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There is growing evidence-based research supporting what we’ve known since old testament times. I've also seen it in my coaching practice and as an executive in the workplace.
Positive Action regardless of how you feel in the moment produces excellent
results in life.
scientific evidence sometimes takes a while to catch up with what we know to be
Sometimes even if you have a super-strong purpose, the 'why' behind what you do, the motivation to get it done is just not there on some days for various reasons. This is the time to focus on the right actions regardless of how you feel.
The key word is "action" rather than giving in to negative feelings when going after an important goal. Focus on the right actions instead of emotions when you are unmotivated. Have the faith to do the right things you know are best regardless of how you feel in the moment.
Let's look at an example of what I am talking about.
If I only did what I felt
like doing last year, I would have run once or twice a week instead of the over
300 times I ran in 2021.
Another example: I write almost daily in one form to another to help others. If I wrote only when I felt like writing, I would probably write once a week or about four times a month instead of 20 or more days a month.
Like everyone else, I have areas in life where I am not so consistent, and the results are not nearly as good. I continue to work on those areas with compassion (not beating myself up) and a sense of self-discipline to get off the couch because I know I can do much better.
You need to give yourself a break for not being perfect while maintaining an attitude of "I am still going to get better" by choosing to do the right action rather than give in to the wrong feelings or mood. Once you make the right move, usually good feelings follow.
What a life lesson this is for all of us. I've seen this repeatedly in my coaching practice when people learn to take that first step out the door regardless of feelings (unless you are sick, injured, etc.). Your mood changes for good, saying, "I'm glad I got that workout today."
You get the idea. Positive actions produce sound and consistently good results regardless of how you feel emotionally or what your mood is like each day. This statement has nothing new; it's been around for thousands of years in one form or another.
However, today’s research validates countering negative feelings by taking positive action. Common sense tells us the same thing.
Positive action is more effective than just opposing negative emotions with positive thinking.
Positive thinking is good in many ways. However, the value of positive thinking is not as great unless it translates into positive action, regardless of how you feel at the time.
Try taking positive action today instead of giving in to negative feelings and thinking.
As the Nike slogan says, just do it; don't overthink what you know you should do right now for your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
The choice of champions is the self-discipline of acting on what you know is good for you despite how you feel.
Sometimes the most challenging part of doing something we know is good for us is taking that first step out the door. You are good once you motivate yourself to take that first step.
Take that first step out the door and watch your mood change for the better😊
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