Get The Action Habit
The point is clear. People that get things done in this world don’t wait for the spirit to move them; they move the spirit.
Try these two exercises:
- Use the mechanical way to accomplish simple but sometimes unpleasant business and household chores. Rather than think about the unpleasant features of the task, jump right in and get going without a lot of deliberation.
- Next, use the mechanical way to create ideas, map out plans, solve problems and do other work that requires top mental performance. Rather than wait for the spirit to move you, sit down and move your spirit.
Here’s a special technique guaranteed to help you. Use a pencil and paper. A simple five-cent pencil is the greatest concentration tool money can buy. If I had to choose between an ultra-fancy, deeply carpeted, beautifully decorated, sound-proof office and the other, the pencil and paper. I’d choose the pencil and paper every time. With a pencil and paper you can tie your mind to a problem.
~ David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big, (1959)