Action Absorbs Anxiety

I recently started using a daily planner and journal called the “Self Journal”.  It was recommended to me by one of my mentors, Chris Robinson. He is a sales genius. They have a private Facebook page where others post up examples of how they are using it.  A few weeks ago, one of those examples had this written on the top of the page:

Action Absorbs Anxiety.

I thought it was brilliant – I was looking for the post again so I could give proper credit to her, but could not find it.

Let’s think into this for a moment.

When do you find yourself being the most anxious? When does the feeling of anxiety hit you the hardest? For me, it is when I am doing nothing – I am sitting around hoping things will happen, but not actually doing anything to make them happen. Like somehow, the action fairy will just magically appear and everything will be finished.

That first step is always the hardest, it takes 80% of the energy you will need to complete your goal.  But, once we take it, we get hit up with a big dose of dopamine and you feel great. Your energy level jumps, your mind is filled with positive thoughts, and ideas start pouring in – and guess what happens – there is no room for anxiety, so it has no choice but to go find a different home.

So, when you are feeling anxious or nervous, or have some fear, the only way to break through is to take some action – any action.

What action will you take today?

What do you do when you are punched in the stomach?

The first thing most people do is to gasp for air, take some big breaths, and recover from the initial blow.

Today, I was punched in the stomach. Funny thing is, deep down I knew it was coming, yet, it still hurt more then I care to admit.  Has this ever happened to you?

A very important life lesson I have learned from my wife is to be transparent.  Do not hide your feelings. I am pretty good at hiding my feelings. Especially in business. I am afraid as being seen as weak.

Well today, I am coming clean. Continue reading

Multitasking is a Myth

The more you multitask, the less you actually accomplish, says MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller.

I often hear people brag about their multitasking skills, but Miller’s research isn’t alone; much of the qualified research says that the more you multitask, the less you achieve. On top of a loss of productivity, multitasking is also believed to increase the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, which can over stimulate your brain and cause mental fog or scrambled thinking. Now I understand why I’m always walking around in a fog! Continue reading