Are you taking action on what you want to get done?
It’s way too easy for us to say we’ll do something….and then not actually follow through on it, am I right?
The secret to taking action probably lies in your “tendency” – as in The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin.
It’s the shizzle when it comes to knowing:
- What motivates you to take action (or not)
- How to get yourself to do what you want
- What you need to do to be more productive
- How you can make better decisions
👉 Rebel: doesn’t do what others tell them to do, or what they tell themselves to do. They’re most likely to do whatever feels right in the moment.
Your Second Step: come back to this blog post and take a look at some super practical ways you can take advantage of your own personal tendency to get yourself motivated and into action mode today!
I talk a LOT about “clarifying your why”, defining your purpose, what’s important to you and what you’re working so hard for…your big picture vision. That’s because it’s a prerequisite to staying motivated, focused and working on the right things each and every day.
Here’s how you can clarify your “why” based on your tendency:
⭐Upholders: No problem, you got this covered because I just told you to do it. Done.
⭐Obligers: Think of your “why” from the perspective of others. How are you serving others? How will others benefit from what you’re working on? What value are you offering the world?
⭐Questioners: When you’re clear about your “why” and purpose, it makes day-to-day decisions easier because you know exactly what you’re working towards and what you want to accomplish. You’ll know if something is worth doing or not. It’s easier to say “no” to things and let certain things go, because you know for certain they don’t align with your big picture goals. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and heartache working on the “wrong” things (those things that don’t help you achieve your goals), and feel excited about what you’re doing in the moment. Is that enough justification for you?
Here’s the best way to hold yourself accountable, based on your tendency:
⭐ Upholders: Just write it down (to-do list).
⭐ Obligers: Tons of things work for you, but first try an accountability partner. Make sure it’s an Upholder so they don’t flake out on you!
⭐ Questioners: Remember why the thing is so important to do, even if you have to think about how your actions will ultimately benefit the greater good.
⭐ Rebels: Find your nay-sayers and prove those jerks wrong!
⭐ Upholders: Start with the smallest possible step. If there’s something you’re stuck on, that you’re confused about or that you’re a little scared to do, just take ONE small step to get it started. Ask yourself what is the EASIEST thing to do, what’s the QUICKEST thing to do today. And remember that “perfection” is a myth and there’s no such thing as “failure” (it’s all a learning experience).
⭐ Obligers: Tell someone else what it is you plan to do. Give them all the details of what it is, why you’re doing it and when you are going to have it done by. Tell them to check in with you, ask you how it’s going and get progress updates from you.
⭐ Questioners: Set a deadline for the analysis and research phase of a project you’re working on. Give yourself a specific and short amount of time to get it done and tell yourself that’s ALL the time you have. Once the time is up, it’s time to move on to the next step (the DOING).
⭐ Rebels: For that thing you know you need to do but are having trouble getting to, give yourself lotsa choice. List 10 ways it could be done. Close your eyes and eeny-meeny-miny-moe it!
⭐ Upholders: What do you want to do most? What are your biggest dreams? Describe in detail the vision you have for your life. And what are you afraid will happen if you achieve that? What are you afraid you’ve got to do to get there?
⭐ Obligers: Why do you always follow through on what other’s expect of you? What are you afraid will happen if you don’t?
⭐ Questioners: What seems to be dragging out for you right now? What do you wish you could let go of?
⭐ Rebels: How do you want to be seen in the world? What impact do you want to have? What do you want to contribute?
⭐ Upholders: Don’t keep doing something that doesn’t make sense anymore. Reevaluate what you’re working on once in awhile and ask yourself if it’s still relevant and useful. No point working on something that’s not going to lead to anything meaningful…it’s just wasted time.
⭐ Obligers: Stop giving all your time to others priorities. You love helping people, and that’s awesome, but make sure you’re leaving time open for what matters to you so you can create the business and life you want.
⭐ Questioners: Look out for analysis-paralysis! Let’s not get stuck in a cycle of information gathering, wondering, questioning and pondering…set a limit on time or on number of sources for your research and then take some action based on what you’ve got.
⭐ Rebels: Why bother putting something off, just because it’s “expected” of you? Who cares what anyone else wants or expects – what do you want? Don’t waste time pushing back on expectations – think about how doing the thing will shape your identity and allow you to express yourself.