How To Actually Get Things Done
Updated: Jan 10
Motivation is for suckers - don’t try and get motivated this year, it won’t last, trust me.
All those guru’s who try to motivate you, I’m sorry to say, they have been selling you a dud.
Motivation WILL NOT save you – the quicker you learn that, the better off you’ll be!
It's no wonder research suggests only 8% of people will follow through on goals they set in January!
The problem with motivation is that it is based on your ‘feelings’ and you can’t always control how you feel – but you do have quite a lot of control over what you actually do!
If you’re waiting ‘to feel like it’, sorry to break it to you, but you’re probably not going to be very productive.
The flip side to motivation though is ‘WILL POWER’.
'WILL POWER' is about getting things done even when you don’t feel like it – that’s the secret ingredient you’ve been missing. That's it, nothing more, nothing less.
There is a science to it – but I won’t get into that here.
All you need to know is the relationship (and the difference) between motivation and will power.
Notably, remember this:
“The higher your level of motivation, the lower the ‘will power’ required, which also means that the lower your level of motivation, the greater the ‘will power’ required..”
Mustering the will to act unfortunately requires effort – the bigger the perceived task, the greater the effort required – it’s simple physics (every action requires an equal and opposite reaction and all that).
That’s why big new years resolutions don’t stick.
That’s why setting big lofty goals doesn’t work.
That’s why those big dreams of yours are doomed to fail!
The greater the perceived challenge, the more likely you are to wilt, to give up, to throw in the proverbial towel!
So what’s the solution?
Think small! That’s right: Think mini-resolutions, mini-habits, mini-tasks, mini-goals; and the smaller the better!
Can’t be bothered going to the gym?
Then at least get yourself off the couch and changed into your gym clothes – it’s not exactly what you wanted to achieve, but it’s a start and the hardest part is starting!
Do that every single time, before you know it, you’ll start figuring that you’re already in your gym clothes, you may as well workout.
The biggest challenge is in going from ‘doing nothing’ to 'doing something' – the greatest resistance is always felt when trying to get started, so this is what you need to overcome first.
The word ‘resolution’ stems from the words ‘to resolve’ – meaning, if you need a resolution, you’ve left things ‘unresolved’ – why do you think that is?
You’re only able to really let go and move forward once you’ve given yourself that sense of resolution – it’s important, otherwise you’ll always feel stuck - you'll feel like you're on a merry-go-round that you can't seem to get off.
So start – Now. Don’t think about it, just start.
If you’re sitting down, just stand up.
If you want to work out and can’t be bothered, just do one push up.
If you want to read a book that you haven’t started, just pick it up and read the first sentence.
The smaller the challenge, the less motivation you need and more importantly, the less resistance you’ll need to overcome (i.e. less will power required).
The point is to keep at it, to be consistent, that’s the key.
It starts with intention and eventually, if you keep at it long enough, it becomes habit.
If you don’t believe me, just try – I’m not really sure what you’re waiting for? No-one is going to give you permission, you'll have to do this one yourself!