Where I live there are bound to be guys in flip flops and baggy pants with a hoodie pulled over their heads, hands shoved in their pockets and shoulders hugged up around their ears peering out at the waves. If I find them still pressed up against the railing on my return route, I think, You know you want to, and wonder, How committed are you to your goal of surfing?
Falter Between Thinking about Doing Something and Taking Action
Of course, I believe in planning if that’s your style—deciding if the waves are worth going after and the best point of entry or plot planning your novel. However, where the analytical interferes with creativity and action is when it becomes a wall rather than a springboard. Because, until you dive in the water or sit in front of the page, tangible progress languishes.
In other words, the longer your mind spins the more time you squander and the more likely you’ll talk yourself out of it — surfing, writing, painting — or put off action for another day.
Align Your Thoughts and Actions with Your Goals
As I write in Boundless Creativity: A Spiritual Workbook for Overcoming Self-Doubt, Emotional Traps, and Other Creative Blocks when your energy — thoughts AND actions — align with your goals, the greater your chances at success.
Assess How Committed You are to Your Goals
For an idea of your commitment to your goals, intentions, or resolutions, at the end of each day, assess how in line your thoughts and actions were with your goals.
- 100% single-minded focused on taking steps and moving closer to my goals
- Devoted a set amount of time to physically moving forward in pursuit of my goal and most of my attention throughout the day
- No action today but I gave my goal a lot of thought and attention
- Forgot all about my goal
Key to Terms
Thought is Mental
Action is Physical
How Committed Are You to Your Goals?
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