Where do you get stopped?
Or, are you unstoppable? I am certain there are situations that you excel at, where nothing stops you from success. Surely being unstoppable is not about wearing a bullet proof vest or stomping on the gas pedal to move ahead faster. What is being unstoppable then and how can we reinforce that element that supports our forward movement?
Tommy Newberry said that the most important element of being unstoppable is to give up any and all thoughts of retreat or surrender.
Sometimes we experience a malaise. It creeps up on us and slowly we lose the motivation and discipline to get done what needs doing. We might say, “I don’t have enough time to do that” or “I’m bored, so, later.” Or even, “It’s not really worth it.”I am not meaning that our life and mission are wrong however simply our actions are wrong and tie us in knots.
So we end up in a rut that drags us off course in the race we intend to win. We sink in deeper and become mired in the mud of misery. That’s about as far from unstoppable as one can get and it’s a human condition we are all subject to in varying degrees.
We end up in the mud by letting slide on our commitment and discipline to our goal. This doesn’t happen all at once but neither did your thoughts of retreat or surrender show up all at once. Little by little you allow thoughts of weakness or surrender to pull you into the muck.
How can you give up all thoughts of weakness, retreat or surrender and get back to unstoppable?
I’m glad you asked. Stopping, looking for excuses and retreating allow us to get caught in stinking thinking. So while the following suggestions are not a panacea for stinking thinking they have helped many of my clients return to being formidable. Take a look and see if they offer you a way out of the muck.
- Get Moving. Tony Robbins, know to be somewhat unstoppable says Motion leads to Emotion. Get your blood flowing by moving, exercising, sweating.
- Return to Purpose. Are you spending most of your time pursuing what you want to accomplish or have you taken the easy, softer detour?
- Delegate. Do you try to do everything yourself? You may be a wunderkid and yet most of us keep things on our list when we really don’t do them very well at all. It overwhelms and exhausts us. Delegate these where you can or ask for help from those you know are experts.
- Find gratitude/Help someone else to spark gratitude. Sometimes we get ‘too close to the action” and forget just how lucky we are. We have this day to create a bright future. Get some distance from yourself by creating a list of things you are grateful for or even better, help someone else, it creates more gratitude in the world!
- Exorcise Your Demons. Seth Godin has spoken about our Lizard Brain and the resistance it generates. “The lizard brain only wants to eat and be safe. The lizard brain cares what everyone else thinks, because status in the tribe is essential to its survival. The lizard brain is not merely a concept. It’s real, and it’s living on the top of your spine, fighting for your survival. But, of course, survival and success are not the same thing. The lizard brain is the reason you’re afraid, the reason you don’t do all you can. It is the source of your resistance.” So find a way to acknowledge it and then move past it.
- Create Something. We are the ultimate consumers and consuming is a behavior that helps us avoid uncomfortable feelings. Acknowlege the avoidance and go create something instead. A hobby or journaling may set you free.
Try these at various times to see if they cut off the ways you sabotage yourself. Being unstoppable is really about going after the life of your dreams – a Vital Life. Ask us how to become unstoppable.
Your Reset Reminder of the Day: When you are feeling stuck, look at the shortcuts you are taking to escape. Creates the way forward and be unstoppable.
Have a Vital Day!