If you’re having trouble getting inspired, it may be simply your choice of verbs. Here are 5 action verbs that can help get you inspired and get you through a plateau.
We’ve all been stuck in that place where things just don’t seem to go forward. We have trouble getting motivated and our goals seem either out of reach, or too weak. In short, we are uninspired! Master motivator Tony Robbins tells us that it’s not that people are lazy, it’s that most people have weak, or as he puts it, impotent goals.
Some peak performance experts will tell you that you have to have a good attitude in order to improve your performance. I would agree with that, but it’s not always that easy. It’s hard to set aggressive goals and get inspired to achieve them when your mindset is not right.
If your mind is not ready to embrace more exciting goals, then change will be at best, difficult. In fact, if you’re not ready for it, then it will be hard to conquer even small challenges. If you can’t take on small challenges, then it’s going to be impossible to change your performance to the degree you’d ultimately like.
To that end, I recommend using action to inspire yourself and create change. In effect, we’re placing the cart before the horse here, and forcing our attitude to match our actions. If you shake things up by taking action first, you’ll get your mind ready to create and pursue more exciting goals.
Below are 5 inspiring action verbs that you can use to shake things up and get yourself mentally ready to take on new challenges. If you use these techniques, even in small ways, you will naturally find yourself on the road to change. Change leads to bigger and better goals. Bigger and better goals lead to accepting greater challenges… and so on, and so on.
1. Give – Give to a charity, why not take part in a charity spin or organise one to give something back.
2. Learn – Learn something new about performance. Read about biomechanics, stretching or even psychological skills like doing our online Going In The Zone course. Why learning works… learning something new develops your nervous system and makes you think in ways you’ve never thought before.
3. Change – Change your routine, take a different route in training, change your training plan or change what you normally eat. Why it works… change begets change. If you want a big change, start by making a small change.
4. Participate – Participate in community activities, or join a club. Why it works… participation requires social interaction and creativity, both of which will stimulate and inspire. You will also learn more and find out about events that may catch your imagination.
5. Write – Keep a training diary, write a blog about your training and challenges. Why it works… writing means that you have a record of your progress or gives you an opportunity to inspire others.
Each time you perform one of these inspiring actions, take several minutes to feel good about it. You want your attitude to catch up to your actions. Also make sure that you enjoy the process, knowing that what you are doing is good for you and those around you as well.
Sometimes, just the exercise of reviewing these action verbs will be inspiration enough to get you thinking of what you could do to change your performance. I hope you enjoy using these inspiring action verbs to change your mental state and improve your motivation. I’m sure that now you can think of some on your own. Remember, though, nothing happens without taking action!