How many times have you heard someone speaking about “doing”, or read an article about shipping product frequently. The simple act of doing is incredibly powerful; you have to do in order to gain a result, right?
What about the thinking part?
Unless you work for someone else that does all the thinking and feeds you instructions like a computer or drone, we have to think about something before we do it right?
But as we gain more experience, read more articles, listen to podcasts, read books and the many other ways we can consume content we begin to see what results can happen by the simple act of doing, more specifically, the results other people are receiving after their act of doing.
Thinking like “Someone wrote this book, sold a couple hundred thousand copies and now I know about them” can actually be a form of mental poison.
Let me explain:
If you’re like me, as I’ve gained experience, professional and other wise, I’ve begun not only thinking about the “do”, but also the potential net result.
Using this article as an example, if I hadn’t forced myself to stop thinking in the shower this morning the thought process would have went something like this:
If I write this article and do it well some people may actually enjoy reading and share it in their networks. I can reach out to blogger, x, y and z, and they will like it and share it with their readers.
At this point I would usually start getting excited, let’s continue:
Some how my article would find its way to people looking for speakers, and I could get a call to speak or do interviews, maybe have my article picked up and put in Foundr magazine or the Wall Street Journal, what about Forbes, and then they’ll want me for the cover.
This would be amazing!
You see, if I had went through the normal thinking process many of us do I would have not only thought about an article and its content, I would have dreamed of the best possible, most unrealistic result and would find individual satisfaction from it.
Satisfaction from the thought, not the act of doing.
You see the mind is exceptionally powerful, it knows what we are craving, what we need to continue moving forward. In many cases it’s a form of satisfaction that helps us get through our day. After a while, subconsciously, you can find it easier to mentally have satisfaction instead of real satisfaction as a result of your efforts.
This is something I’ve struggled with for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized what was happening. Why did I start doing less, or, why am I not reaching the level of success that I know I’m capable of.
Many of us fall into the “Thinking Trap”.
When I was in grade school I found one small mental trick that seemed to help turn my thoughts into actual success. One tiny thought that would over-ride most, if not all, of the negatives that come with thinking about success without actually doing anything.
It’s when I stopped doing this trick that I found myself not achieving the results I know I was capable of.
Do you want to know what this trick is?
Let me share it with you:
First, when you find yourself going through the normal process of thinking of an idea or something to “do”, then move to thinking about the desired result, try stopping yourself from going all the way through the result. If you’re not able to that’s okay, but remember, the farther you get into the satisfaction the harder it is to pull it back enough to make yourself “do” something.
Second, when I’m thinking of doing something, and start moving into thinking about the result, I’ll let myself get a short ways in and stop and think, “That will never happen”.
This is the trick, stop and think, “That will never happen”.
Now you’re probably asking yourself why I would advise dialing back the positive and ending with a negative:
Personally I believe you can do anything you put your mind too. The only barriers to individual success are the ones we put in place for ourselves. Or more accurately, what we do to ourselves.
Mentally thinking through the desired result gives you satisfaction. If you dial that satisfaction back with one small phrase, “that will never happen”, you take back that artificial satisfaction and replace it with a roadmap.
The roadmap is your idea, followed by actionable steps (remember those great results) to achieve your goal.
Now don’t dwell on the “that will never happen” phrase. We don’t want to get stuck in self-doubt (remember, we know we can do anything we put our mind too). This is simply a trick I’ve found that when said immediately following a grand idea helps bring you back to reality and now you can actually “do” something to achieve a result.
Time will tell if it’s the grand result you dreamed of, but I can tell you with out question, the simple act of doing will get you closer to your goals than thinking about them.
Now get out of the shower, say that’ll never happen, smile, and go DO SOMETHING!