5 Habits That Inspire Action
Develop goals that inspire
We aren’t going to be inspired by other people’s goals or ideals. We’re always more motivated by what we find important than by trying to please other people. Developing habits that inspire action are easier when our goals align with our own values and beliefs.
Set goals that inspire you to take action
Seek Inspiration Regularly
Let’s face it, we usually need a good deal of inspiration to motivate us forward toward a goal. We can lose momentum when we don’t feel supported or we seem to fail even when we work really hard.
Life’s discouragements are one of our biggest roadblocks. It’s essential that we get in the habit of keeping ourselves fed with the things that inspire us the most and remember:
- We can get disheartened when our hope is hanging on by a thread. Especially if we keep trying to do all the right things but we are still met with failure. However, failure always comes before success.
- Most successful people have failed hundreds of times before succeeding. You will rarely find a great success story that wasn’t filled with a lot of hardship. If you keep getting knocked down, just keep getting up.
- When we’re successful we should pay it forward by helping others who need encouragement and support. Are we really successful if we don’t use our resources and experiences to help make life better for others too?
Success means something different to each of us, so we should stay true to our own definition of success and not be led by the masses – or we could get lost.
Put more time into “doing” and less time into “planning”
Planning is important because it’s a road map to where we want to go. But consider these three things:
- We may be thinking too much.
- A tell-all sign is we keep planning but never put our time into action.
- Even small steps can eventually get us where we want to go. Get in the habit of taking at least one or two small steps every week toward a goal.
It’s important to know who we are and to be aware of our good and bad habits, and how they affect our lives.
For instance, each personality type has their own set of strengths and weaknesses. It can be beneficial to understand ourselves – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
When we improve our lives, we are put in a position to improve the lives of others. There is always a trickle-effect in motion with everything we do and say – we have the power to help or the power to hurt.
It can be frustrating when someone tells us to just think positive. Of course, we should think positive, but it’s not always that simple.
There are a lot of different circumstances in each of our lives. We all have different personalities, values, ideals, and experiences. We’re also dealing with issues that can include mounting disappointments, weariness, health, financial, and relational problems and so on and so on. So, with that said … it is unlikely someone else is going to completely understand our position.
Since we are not always going to be met with the understanding we might deserve, we need to focus our thoughts on more positive issues. It really can help to count our blessings and focus on them more than the negative things in our lives.
However, we are sometimes going through extremely tough times and thinking positively doesn’t feel like an option. So what do we do?
- We need to give ourselves permission to grieve when we need to grieve and heal when we need to heal.
- We should seek as much encouragement and help as we can and avoid letting others add to our burdens.
- We should remember the hard times and how it feels to despair so when we’re successful (and it’s only a matter of time) we are motivated to help others without hesitation or judgment.
There’s not really such a thing as “self-made.” Successful people had help along the way, even if they think they didn’t.
Bottom line? Talk positively to ourselves (and others) instead of talking down.
How long does it take to change a habit?
According to a study conducted by the European Journal of Social Psychology, most of us will need more than 21 days to change a habit. Based on their study, this range can be anywhere between 18 and 254 days. They found the median time to be approximately 66 days.
What does this information tell us?
There is not really a guaranteed set time for changing habits so don’t give up too early! The best way to change our habits is through incremental reinforcement.
European Journal of Social Psychology