Motivation or Action?5 min read

A lot of times when I’m out, people come up to me and say, “Hey coach, what’s that attitude, action, results all about anyways?” I tell them it’s really simple. Attitude, have the right mindset. Action, do the right things. You’ll get the results. It’s as simple as that, however, for today’s conversation, let’s go a little bit further. Attitude is all about how you show up each and every day. In the morning, our only job is to get crystal clear on to get on our A game so we can show up in that manner. If you’re waking up, brushing your teeth, having a cup of coffee and dashing out to the business world without getting set, you’re like a warrior going out to battle with no armor, at some point those arrows are going to come flying, and they just may pierce you.

Think of yourself as an actor. The actor studies the script, they get set by acting out the script, lights, camera action, let’s go. Spend your morning, getting crystal clear on how you’re going to show up. When you get crystal clear and you’re on your A game, boom, you’ll know exactly what steps to take. Action, as long as you have a plan, as long as you have action steps and strategies documented, you just follow the plan. Take the proper action and you will get the results.

Let’s look at this another way. People ask what comes first, motivation or action, action or motivation. Many people think that, I have to get motivated to take the action. Not necessarily. Let’s put that back to the attitude and action. Attitude, as long as we’re on our A game, and we do whatever it takes to get there, and there’s many ways of getting there, and we have a plan, we’re going to know exactly what action to take and we will get the results.

However, we’re human. Let’s say we’re off our A game. Our attitude isn’t on. Maybe, we had something happen with our family that gave us tremendous anxiety. We had something happen in our business that came totally out of blue, totally 100% unexpected, and dented us a little bit and we’re off our game.
Worst yet, let’s say you’re totally 100% stuck and in a funk. What happens then? Do we wait to get motivated? Sometimes no. Sometimes we just need to take the action. Action first. Make a phone call that you’ve been putting off. Call a client and say, “Thank you very much for being a great client.” Talk to a family member. Let them know how much you love them. Go out in your office and talk to your employees, ask them questions, have a productive conversation, let them know how happy you are to have them on your team.

Let’s say there’s something on your to-do list, for whatever reason you are avoiding or procrastinating on. Do it. Taking that action will create momentum. It’ll make you feel good that you checked that off your list. You’ve been procrastinating on it and you got it done. That will give you a new sense of enthusiasm. That will give you momentum, and then it will take you closer back to your attitude of who you are.

Another thing you can do is, you can create some funk busters. If you’re in a funk, what’s your funk busters? What’s all the things you love to do to get you out of the funk? Whether it’s going to the gym and getting a great workout, whether it’s to go scuba diving, or skydiving, or taking a walk in the park, or just hanging out with your family, whatever it is that gets you in a zone that makes you feel great, those are your funk busters. Get clear on those and do more of it.

Realize, sometimes our attitude is right. We’re on our A game because we’ve done everything to get there. We take the proper actions, we’re in the zone, and we get the results. When we’re off our A game, don’t wait for somebody or someone outside yourself to motivate you to finally take the action. Find a way. Take the action, create that accomplishment, and rewarding yourself with the results will give you your momentum back.

A perfect example, back in 2000, when the .com bubble hit and the market got whacked, as a financial advisor, I wasn’t having a whole heck of a lot of fun. That’s where the realization of attitude action results actually came from because I realized, the things I can’t control, forget about it. Focus on what you can control. When it came to action, all I had to do is pick up the phone and call a client or call a prospect. I actually had it on my phone as a reminder, if in doubt, pick up the phone. That was it. I kept it really simple. By picking up the phone and talking to people, it got my attitude right because I felt like I was delivering value. I was answering their questions. I was bringing a source of calmness to their frustration and anxiety.

Remember, attitude, always do whatever you need to do to get on your A game day in and day out. If, for whatever reason, you’re off your A game, think of some type of action you can take to create the momentum to get back to where you need to be.

COACH MICHAEL DILL is an Award-Winning Certified Business Coach, global speaker, and published author. He is a proud Action Coach Franchise partner as well as the President of Power & Ice Wealth Creation a strategic leadership company that works with business owners, leaders, teams, and entrepreneurs to both develop a systematized and structured organization while accelerating their mindset, efficiencies, and effectiveness to grow both personally and professionally to achieve extraordinary results. He brings more than 40 years of business and entrepreneurial experience in his leadership, team training, and mentoring practice.