But people are always preaching that we should take massive action to achieve our goals… (I think I’ve even done this before…)
Whilst taking massive action IS effective and a great thing to do, it isn’t always the best approach. In fact, it’s NOT the best approach.
There’s another mindset you can adopt to increase the likelihood of you taking ANY action at all and nudging yourself in the direction you need to go in.
What’s that mindset? It’s taking ONE action…
What’s the ONE thing you can do right now that will take you in the direction you need to go. That ONE thing is far more important than thinking about the bazillion other things you need to do after you’ve completed it.
Just get ONE thing done at a time since that’s all we can do anyway.
There’s an even deeper hidden danger that lies within the “massive action” mindset. I think it’s the main hazard that stops people taking any action and reaping any results. The idea of taking massive action is HUGE in our minds, it’s a gigantic task to set ourselves and because of its appearance to us mentally we become OVERWHELMED!
Overwhelm is the number one killer of action taking. What creates overwhelm? Too much information. Too much on your to-do lists. Too much training. Much too much, much too young… Oh wait, that’s just a song lyric!
But seriously, the idea of taking massive action leads to vast feelings of overwhelm that cause people to procrastinate and take NO action. By utilising the “ONE thing” mindset we can avoid overwhelm.
What’s the big deal? It’s just one thing, I can knock that out in an afternoon… (Is what you should be thinking about your one thing tasks).
The reality is you have just as much to do, however, you’re giving yourself the mental space and capacity to actually take action effectively, without succumbing to overwhelm or procrastination.
By doing the one thing you CAN do right now, you begin to point yourself in the direction of success. One thing leads to the next thing, and then the next thing, and so on, until eventually you’ve reached the finish line WITHOUT kicking and screaming or losing the plot completely.
Also, even if you DO take massive action, there’s no guarantee on how long your energy and enthusiasm is going to last. Taking massive action for a day or so most likely isn’t going to create the traction you need for success. You’ll get a spike in short term results or productivity, and then things will “regress to the mean”, meaning things will go back to how they were before.
That doesn’t sound good does it? Wouldn’t you rather enjoy the process and route to success? Doesn’t taking things one step a time seem logical, easier and more manageable? I certainly think so!
Wrapping things up…
Overall, the “massive action” mindset has some serious flaws. It can lead to overwhelm and procrastination pretty fast, OR, it can give you the false impression that you’ve done enough to create results so you stop taking action after a short while.
Using the “one thing” mindset you can focus on the one thing that you CAN do right now that will take you closer to success. Then, once you’ve completed that one thing you move onto the next “one thing” you can do. Simple right?
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