Fear of Taking Action
(How To Make Taking Action EASIER)
Here’s our biggest obstacle that stands in our way between us and our goals.
It’s the fear of taking action.
Think about it. We know exactly what we need to do to reach our goals, but we don’t do it.
We would rather spend time reading books and overthinking about our plan to reach a goal.
But that’s all unnecessary.
At all times we know EXACTLY what we need to do to achieve what we want.
But we hide away from it. We pretend like we don’t know what we need to do, and we do it for one reason only…
We do it to avoid taking action.
We do everything in our power to avoid taking action because we’re afraid.
We’re TRULY scared of taking action and what it might result in.
But what does it even mean to take action, why is it important and how can we make it easier?
I’ll answer all these questions in this post.
The Importance of Taking Action
If you’re 100% content with EVERYTHING in your life, there’s absolutely no reason for you to take action.
And even then, after about a week or so, you’ll want to take action.
There will be a new mountain top in your sight.
There will be something else that you’ll want to accomplish.
There’ll be a new barrier you’ll want to overcome.
We, humans, are programmed to keep on building, creating and climbing new mountain tops.
If we don’t have our sight on a mountain top and if we don’t take action towards it, we become unhappy.
In fact, I’m positive that 99.99% of all unhappiness is caused due to one of 2 things:
- Not having a mountain top,
- Not taking action.
What Is NOT Action Taking
Taking action is walking the walk and not talking the talk.
We often say we’re going to do something, we share it with everyone and we’re excited for it to happen. But it never does.
See, the more you talk about doing something, the smaller the chances of you actually doing it.
Here’s what happens when you talk about doing something.
You get a dopamine boost. You FEEL LIKE you’re already doing it when you’re merely just sitting around and talking about it.
You’re tricking your brain into thinking you’re taking the necessary steps when you really aren’t.
Now that we covered a common misconception about taking action, let’s talk about what it really means.
What Does It Mean to Take Action
Think of action taking like a bridge.
Imagine 2 mountains.
The one on the left is your current life situation, the one on the right is your desired life situation.
Think of every single action you take towards your goal/desired life situation as a single step on the bridge.
The more steps that you take on the bridge, the closer you’ll be to your goal.
Taking these steps will seem scary at times.
Most of the time you’ll only be able to look at the next step.
And as you make the step, the next one will appear, and the next one. So on and so forth.
It’s important to know that you DON’T HAVE TO figure everything out beforehand.
You only need to do one thing, and that is to take the first step.
As soon as you take the first step, you’ll know how to take the next one.
Don’t THINK, JUST DO. You’ll learn everything along the way.
Why We Fear Taking Action
While taking action might sound fun, we all know what it’s really like.
Taking action is hard, it’s painful and frustrating.
Taking action is like jumping from a cliff or skydiving.
You want to do it, but at the same time, you’re scared for your life.
But why is it so scary to take action?
It’s because of our minds.
We ALWAYS overthink situations and we always undermine our performance.
We often think we won’t able to successfully complete the task at hand.
We often think we’ll run into problems we won’t be able to solve.
And that frustrates us to the point that causes us fear and anxiety.
Fortunately, there’s a way to minimize the fear and make action taking a lot more enjoyable.
How To Make Taking Action Easier
I found myself procrastinating on difficult tasks, because of one of these reasons:
- I was afraid of failure.
- I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to solve the problem.
- I was afraid the absolute worst would happen.
But then I took another approach. One that has been working really well.
As a natural overthinker, I found a way to trick my logical mind into believing that even if I were to fail nothing bad can actually happen.
I do this by asking these 3 questions when I find myself procrastinating on a difficult task.
- Why don’t I want to do it?
- What’s the worst that could happen?
- What will I do if the worst happens?
By answering these 3 questions for any difficult task, you’ll find that it’ll get much easier and enjoyable to take action.
By answering these questions you’re taking away the fear of failure.
There’s NO Difference Between Success Or Failure
What is the real difference between success and failure?
Maybe we can define success as getting what you want.
Maybe we can define failure as not getting what you want.
But REAL success isn’t getting what you want…
Rather it’s the obstacles you face on your way to your goal.
REAL success is all the things you learn from taking action.
On your way you’ll face problems, you’ll solve some and fail at solving the others.
These problems are the definition of action taking.
These problems are what makes you grow.
The problems that get in the way of you and your goal are the ultimate prize.
That’s what is going to transform you into a person able of climbing BIG MOUNTAIN TOPS.