Remember the beginning of 2020? It felt like anything was possible as the world headed into the new year. The 10 Year Challenge was trending as people buzzed with excitement at the start of a new decade. People shared selfies captioned with their reflections on the last 10 years, alongside their plans for the next 10. There were New Year’s resolutions galore and the enthusiasm felt contagious.
It took less than three months for all those plans and possibilities to come to a screeching halt as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the globe. Resolutions took a back seat as people grappled with the loss of jobs and separation from family and friends. Many spun their wheels figuring out how to spend all this newfound free time at home.
A year of possibility quickly dissolved. The words “pivot” and “new normal” took over as everyone learned to adapt to the constant changes. “We’re all in this together!” became the battle cry for 2020, carrying the world through what felt like science fiction in real life.
Now it’s the start of another brand new year and we’re almost 10 months into this “new normal.” Have you found a way to adapt to the circumstances or are you still reeling from the shock of 2020? You’re not alone if you still feel like you’re processing last March but you have to find a way to move forward, too.
It might feel like you’re at the mercy of circumstance but that belief is only holding you back. There are still possibilities ahead of you. If you want to make any progress, you need to start taking some massive action in your life. You can achieve the impossible, whatever your circumstances might be. But you need to start living with an action mindset.
What’s an Action Mindset?
Take a moment and think about some of the successful people you look up to. What do these people have in common? How do they approach each day? How do they live their lives? These individuals you respect are most likely living with an action mindset. They don’t just think or talk about the things they want to do – they actually do them.
As Tony Robbins says, “The path to success is to take massive, determined action.”
What does living with an action mindset look like?
- Following through on those great thoughts and ideas you have, instead of letting them live in your head without ever bringing them into the real world
- Taking small but consistent steps and actions every day to get you closer to your goals
- Making informed decisions and asking yourself how saying “Yes” or “No” will affect your overall plan
- Managing your schedule to ensure you don’t have too much or too little going on at once
- Developing mental strength and using mistakes as lessons to learn and grow from, not setbacks to give up over
- Treating yourself and others with kindness and compassion, without veering into self-pity or making excuses
- Spending time with people who share the same positive, encouraging outlook that you have
- Standing up for what is right and speaking the truth, even when it’s hard
- Hanging onto hope while you pursue your goals and dreams, even when it feels impossible to do so
People living with an action mindset are the kinds of people you want to be around. Their energy is contagious and their work ethic is something to strive for. If you need to get something done, these are the people you want on your team.
And this is the type of person you want to be as you head into the new year.
How to Develop an Action Mindset
It’s easy to get work done and chase after your goals when you’re feeling inspired. It’s a different story when you’re feeling a lack of motivation or you’re tired after a long push. You won’t get anything done if you only work while you’re feeling driven, though. Do you think Steve Jobs took it easy every time he wasn’t quite “feeling it”? You know he didn’t.
Living with an action mindset pushes you through both the high and low points of your work. It carries you through the days when it feels like you’re never going to be successful. When living with an action mindset you know things will work out in the end so it’s easier to push through those difficult days. How can you develop an action mindset?
Visualize the End Result
What does it look like when you’ve completed your goals? How do you feel at the end result of your hard work? Start by visualizing what your life will look after you’ve completed your goals.
Stop Waiting for the “Right Time”
There’s an old saying, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The “right time” doesn’t exist. Stop waiting for the stars to align and start TODAY.