Tomorrow is the first of May. One month before June.
Why is this significant?
June is halfway through the year. Thirty days from now, we’ll be in the sixth month of 2007. Are you the kind of person who gets to June and thinks, “Ohmigod, the year is half over – I haven’t even done anything with my goals or my word of the year!” ? If so, here’s your chance to do something empowering. You can get in on May’s Take-Action Challenge.
I get lots of emails and phone calls from readers of my blog. Their questions and concerns are often about where to begin. Where do you begin when you realize that you have so much to work on? Where do you begin when your business is in disarray and you’re tired? Where do you begin when your emotions keep sabotaging your progress? Where do you begin when you recognize that your health is out of balance?
Where to begin:
1 – You pick one thing. Your ego will hate this part. Your ego wants it all done now or doesn’t want to bother trying. Ignore that voice. Just pick one thing. It doesn’t matter what it is. The process – not just the end result – is what teaches you and grows you.
2 – You set the intent. Find a way to state your desire. Know what you want. Create an affirmation to use throughout the month. Get as clear about this intent as you can. What will it feel like to have this goal complete? What overall purpose does it have? In what way will the completion of it help you be happier or more centered or wealthier?
3 – After that, you take action. Taking action tells the universe (or your subconscious or your doubting voices), “…and I mean it!” The action is the seal. The action brings confidence.
When I first began in my songwriting career, I never admitted to anyone that I was a songwriter. I didn’t want them to say, “Oh yea? Prove it!” So, I hedged. I used phrases like “kind of,” “sort of,” “well, not that this could ever happen, but…” Then I found this quote from explorer W.H. Murray —
Until one is committed there is the chance to draw back; always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would not otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have dreamed would come his way.
I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.”
I posted this quote on my music room wall. Then, I started to act. I changed my language. I began telling people “I’m a songwriter.” And I started writing everyday no matter what. Slowly, a career grew. And even more important, so did I.
Get some grace
The truest part of Murray’s statement is the part that says, “…then providence moves too.” Some would call this grace. Some would call it Law of Attraction. I don’t care what you call it. It’s the truth. My first gig was in a trashy bar. Someone stuffed a hundred dollar bill into my tip jar as he was leaving and said, “Keep doing this!” That was grace. (After having minimum wage jobs, that was a lot of money to me!) It has been a constant in my career, too. From guitar endorsement deals to people sending me audible.com gift certificates to thank me for blogging, (thank you right back!) I’ve had lots of synchronicities show up in my life just because I took action.
Of course, you’ll have ego voices telling you all the usual ego messages like “you’ll never pull this off” and “there’s just too much to do here.” But that’s why we do things to trick the ego. The next post will show you the very best way to do that.
In the meantime, your assignment – should you choose to accept it – is to pick one or two (more than two is a bit much if you’re new to this) goals to complete in May.
p.s. Joe Vitale wrote an inspiring little blog post about the power of action. Read it here.
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