Welcome to 2018!

I hope you will step into 2018 with courage and excitement.

I hope you will look for opportunities and adventures.

I hope you will let each day be a fresh start.

 

I hope 2018 will be a year of action!

 

Every day we can either take action and make a difference or delay action and see no change. It’s amazing how many little things we talk ourselves out of doing every day because we just don’t feel like it or because we just aren’t in the right mood!

Things like:

  • Washing dishes
  • Taking out the trash
  • Sorting the mail
  • Recycling the newspapers
  • Picking up dirty clothes
  • Hanging up coats
  • Putting away shoes
  • Folding clean clothes
  • Ironing a few shirts
  • Writing a thank you note
  • Paying a bill
  • Returning library books
  • Getting up on time

 

Too often we delay action or wait so long that we react only when it becomes a big mess.

 

Why not decide that 2018 will be a year of action!

 

As Mel Robbins says, we need a “bias toward action!”

And she recommends that we start the moment we wake up!

 

In her best-selling book, The 5 Second Rule, she simply states that we need to reprogram our brains for action. You basically have a window of opportunity—about 5 seconds—before your brain will flood your mind with all kinds of excuses for not doing a particular action. Your mission—should you choose to accept it—is to push yourself consistently to take small actions every day all day long.

 

“Make every day a do day!”  – Mike Vardy

 

The “bias toward action” creates momentum in your life.  The more times you take action, the more times you will see results. And when you see results, you want to take more actions!

 

 

So what does Mel Robbins recommend as the one action that will transform your day?

Get up when your alarm goes off!

Actually she suggests that you set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than usual.

When you hear that alarm, shout out loud—“5—4—3—2—1!”—and jump out of bed!

Get up! Get dressed! Get nourishment! Get moving! Get going with your day!

No excuses. No delays. No regrets. Just actions!

Not exactly the most complicated game plan—but it works!

 

Consider the impact of these 3 words:

 

ANTICIPATE

Do what you can ahead of time; don’t wait until the last minute!

Get gas before your gas tank is empty

Get cash before your wallet is empty

Buy groceries before your refrigerator is empty

Pay bills before the due date

Iron your clothes before you need them

Empty the trash before it is overflowing

Leave 15 minutes early for every event

 

ACT

Do what needs to be done now; don’t let your feelings stop you!

Make your bed every morning

Get dressed into daytime clothes

Drink water throughout the day

Wash the dishes or load the dishwasher after every meal

Sort the mail every day—act on it, file it, or trash it = done

Put away items as you are finished with them

Put excess items into a donation bin

 

ACCOMPLISH

Focus and finish; enjoy little victories!

Write down your #1 task to accomplish each day

View everything else as a distraction until that is accomplished

Focus on one task at a time

Work for 25 minutes & take a 5 minute break & then repeat

Reward yourself for getting things done

 

Those 3 words are easy to remember.

And they create a strategy that can work for anyone.

 

When you don’t know what to do, you can think “anticipate, act, accomplish”!

And when you know what to do, you can say, “5—4—3—2—1” and move into action!

 

“Fire perfectionism and your procrastination will quit too.” – Ann Voskamp

 

What one thing will you do today?

 

Olive Wagar

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Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Charlene Notgrass says:

    Beautiful. True. You’re amazing!

  • Monique says:

    Fablous read! Olive, I love reading your blogs! They are a great motivator! If you can get up and get going in the winter, just imagine what you will do when you actually want to get out of bed!!!

  • Mev says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! I set the alarm on my phone and put it on my dresser across the room, which forces me to get out of bed when it goes off in the morning. I love the feeling of, “Wow! It’s only 7:00 and I’ve already done _____, _____, and _____!” It’s so much better than, “If I had gotten up when I should have, it would only be 7:00 instead of 8:00 right now!”

    • Olive says:

      Yeah for you! I’m not naturally an early riser, so this has been a personal challenge for me, too. But it certainly starts my day with a smile when I shout “5-4-3-2-1-get out of bed, Olive” to which I reply “I can do that!!”

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