Jumpstart Your Initiative, You Have Waited Long Enough

We all have a desire to "make a difference"; to make improvements in our lives (may be even others lives). Yet, for a various reasons, when it comes to taking initiative many people face a magnitude of challenges.

I bet you already have what it takes to get yourself moving, but chances are there are some barriers that are inhibiting your progress. Given below are some worthy points on intensifying your initiative, from the book, Personal Brilliance, Mastering the Everyday Habits that Create a Lifetime of Success.

You don’t have to be inspired to begin

It’s a common belief that you have to be inspired about a project or idea to get it going. Of course, being inspired can help a lot. Inspiration and initiative are a little like the controversy over whether the chicken or the egg comes first! Do you agree?

Give yourself permission to move forward

If you know that you have a good idea or a plan that will work, give yourself permission to move forward with the plan. Waiting for others to join you in your initiative can slow the wheels of innovation and drag out the process. As you build momentum, others will naturally want to jump on board.

Meaningful motivators feed initiative

If you don’t have a good reason to accomplish a particular goal, you probably won’t do it. Compelling reasons are the fuel that initiative needs to grow and thrive.
What are your compelling reasons?

Shorten the time line between your idea and your first action step

Many people have the tendency to put off that first step in favor of conducting more research, increasing their education, and basically trying to learn everything they need to know before they begin.
If toddlers viewed the idea of standing up and walking the way many adults approach
taking a first step, most people would still be crawling!

Live by your word

People who accomplish what they set out to do, keep their word to themselves and to others. Make a firm commitment to yourself that you will keep your promises, no matter what.
The only permissible exception is your being truly too sick to get out of bed. Without living by such a strict standard, our lives can become a series of justifications and rationalizations.

Is initiative something you struggle with as well? Or does it come naturally?

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positively present said...

I love this post! There are so many great ideas in it, but I particularly like the idea of "you don't have to be inspired to begin." A lot of the time we're waiting for inspiration (see Gwen Stefani's "What Are You Waiting For?" music video) when we actually might become inspired if we just dive into the work first. Sure, being inspired first is a great motivator, but it's not worth it to waste time sitting around waiting for it to happen.

Alex said...

Awwwsome post

really cool ideas. applicable too.

i don't think it's a dogmatic "you must or else" thing though. i know ample successful people who don't do some of these. i know some successful people who do none of these.

the main thing is that you love what you're doing and know why you're doing it.

inspiring stuff allround though.

stumbled. hopefully brings some traffic your way

keep well and in touch
alex - unleash reality

Shawanda said...

I have a friend who's overwhelmed with the thought of drastically changing her diet. Many people, when faced with too many choices, choose to do nothing. I'm no exception. I have to force myself to do something, anything. It works. Some times you just have to get started, even if you don't have a plan.

I used to listen to this podcast called Motivation to Move. From time to time, I recall a quote the podcaster, Scott Smith, repeated everyday - "Get up. Take a step. Repeat."

It got me moving.

Giovanna Garcia said...

What I take away from this post is, whatever we want to do? We have to get started first! We can sit around to wait for something to happen, we have to get up and get start ourself!
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Robin said...

Hi there Shamelle - I think its so true that waiting for inspiration can take forever. I know that if I force myself to start something, I become more inspired about it as I go along (of course this applies to something that I basically fet inspired about in the first place). Cheers - R

Mark said...

Very good advice. Action often creates passion and desire. We need to let go of excuses and take action no matter how small it may be at first.

Mark Foo | TheBigDreamer.com said...

Great advice, Shamelle. They're short, simple, yet very practical.

I'd like to share 2 of my favourite quotes that realy kicked my butt and got me to start taking actions.

"You don't have to get it right, you just have to get it going!" - Mike Litman

"You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great." - Les Brown



Oscar - freestylemind said...

"Is initiative something you struggle with as weel? Or does it come naturally?"

I may struggle with it at first, but then initiative will come naturally for me.

Miz said...

I LOVE LOVE the notion of NOT having to be inspired to begin.

to just BEGIN!!

AJ said...

I have always believed in taking the first step. I totally agree with this. Just do it. :) All you gotta do is to start. Everything comes in later. :)

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