For the past several months, I’ve been telling you how to use the Law of Attraction to change your current circumstances and bring your dream life to reality. I’ve hit upon visualization, gratitude, giving, and managing your thoughts. We can meditate and recite affirmations until we’re blue in the face but fate isn’t going to simply deliver our dream life to us on a silver platter while we sit on the sofa watching TV, playing Xbox or PlayStation, or otherwise wasting time! We can make our requests of the Universe, but the Universe isn’t going to move until we do!
This is where Massive Action comes in. To take massive action means doing far more than the average person would do under the same or similar conditions. In fact, it means to go further than anyone would typically expect of you or of anyone else. For example, a person looking for a job may send out 25 resumes. With Massive Action, this same person would send out 250 resumes. In addition to sending out ten times the typical number of resumes, this person would deliver them personally and then call the next day to ask if they could have an interview with the hiring manager!
Tony Robbins, an American author, philanthropist and life coach, brought the term “massive action” into the personal development vernacular. He preaches that the path to success is to take massive, determined action. Massive action isn’t a one-time activity: it’s something that you must do consistently and persistently with progressively increased levels of activity, desire, and effort to help you distinguish yourself from others while building the momentum you need to achieve your goal.
Anyone who has been exposed to Tony Robbins’ material has heard him emphasize the need for massive action. He gives a perfect example from his life: When he decided to become a public speaker, he would give three speeches a day instead of three speeches a week like all the other aspiring speakers did. By doing so, he became an excellent speaker in about a month instead of a year. That is what massive action is all about!
Warren Buffett did not become wealthy by investing the loose change in his pocket. Bill Gates created Microsoft by daring to dream big goals. Walt Disney did not visualize one amusement ride. Olympic athletes do not spend time at the gym casually visiting and half-heartedly doing one or two exercises.
EVERY SUCCESSFUL PERSON TAKES MASSIVE ACTION!
In his book, The 10X Rule, Grant Cardone says that 1) you should set targets for yourself that are 10X greater than what you believe you can achieve and 2) you should take actions that are 10X greater than what you believe are necessary to achieve your goals. The biggest mistake most people make in life is not setting goals high enough. Taking massive action is the only way to fulfill your true potential.
The first step towards massive action is to set and visualize specific, time-based goals. As I mentioned in a prior post, you must place your order with the Universe with the same specificity as you would your order with your local barista! If you wouldn’t accept anything less than a Venti Iced Skinny Hazelnut Macchiato, Sugar-Free Syrup, Extra Shot, Light Ice, No Whip as your drink of choice, why would you settle for an obscure goal of “I want to be rich in 3 years” as your life goal?
Once you’ve set (and written down) your goals, create monthly milestones. Milestones are actions and achievements necessary to make progress toward goals. The best way to keep yourself motivated is by tracking the progress that you’ve made. Start with a one year goal and break it down into 12 monthly milestones. If your goal is to lose 30 pounds in a year, the milestone would be to lose 5 pounds per month for the next 12 months. These milestones give you the opportunity to see what is working and what isn’t so you can make adjustments that will get you closer to the desired goal in the desired time.
From your monthly milestones, create weekly massive action items. This gives you 4 time- bound opportunities to do something towards your monthly milestone that will ultimately get you to your 12 month goal. In our weight loss example, this could be as simple as starting to track your calories each week. It could also be to start walking around the block before dinner 2 times a week. (Massive action is massive by your definition. If it’s outside your comfort zone, then it’s massive to you!)
You can break the weekly massive action items down further into daily to-do-lists and other productivity hacks. Perhaps I’ll blog on that soon.
With the space left, I think It’s more important that I encourage you to pursue your goals but be mindful that while your dream life is ideal, you are presently still here in this life. Time that you could be working on your novel is spent taking the kids to soccer practice. Your boss drops a huge time consuming project in your lap just when you decide to join an after work networking group. Illness and other stressors have a tendency to rear their ugly heads at the exact same time that you get focused on a better you! Life is gonna happen! The only thing that separates successful people from failures in life is their utter refusal to give up!
When you get to the place where you want to throw in the towel, refer back to Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Walt Disney. Each one of these men created an incredible empire for themselves by following a simple formula. They dreamed an audacious goal, visualized that goal, designed a plan to bring that goal to reality, and took the massive action necessary to achieve that goal. If they can do it, so can you!
Thomas Jefferson said “If you want something that you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” What are you willing to do today to show the Universe that you mean business?