Sheri Here –
What? Are you kidding me? Last blog I talked about taking the next indicated step – see Take the Next Indicated Action – now I’m saying take contrary action.
You want me to make up my mind and get my story straight?
Ah, but the two work hand in hand. How do I explain that exactly?
Well sometimes, my brain says NO when I need to say YES, or STOP when I need to say GO. All too often, I’ll find myself in paralysis because I don’t want to do what I know I really, really, really need to do.
For instance, I’ve been doing my best to eat more healthy, maybe you can relate. But the cookies are calling my name. When I start to get a desire to have something, I can reach for a piece of fruit instead of the cookies.
Not having cookies in the house would be best, but I’m not the only one who lives here. I know I can take the contrary action to not pick up the cookies.
I’m also looking to do some public speaking gigs to promote my book and my business; but my mind says STOP, I’m afraid to do public speaking and my heart says YES, I love it. It’s not easy, I’ve got to take the contrary action route which also includes doing the next indicated step, like writing and practicing my speech!
Why Does Contrary Action Matter?
What difference does it make? When I’m trying to reach a goal, many things can get in my way – mostly what’s between my two ears. I can be stopped by procrastination – that was last week’s trick – or self sabotage. That’s when taking the contrary action is important, that IS the next indicated step!
I bet I’m not the only one who is out there with these crazy thoughts in my head. Sometimes having others acknowledge they too have the same thinking gives you the courage to go take the next indicated action even though your fear says NO. Your stepping out and doing it any way is what’s important.
Leave a comment and tell me your most recent instance of not letting the fear or procrastination or self-sabotage stop you. If you’d prefer to chat, go ahead and book a call here and let’s talk.
‘til the next time.
P.S. Taking contrary action takes courage. Feel free to place a call and find an accountability buddy. Book a call here.