Act Before You Think

I know what you’re thinking and no, it’s not a typo, this post is titled act before you think. We have all heard the original saying stating the opposite but I think in some situations you must act before you think or else your thoughts will influence your actions in a negative way.

Have you have had to make a bad phone call, I mean the one you loath to make but have to?  Ever scheduled a meeting with someone you didn’t want to and felt completely awkward the entire time leading up to the meeting to find out that it wasn’t that bad after all?  Personally I hate these moments, talking to people I don’t know isn’t easy, especially if my mind is trying to think about every conceivable outcome.  So what do I do?  I don’t think about it, I believe I excel in these situations if I’m not thinking about it and just do it.

When we step outside our comfort zone it can be very scary, you don’t know what to expect, your hands are clammy, you get gassy and your thoughts are racing.  But nine times out of ten it isn’t half as bad as we think it is, our thoughts make it to be worse than it actually is.  So trust your instinct and act before you think.

Benefits:

  1. Your gut instinct is usually right, let it be your guide through this awkward situation.
  2. Every time you step out of your comfort zone you grow, you learn, you adapt in ways you never could have within your comfort zone.
  3. Every time you step out of your comfort zone it gets easier and easier.

So get out there and take advantage of those situations that you avoided at all costs, it is in those moments that we grow the most.  To some it all up I think the Lulu Lemon bag says it best; “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

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