Peak Performance Episode 53 – Forget Inspiration and Take Action!

Inspiration is a word that gets thrown around a lot.  It could be an inspiring book, a motivational speaker, a great conversation with a friend, or a good idea.  The problem is, most of the time, inspiration does not cause lasting behavior change.  At best, it most often causes brief feelings of motivation and drive.  Then we’re usually back to the same old behaviors.  It’s fine to feel inspired.  We all need that from time to time.  But if your feelings of inspiration don’t cause you to take any action and change some habits, what good was it?

In our study and practice of peak performance, we have learned that there is absolutely no way around the self discipline, focus, and hard work that is needed to create lasting change.  So rather than looking for things that inspire you, look for things that will actually cause you to take massive action.  This doesn’t mean that the hard work and self discipline need to make you miserable.  Working on something that is meaningful to us is one of the most enjoyable things you can undertake.

We have found that instead of inspiration, we need to put our efforts into vision and goals.  If you truly want to be a peak performer, you need a clear vision of where you’re going, clear cut goals and action steps, self discipline, accountability, and an outstanding work ethic.  Moreover, we need to always be learning.  Read the books.  Attend the seminars.  Talk with experts.  Be a life long learner.  Just understand that the learning itself is not enough.  It is knowledge in combination with action and discipline that makes a real peak performer.  We often feel that if we read the book, we actually did something.  This is simply not true.

No more excuses.  Remember, motivation and inspiration are an internal event, not an external one.  If you are lacking in internal motivation, you need to find a way to get it.  That’s something that nobody can do for you.  You have to do that for yourself.  So just decide that things are going to be different then go and make it happen.  We’ll see you at the top!

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