What stifles initiation? That is something I have been pondering for some time. Now, I don’t want to confuse motivation with initiation. We can all be motivated to do something.
I am motivated to workout every time I notice I’m getting a little flabby in the midsection. Of course, being motivated isn’t enough to do much about it. I dont get off the scale and go for a run immediately. Usually, I do little things like eat smaller meals for a few days or extend the walk the dogs and I take. Results are limited. I have taken corrective action but I haven’t been motivated enough to completely change my habits.
That is where the question of initiative comes in. What has to happen to take that next step. How do you go from telling yourself, “I really need to do something about X” to saying “This is what I am doing about X”?
I’ve wanted to take control of my career for years. I have been successful and I continue to grow. What I haven’t done is grab the bull by the horns and drive myself where I want to be. I have been very fortunate to work with people who saw my strengths and helped me find success in positions that would be mutually beneficial for myself and them. Could I have defined what those positions would be prior to having them? Absolutely not.
What does all of this mean? It means I am taking the first step. After years of doing what others thought I should be doing I am going out on my own. I am negotiating what is best for me and not what is best fo others.
The plan is not to be selfish but to be selfless as I move forward. I know quite a few people who have followed the same path I have for the last few years. I will work to help others. I will work to help people who have had the same realization I have take that first step.
It isn’t enough to be motivated to do something. It takes guts and determination to take initiative. Make it happen.