Action is the antidote
Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates!
Remember when you were a kid and whined that you were SO BORED?
I do, and I also recall my mom’s response: go outside and do something.
Granted, those were the pre-cell phone days when a kid could literally be out playing until the street lights came on, but the gist of my mom’s message is still spot-on: if you’re not happy about your current situation, don’t complain; do something about it.
Yet there is a myriad of reasons why we don’t:
It’s not a “good time.”
Things aren’t that bad.
We don’t want to rock the boat.
So instead, we choose to exist in a suboptimal state of acceptance/denial.
Friends, that’s no way to live — or have a fulfilling career.
If you’re feeling stuck…
If you’re scared or unsure…
If you don’t like your environment…
I have good news: Action is the antidote.
Taking action is empowering.
Passively sitting around complaining keeps you in a vicious cycle of inertia, making you feel like a helpless victim of external forces. But taking action shifts your mindset into one where you’re making progress, envisioning the positive possibilities, and more easily welcoming new outcomes.
To grow, you need courage; courage requires taking action.
Sad but true: There is no growth in the status quo. If you’d like to progress in your career, sooner or later, you need to break out of your comfort zone. Challenging yourself to leave your cocoon helps you stretch your wings and gain new skills, experience, and confidence.
Action begets more action—and success.
When you use awareness to make action an intentional habit, you train yourself to continue to take action. Over time, those small changes in behavior creatively shake things up and breathe new life into old methods and routines. And combined with focused action, that newfound clarity will bring you something even better: success.
The truth is that small steps taken consistently over time add up to big changes.
But remember: nothing changes if you don’t take action.
Hey, do you know what else is considered by most to be boring?
The three most valuable things for building your career.
In my latest Forbes article, I share why you should embrace the “power trifecta” of clarity, consistency, and discipline.
P.S. When I’m not writing this newsletter or fighting boredom by taking action, I’m a social media ghostwriter. (Yep, that’s a thing). I help founders, entrepreneurs, and CXOs craft their stories to communicate and connect better by magnifying their reach and impact. (Think personal branding and thought leadership.) Learn more here.
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