Do It, and You Will Feel Like Doing It

This question came in from a Success 2.0 Webcast

“I’m in the Insurance field and not doing as well as I expected and I could blame it on a lot of different things but they would all in some way point back at me. I’m great with people, I always put my clients first, but there are days that I simply don’t want to get out of bed and take on that daily struggle to make that happen. My question is, have you ever been in that situation and, if so, how do you over come it?”  Thank You, Tommy

Tommy, I guess this makes you normal!  Dad has a couple of quotes that really hit home with this one.  “Logic will not change an emotion, but action will,” and, “Do it, and you will feel like doing it.”  Not very complicated I know, but still it is true.

Here is a quick tip for you – plan the next day before you go to bed at night.  Make sure you have your morning detailed out and your priority list in order.  As you write this out, envision exactly how you want the day to go.  Then, when your opportunity clock goes off in the morning, start working your plan right away.  Don’t hesitate or procrastinate, just start doing.  The act of doing will then create the motivation to keep doing.

When Dad put this tip in action his career took off!  He made an appointment (with himself) to be knocking on a prospects “door” everyday at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  You will find that when you commit to action, and then follow through, your results will go through the roof!

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5 Comments on “Do It, and You Will Feel Like Doing It”

  1. James Says:

    Must be why Nike’s marketing slogan “Just do it!” has been so successful. It cuts through all of the excuses for not working out or doing sports, which most of us face when we need to “lose a few pounds”. I used this “technique” back in the day when I was a family therapist and seeing chronically depressed people. It’s not magic, but it does bypass the statement, “I don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning in order to (fill in the blank)”. Don’t wait to “feel like it”. Just do it.

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  3. Shalini Says:

    The best thing I liked was that ‘plan your day well in advance.’ When we run the next day once before going to sleep, it makes it much easier for us to go through it.

  4. Rip Walker Says:

    Good advice, we all go through periods where we wonder if there is more. I used to ask myself,”Is this all there is?” Life sometimes begins to drag. We sometimes need to get re-motivated.

    As suggested, we need to take action. At least take action to move forward to what you want. Is there more to achieve at your current position? We all like to have more money, but it’s not everything. What about mentoring someone? Coaching? Going into another business? Is there a forgotten hobby that you could go back to?

    Change can be tough, but it may be necessary to fulfill ourselves.

    I wish you the best of luck and hang in there!

    Rip Walker

  5. Hi Tom,

    Great advice. Seems like there are a few good ways to make this work for you. One night, I visualized myself jumping out of bed the first time the alarm rang. Next morning the first thing I did without even thinking was jump out of bed. Lots of people do this don’t need alarm clocks.

    Creating a list or having priorities set out for a day seems to be the greatest motivator though. If you wake up in the morning and think of all the stuff that HAS to get done today you’re motivated to get up. If you don’t have anything in mind, it’s easier to lay in bed and pretend it’s a holiday.

    Have a good one!

    Clinton Skakun

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