Aug 30, 2021
BLOG: I Act in Spite of My Mood- Pillar #3
We are on week 3 of a 12-week series on the Prosperity Pillars and I’m really excited to be able to go through this one. I just love this!
Last time we talked about taking personal responsibility. Now principle number 3 is the difference maker: I act in spite of my mood. I know we all struggle with this and we’re going to cover a strategy and some ideas on how to use this daily.
Bruce Lee said, “The Successful Warrior is the average man with laser-like focus.”
I can't think of someone who may be more disciplined than Bruce Lee. But that is a powerful statement: a successful warrior is the average man with laser-like focus. So let's tie this into this principle of how to act in spite of your mood.
I want you to ask yourself if you are willing to act in spite of your mood. Are you willing to do things whether you feel like it or not?
All of us get up in the morning and we’re tired. You know you might be getting up and saying to yourself:
Guess what? All of us struggle. Everyone struggles! But here's the thing …
You say you want to create your life. You say you want to make a difference. But are your actions telling the story validating what you say you want? Because that's the key. That's the difference.
We always have a difficult time in life. We don't always feel like doing the things we need to do. We don't always feel like we can. You NOT taking action sidetracks your results.
Failure, pain and struggle are a lot worse if you don't take basic control of your actions and act in spite of your mood. Having growth happen is a key.
Stop making it about YOU. Stop making it about your feelings. Maybe it's a relationship. Maybe it's a cause or passion that you have.
You have to stop making it about you and your feelings and you'll see some things move forward in your life!
So here are some specific strategies I use in order to act in spite of my mood. Number one is setting some goals.
With clear direction and focus in your life, it's much easier to act in spite your mood. When we've been able to take time to develop a clear vision of where we're going, it's a lot easier to take action when times are difficult.
MAKE THE COMMITMENT
Second, make the commitment , not just the decision, the commitment every time to ACT in spite of your mood. Make the decision and the commitment that if you're going to get up early and go to the gym, you're going to get up. Make the decision and the commitment! If you set an alarm, get up when the alarm goes off.
Things will begin to change in your life if you do this and there will be a lot of benefits.
THE 5-SECOND RULE
I wanted to give you a couple of other things you might want to try too. Have you heard of the 5-second rule?
There's about a 5-second period of time after which doubt and indecision enters our consciousness. Act within that first 5 seconds. Taking action within that timeframe moves us forward. With any hesitation, longer than 5 seconds, our initiative wanes... You will fail to accomplish the things you want.
Create a power statement. It could be something like:
Create power statements so that when you get to that moment of the 5 second window, you can decide to act in spite of your mood. Or find motivation to do it another way.
To be able to act in spite of your mood is to create a change in you or your state. Whether it's your physical state, your mental state, or your emotional state.
You can use other tools that also help to change your state for action. Maybe you have certain music, books, awesome pictures, or the Daily Mastermind mobile app that helps you get in a state for action.
I'll play certain songs on my ipod or my phone that motivate me to go to the gym. Or I'll use certain pictures and memories that are vivid to specific things to help me. Everyone's different.
So find something that works for you that can help you change your state; your state of mind, your state of physical/mental/emotional well-being. Then when you need it, have those ready. Be prepared.
The last thing I'm going to suggest is to create habits. When discipline and motivation go out the door, habits are there to guide you. These are habits like creating daily rituals that will guide you into creating habits that support you.
It’s so you don't question every time whether or not you’re going to go to the gym. You don't question every night if you're going to read, meditate, or write in your journal. Once you create habits, then you won't have to struggle so much with acting in spite of your mood.
I believe, and I’ll say it again, acting in spite of your mood is a difference-maker. You've got to back up your talk with your actions. And you have to be able to do this on a consistent basis. So whether it's setting goals, making commitments, power statements, or other tools that will change your state and create habits … use them to create long term discipline.
All of these things are critical for you to be successful and to enjoy prosperity in your life! So right now I want you to write down this principle, this is your decision to start.
This will be a very empowering thing for you to do. Follow this principle, and I promise it will spark your true potential.
I believe it's never too late for you to begin living the life you want to remember.
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