As Cal Newport suggests in his book So Good, They Can’t Ignore You; you don’t need to find your passion for feeling motivated. But be better at what you do.
Humans find beauty, a sense of meaning, and happiness in progress, plus doing things well. Read it again.
That’s the secret of every pro, no matter what profession you name.
I bet you have heard the following quotes thousands of times,
The main difference between a pro and an amateur is that amateurs work when they meet inspiration and are motivated, but pros work every day no matter what.
It’s true, and you now know why: every pro applies the Cal Newport theory about the craftsman mindset. They know action leads you to motivation and that by progressing and getting better at something, you learn to love that something.
So stop being a lazy beard and start getting things done. That’s the fastest way to put your life together and live a premium life.
Where to start?
You can start by asking a few questions.
- Who do you want to be in five years from now?
- How do you become that person? (Make a description of the skills of your future self.)
- What are the three primary skills of your future self?
- Which one can you learn from now until the end of the year?
- What can you do this month to learn this skill?
- And this week?
What are you waiting for? You don’t need motivation; just start moving.
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