If you’re looking for a guaranteed way to make your writing goals happen, you came to the right place
There’s a tool called Massive Action that’s a guaranteed way to make your dreams a reality.
It’s pretty much like rubbing a genie’s lamp, except it requires a lot more elbow grease and patience.
Massive Action is taking action until you get the results you want.
Massive Action does not guarantee ease or quickness, but it does guarantee you’ll eventually see the results you want.
Most of us approach goals like this: we try a few things, take a little bit of action, and then quit because it’s not working. When the inevitable obstacles come up we make them mean we’re failures and aren’t meant to pursue our dream after all.
The sneaky type of work that won’t lead to any real results
Massive Action is action that produces results.
There’s another type of action called Passive Action. It’s the act of consuming information.
Examples of Passive Action include reading a book on a subject, taking a course, doing research, or talking about your future plans.
When paired together, Massive Action and Passive Action are extremely powerful.
But be warned—Passive Action can be a double-edged sword.
Passive action needs Massive Action in order to be effective.
Passive Action by itself is just a fancy form of procrastination.
If you’re only consuming materials but never creating them, you’re not producing any tangible results. The reason Passive Action is so tricky is because it’s still work! It feels like you’re doing something productive.
How many times have you done research for your book in order to avoid the actual writing part of it? That’s Passive Action without Massive Action.
It’s important to be able to identify the difference between these two types of action so you don’t get sucked into the trap of working without creating any real, tangible results.
In order to keep Passive Action in check, challenge yourself to spend an equal amount of time on Massive Action as you do Passive Action. For instance, for every hour you spend on a writing course, spend another hour actually writing and applying to the new concepts you learned.
Massive Action + Passive Action = Highly Efficient and Good Quality Results
Passive Action – Massive Action = Procrastination in Sheep’s Clothing
The 5 Steps of Massive Action
1. Get really specific about the results you want
Almost all goal setting experts preach the importance of settings specific goals with measurable outcomes. For instance, set a goal to write a 100,000 word manuscript instead of setting a goal to be a writer.
Vagueness is a major thief of success. It opens up the opportunity to be confused and unfocused.
If your goal is vague, tweak it until it has a measurable outcome. If you goal is something like “be a writer”, ask yourself questions until you find a measurable result you really want. What does it mean to you to be a writer? To get published? To write consistently for a week straight? To earn $1000 a week from your writing?
Setting specific results will let you know instantly when you’ve achieved your goal. If you haven’t already, check out the post The Missing Piece in Your Writing Dream.
2. Schedule your work time
If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail. When you make a commitment to take Massive Action, it means there’s a lot of hard work ahead of you!
To make sure you get the results you want, you must effectively block out when you’ll sit down to work, work, and then work some more. Don’t leave your work sessions up to when you have time.
Spoil alert—you’ll never have time.
Read my post here for a highly effective way to schedule everything you need to get it all done and then some. Section off your time to create and then guard it with your life!
3. Actually do the work when it’s time
This is the step where Massive Action is put in jeopardy. Steps 1 and 2 are easy because you’re inspired and aren’t required to put in any effort yet.
Sometimes it’s not so easy to “just do it”. Things come up, our schedules get interrupted, or the inevitable “we just don’t feel like it” comes up.
The fact that you must do the work in order for your goal to happen makes sense to all of us intellectually, of course. But when push comes to shove, how do you get yourself to work when you really just don’t want to?
That comes down to managing your mind. Your thoughts create your feelings. Your feelings create your actions. And your actions create your results.
Think positive thoughts. Feel positive feelings. Do positive actions. Create positive results.
The entire blog is based of the concept that your thoughts eventually create your results. Two great posts to check out about how to manage your thoughts in a way that leads to positive action are 2 Steps to Your Writing Breakthrough and How to Write Every Day.
4. Redefine failure
The main reason we don’t pursue the things we really, really want is because we’re scared of the failure that comes when we work towards them.
Did you know that all the tumbles toddlers take when they’re learning to walk is how they actually get the strength the need to walk in the first place? It’s a beautiful, intended cycle. Take a step. Fall. Get back up. Take a step. Fall. Get back up. Without having to push yourself back up, you’ll never develop the muscles you need to achieve your goal.
Massive Action will involve a lot of stumbles, but they’re not failures. If you write something and it gets rejected, that’s not a fail, it’s an obstacle. If you publish an ebook and no one buys it, that’s not a fail, it’s another obstacle.
Get used to the obstacles, because you’ll have more than you could even anticipate.
Expect obstacles. Invite them even. They’re good. They mean you’re trying, learning, and getting stronger.
5. Conquer the urge to quit
Getting to the point where you can see obstacles as good doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of work to identify them and then work through them.
Obstacles are tricky because when you’re in the midst of one it feels all encompassing.
The best way to identify obstacles so you can work through them is to get really honest with yourself when you feel like quitting.
Taking Massive Action towards a goal really sucks a lot of the time. It’s true! You’ll feel scared, inadequate, bored, and even worthless at times.
Quitting will be really tempting because it feels better than trying. If you quit, you no longer have to endure those negative feelings.
But the discomfort of Massive Action is temporary. As you fall and get up, the strength you gain will help to ease some of those bad feelings like doubt and fear.
We don’t like to admit to ourselves when we quit things, so often we’re pretty sneaky about hiding that truth from ourselves. We slowly drift away from something instead of throwing in the towel in one big moment of defeat.
Keep yourself accountable. Create a recurring writing time for yourself. Follow the pre-writing exercise outlined in How to Write Every Day so you can get yourself in that chair and continue to create.
If you’re avoiding even doing that pre-work work, get seriously with yourself for a minute. Take a fresh look at why you set these goals in the first place.
You’re strong enough to work through the discomfort. You’re smart enough to figure out what to do. You’re skilled enough to be a good writer. And you’re brave enough to take Massive Action.
The secret to making your goals a reality is Massive Action.
To recap, the 5 Steps of Massive Action are:
- Set specific goals
- Plan time to work
- Actually do the work
- Redefine failure
- Conquer the urge to quit
What are you taking Massive Action to accomplish? Comment below! I can’t wait to hear what you’re in the midst of creating!