Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Banish Inertia and Seize Your Life Once and For All With Two Simple Action Steps

The inertia cycle is like hitting the gas and spinning your wheels in the mud; you won't make it out without a push. We all get stuck, making the same resolutions for years instead of completing them! Luckily, once you get the momentum rolling it's just as easy to burst into kinetic action. I read the two tips below in Wake Up and Live and they've been immensely helpful in forcing- as we often must- the will power to work my ass off. I'm so excited to work it's hard to sleep! I hope they help you to accomplish the big goals in life you've been putting off, too.

My insane, ambitious A Beautiful Mind-skitzo-rambling Project To-Do Lists & mind-dumps. Need white boards...

Tip 1: Act As if Failure is Impossible

We only have so many heart beats in our life; stress will snuff you out like a candle, it wears on your body and psyche. It would make sense that evolutionarily, our body would have less momentum under stressful situations to conserve precious energy. Negative thoughts make you less likely to start work- who wants to apply themselves when failure seems inevitable?

Do This: Don't pretend you've already hit success, just work at whatever the day's tasks is as if you won't fail at your ultimate goal. It works!

Tip 2: Work Until You Feel Exhausted Every Single Day. Really, Really, Apply Yourself.

This is the big one. Mental change is important, and so is actually working. Most people are not truly applying 100% of themselves to their goals every single day. Just one hour of hard application is better than a whole day of half-assed effort.

Do This: Write a detailed set of action-steps for every work day and set a timer for accomplishing each one. You may think you're applying yourself but when you really track your time you'll be surprised at how much time was wasted on non-vital tasks, loafing on social media or getting sucked into a show that's supposed to be playing in the background.

Sometimes we need simple, common-sense reminders to get us back on track. These two simple action steps are the big ones you need to get our of the painful inertia slump. Exercise that will power and work as hard as you possibly can and monetary and spiritual rewards will come your way. Truly going the distance is its own reward that can't be beat.

What do you do when work and stress is driving you nuts and you can't go on? Do share in the comments.
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20 comments:

  1. Cute image to illustrate your great tips. Btw, I'm stopping by from the Etsy Blog Team. :D

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    1. Thanks Kristin, always trying hard to improve on photos. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Lab guy is definitely a star in this post - brings back bad memories of science class though :)

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    1. I loved science class so it's all happy memories for me. You meant to post this on zee previous post though? haha

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  3. Lists! A list always puts things in perspective.
    Thank you for admiring my gingham frock-I'm pretty sure I need another dozen of them! X

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    1. Hell yes to lists! I have many, gonna update with my latest batch and progress with my old one this week :)

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  4. Pesky show in the background, it's so true what you say. My momentum has stalled a little with my son starting school this term, it's been hard to find the new flow. Time to push, push through Trudie.

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    1. I can't imagine the struggle to stay ahead with kids in tow, good luck getting the momentum going again. I'm so bad with shows in the background, I switch to music if something I'm watching is getting too distracting.

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  5. Brain dumps! Just write everything down and then figure out what you can actually do. Even as I type this, I snicker, because it's soooo much easier said than done.

    A timer works wonders for me. I try to time even fun work so I can have time to focus on being active (running).

    I love Tip #2. I just feel better when I go to bed knowing that I've worked.

    -Lana

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    1. I love brain dumps and do them as often as possible. Wish I had an office with a huge white board for working them out! And yep, I'm feeling much less tortured now that I'm putting my all into work again.

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  6. What a fun and resourceful blog you have! I like and abide by these tips. I've found that as we age, we go one of two ways -- either we get busier and more accomplished or we get lazier and fade away. Facing mortality is a strong motivator.

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    1. I've noticed the same. I think of my mortality often, like you said, definitely a strong motivator. We only have a short time on this earth to accomplish dreams, better use it well! Thanks for the comment :)

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  7. Inspiring post Van. I've been a 'victim' of inertia lately myself. Especially in the mornings I'm spending more and more time waking up with my coffee and having a hard time feeling motivated. I feel inspired today though after reading this.

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    1. Glad it inspired you! These tips really helped me. I can't wait to finish reading my motivational books and sharing more tips from them but for now..can't do it if I'm busy working ;)

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