Shut Up And Do

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

-Walt Disney

Every day I sit down (or stand up) to write, I feel the same inner force urging me on. This force motivates me to want to help those of you that struggle with improving your life. Maybe it’s your eating or exercise habits, or it could be your unfulfilling work that you want to change. Perhaps it’s that business you want to start. Whatever it is, I’m motivated to get you moving forward.

I always think of this “stuck-ness” when I write. I find myself trying to find a series of words that will hopefully motivate you to take action to improve your situation.  Sometimes the words flow, and I feel confident that my message will do good. Other times, I have not the slightest clue if my message is going to be effective or not.

But that’s okay.

As long as I keep working like a pro, I will reach those of you in different ways, at different times. And this keeps me going.

So here I am: again trying to figure out what to say to you that will get you to take action to make your life better. What I usually recommend now is for you to take a small action step towards something you want to accomplish. Today, I want to take this a step further.

This is what I want you to do:

  1. Write up a list of the 10 smallest steps you can take towards a specific goal.
  2. Print that list out and tape it to your mirror or fridge.
  3. Commit to completing one of those steps every day.
  4. If you do this for 10 days, you’ll be amazed how momentum is working in your favor. You’ll be amazed by what you’re getting done.

Try this for 10 days. Do it for yourself. Don’t brush it off as a ‘good idea’ or something you will do later on. Do it now.

After you successfully complete this 10-day mini challenge,  you can repeat the process again towards the same goal or to another. After a few tries, you’ll have developed the template for achieving anything you set your mind to. Then, your mind will change; you’ll see the world through a different set of lens. Your view of anything will become: “What are the steps to get there?” From then on, when you commit to something, you’ll just follow those steps.

Even the grandest goals are attainable if you break them down into their smaller parts. And that’s exactly what you must do.


-Colin Stuckert