Motivated to Action

by Bill Mansell on August 18, 2009 | Articles

Action! It’s the most powerful word in the English language. Planning is important; positive belief is critical; preparation makes a difference. But, without the follow-through principle of action, nothing happens — nothing!!

This concept is simple, but sometimes, not so easy to implement. Have you ever had a time in your life when you just couldn’t get motivated? You knew what you wanted to do, you had the desire, but you just couldn’t motivate yourself to take the first step. When your get-up-and-go has gone and you find it difficult to get motivated to take action, consider this — you may be going about it all wrong.

Experts in the field of human motivation tell us that instead of waiting until we are motivated to take action, we need to reverse the process and take action to get motivated.

Nothing makes us feel enthusiastic like acting enthusiastic. Nothing inspires creativity like getting started on a new project. Nothing gives us the energy to move ahead like taking that first step, and then the next. Your emotions take their clues from your actions, not the other way around.

Many lack motivation because of fear: fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of too much success, fear of what others might think, fear, fear, fear. It can leave us paralyzed and ineffective. What is the cure for fear? ACTION! If you are afraid of rejection, contact more people. If you fear ridicule, make your presentation dynamic and audacious. If you worry about failure, take action that will move you toward success. The truth is, most of the things we worry about never come to pass. So why worry? Instead, take decisive action to cure your worry and overcome fear!

So, next time you just don’t feel like it, do it anyway. Few things are as bad as we imagine they will be if we will simply jump in with both feet, pretending that we can’t wait to get started. Pretty soon you will feel like it. Shakespeare said it like this, “assume a virtue if you have it not.” In other words, if you want to be happy, try acting happy. If you need energy, act as if you have barrels full! If you want to feel motivated, take motivated action. Ham it up! Make it fun. Without a doubt, your feelings will follow your actions and pretty soon your actions will help you feel truly motivated. Try it!

Bill Mansell is president of MindPerk, Inc., one of the web's largest resources for self improvement and business training. A dynamic speaker and success coach, Bill is the author of a weekly blog titled, One Minute Motivators. Bill helps companies and organizations inspire and motivate their team members to consistently achieve more. His contagious enthusiasm has helped people from all walks of life to reach and exceed their goals.

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john February 13, 2013

Great article it is so true that sometimes you must take action to jump start your motivation


Chuck Rosas October 8, 2012

Excellent Article! Almost sad how true it is; however, I have a 91 year old friend who has been a successful business man all of his life. Now, he lives for the recliner and can’t stand it. He would like to start up again to be engaged and for the social contact, but has a lot of inertia to overcome ie “What’s the use, an old man like me starting up in business again”. I encourage him (even to the point of being harsh…quit self pityying all over yourself…ouch!) positively only now, and will be sure to share your article with him. Thanks Bill, Chuck Rosas


Daniel Soule October 5, 2012

Motivation is over-rated. Just make a plan and stick with it. Eventually, the gift of neuroplasticity will take over. Thanks for the post.


Hugh McKenzy August 10, 2011

Thank you for the outstanding posts


John Willis May 4, 2011

Wow this information is great! Thanks, this has helped me a lot!


Gary William December 29, 2010

I have been monitoring MindPerk, being a lurker for some time now. I elected that I will get involved and communicate with the users here. I’m hoping to meet plenty of stimulating people and learn some outstanding stuff.



Valaguru Nehru August 23, 2009

Excellent. Simple but gives so much motivation to act.


bill perry August 20, 2009

Great and true comments. Always good to be reminded.


Brian M August 20, 2009

Absolutely right; the message couldn’t be simpler and more true.


Carolyn August 18, 2009

Thanks!! Great reminder to Just Do It.


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