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There are moments in life when you need to get a massive amount of work done and you need to do it fast. You need to take action, and not just ordinary action; massive action.
Like when you need to finish writing your book because the deadline is four weeks away, and honestly, you’ve barely even started typing. Yikes. It’s time for massive action. Or when you need to generate an extra 5K in the next five days so you can handle a big unexpected bill that just came up, like car repairs or house repairs. And you need to create that money now.
I’m sure you’ve been in situations like this before. I know I have. Sometimes, intense deadlines can light a fire under your ass and help you accomplish more that you ever dreamed possible. So, peeps, today’s episode is all about massive action.
We’re going to discuss how to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks fast, how to move mountains when you really need to do it, how to dig deep, shatter the blocks in your way, and just get it done. You need to take massive action.
Are you ready? Keep listening I’ve got a few tips to share with you to help you become uber-productive in those high-stakes moments, when time is running out and finishing is crucial and failure is just not an option. Hello, massive action, massive results, and massive pride and relief when you get it done. Here we go…
We’re starting with a segment that I call your Two-Minute Pep-Talk; a dose of positivity, motivation, and smart ideas to get your week started off right.
Can you remember a time in your life when you got a ridiculous amount of work done incredibly quickly because you had to? So, in my own life, usually a couple of times a year, something’s going to pop up where I’ve just got to get it done.
Earlier this year, we decided, for my BARE Daily membership community that we would create 52 videos so that, every Monday, I could drop a fresh video in there that had to do with a theme of the week. And so, we were filming a documentary at the end of last year and we just had a lot of projects going on, and we kept pushing that to the backburner.
And finally, Brandon, my videographer who works for the agency was like, “Listen, we’ve got to get it done.” And so, we just had to block off multiple days and power though it. And I was so happy and relieved when I did because now, I have all this fresh video content episodes that I could just drop in there every Monday and engage my audience in a way that’s new and different.
So, for all of you listening, maybe back in college, you goofed off all semester long and then the night before it was due you pulled an all-nighter, banged out a genius paper, scored an A-plus. A last-minute miracle.
My son, Ryan, is the king of these last-minute miracles and has created several during his high school years. Or you know that fluttery giddy feeling you get at the very beginning of a new relationship? You’re seeing someone new you can’t stop thinking about them. They text you asking if they can see you tonight. And you have like 12 hours of work to do, yet somehow miraculously you complete everything in four hours because you’re so motivated to see that hottie for dinner tonight.
Zig Ziglar once said, “Isn’t it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before a vacation?” It’s so true. I talk about that all the time. I have a set business hours schedule that has a lot of constraint in it for that very reason. Because I know, if I give myself too much time, I’m going to take it.
So, it’s just amazing how much we can get done before a hot date. My point is, I’m sure you’ve experienced this in the past where you get tons of work done, either because you really wanted to or because you just had to.
You have this ability. And the ability is to take massive action. You’ve done it before. You can do it again, whenever you need to. But how? How do you tap into this superpower on command? Well, I have a few pointers on this. Number one, first you’ve got to tell yourself high-quality thoughts.
And this might be a tough-love thought, not a sparkly positive cheerful thought. But here’s what I tell myself when I need to take massive action, “I committed to doing this, so I’m doing it. It will feel so good to finish this. I am going to astonish myself today. I want this money in my bank account. You’re going to feel so proud when you’re done.”
Number two, clear all distractions. People, this is crucial; phone turned off, kids handled and out of sight. If you’re allowing yourself to be interrupted a zillion times an hour by your partner, kids, pets, the FedEx guy, the noisy next-door neighbors, your phone, your social media feed, I promise you, you will not be able to take massive action.
Massive actions require massive focus. This is the moment to close your door and lock it, put on your headphones, and go into your hermit cave. Researchers at the University of California Irvine did a study on how distractions impact your workday and here’s what they found.
When you are in a creative flow state, every single time you get interrupted, it takes you an average of 25 minutes to get focused again and reenter your flow state. 25 minutes. You lose so much precious time. There’s a writer named Blake Throne who sums it up like this, “That 30 seconds to check twitter isn’t just 30 seconds down the drain. It’s 25 minutes and 30 seconds.”
Holy crap. Do you have 25 minutes to spare numerous times a day? No, you do not. You’ve got to block out distractions. This is a non-negotiable. Do whatever it takes. You may have to set a boundary with your family and let them know, “I need to be left alone for the next three hours. Do not disturb me unless the house is burning down. And even then, call 911 and leave me the hell alone.”
I’m joking, but not really. I mean, I’ve raised my kids with, like, “Hey, listen, unless something is on fire or someone’s bleeding, you better not come in here with your nonsense.” And I also have a hilarious story about painters being in the house and me giving them that speech and I had chili boiling over on the stove and they were scared to interrupt me. But they thankfully did.
Number three, delegate everything you possibly can. Clear distractions and clear tasks off your plate too. Groceries, meal delivery, laundry, house cleaning, delegate all this stuff to somebody else. And if you’re thinking, “But I can’t ask my partner to do all that stuff,” I would argue, sure you can. Why not?
A true partnership means supporting your partner when they need help. So, tell them, “I need extra help for the next five days so I can hit this book deadline. I need to completely clear my day so I can focus on this project 200%.” Have a conversation about what you really need. Maybe your partner will pitch in with household stuff or the kids will help, or maybe you’ll have to hire outside help. But one way or another, you can find a way.
Number four, make it pleasurable. Taking massive action doesn’t need to be a marathon of misery. It can be pleasurable, y’all. Create a beautiful workspace, light candles, play your favorite music. This is the moment to immerse yourself in pleasure and get that dopamine flowing. Because, like I’ve mentioned 1000 times on previous episodes, dopamine helps you focus, concentrate, and stay motivated. So, pleasure actually makes you more productive, not less so.
So, I actually have a client right now who just messaged me that she really didn’t believe me about all this pleasure stuff. And she kind of – it was almost like Paint by Numbers. She was like, “What does Susan have going on? Okay, she had candles. She has fresh flowers. She has linen napkins. I’m going to order all that.” And she was like, “Oh my god, I had my highest revenue-earning month ever.” Y’all, pleasure saves lives.
Okay, number five, lastly, move your body. Take breaks, walk, dance, move your body. I know you might be thinking, “But I need to keep working. I don’t have time for a break.” But trust me on this. If you’ve got exactly 120 minutes to get work done and you start with 20 minutes of physical movement, then the next 100 minutes will be way more productive.
Move around, get fresh oxygen pumping through your body and brain. It will make a massive difference. I have started because I have now turned into my 80-something future self where I walk around my yard and garden and inspect all my flowers. I am so much more productive than I even ever was, and I was already pretty productive. Doing that a couple of times a day, y’all, I’m telling you it works.
Alright, to recap, when you need to take massive action and get a ridiculous amount of work done quickly, number one, you have to tell yourself high-quality thoughts. Number two, clear all distractions. Number three delegate everything you possibly can. Number four, make it pleasurable. Number five, move your body.
Alright, real talk, you should be doing these five things all the time, every single workday, not just in those moments when you need to take supermassive action, but especially because you’ve got a big goal and a big time crunch. Those five things will really help you out.
What’s something you need to take massive action on this week? Decide what it is, go all in. Tap into your unstoppable spirit and get that shit done. Focus on how amazingly proud, relieved, and joyful you will feel once it’s done-zo.
Do it because you need to, because you want to, or maybe a little bit of both. Oh yes, you can. Pep-talk complete.
Now, we’re moving into the part of the show where I give shoutouts to you; shoutouts to listeners, clients, all the wonderful people in my business community. And today, I want to give a shoutout to somebody with the username SonGif.
So, SonGif gave me a five-star iTunes review and says, “Susan is a motivational powerhouse with great insights and tips. I love her juicy personality. Rock on, Susan.” Well, you rock on, SonGif. Thank you for that.
And hey, if you have something to say about this show, please let us know. Post a five-star iTunes review about the show or post something on social media and you might hear your name on a future episode. I’m also starting to send people surprises in the mail who leave me reviews, so you never know, you might get snail-mail from me too. Thanks for the love. I love you right back.
Alright, quickly one more thing for today. So, in order to take massive action, you need 100% concentration. You need to bring your full undivided attention to the task in front of you. You can’t be sipping a smoothie, replying to texts, half-watching Gilmore Girls, checking a few emails, laughing at gifs from your friends, feeding your toddler, and taking massive action on your project all at once. It just don’t work like that.
You need to concentrate with laser-sharp focus. Concentration is like a muscle. If you’re not accustomed to concentrating intensely, then your muscles might be a little weak and it’s hard to concentrate. So, how can you strengthen your concentration muscles?
Well, not surprisingly, research suggests that meditating is a great way to tone up those muscles. This is something I’m working on, y’all. Research from UCLA shows that meditation can build brain tissue around areas of the brain associated with attention.
So, in other words, meditation can be used to train your brain to focus better. It’s like weightlifting for your brain cells. Find a form of meditation that appeals to you, so seated meditation, walking meditation, or a meditative task like cooking, doing a puzzle, painting or coloring, or something physical like jogging or cycling totally counts too.
The key is engaging your mind in one task with total focus and no distractions. I think this is why I love my Peloton so much, honestly. Practice a few minutes every day, bringing your undivided attention to one task at a time. And that’s how you’ll strengthen those concentration muscles.
These days, undivided attention is very rare and a precious thing, when you build this level of attention to a task, any task, it’s astonishing what happens next.
Thank you for listening to today’s episode. Do you need to take massive action this week to generate money quickly, hit a deadline, serve your clients, deliver something you promised to them, or something else? Head into the Rich Coach Club Facebook group and share how you’re going to take massive action this week. What’s your plan, boo?
And if you have any tips of your own on how to clear distractions and concentrate intensely, by all means, please post and share. All your fellow coaches will hugely appreciate this. Thank you for listening, I hope this episode made a difference in your day and I will see you next week.
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