Put your hair in a bun, slip on a loincloth (mawashi) and FIGHT! Leave a reply I’ve always had an uncanny ability to make things happen when I truly set my mind to it. My son has it, too – when he wants to. It’s funny how tired he becomes or how much “his ankle hurts” – all of a sudden – when it’s time to do his chores. Yet he can be in the throes of flu-like symptoms and still find energy to make a trip to Game Stop to acquire the latest Xbox One release. Sometimes you really want something. Sometimes it’s a means to an end – you need to do something in order to create what you really want, do what you want to do or feel the way you want to feel. It doesn’t always seem obvious, feel painless or come easy. So what do you do in the times where your heart isn’t in it, your fears are overcoming you or there are perceived obstacles in your way? PREPARATION STEPS Knowing what you want is the key to tapping into the energy source you need to make things happen. What’s the goal? What are you attempting to make happen? This is your dangling carrot. The outcome you want to achieve. The effect you desire. Identifying why you want what you want is the fuel that allows for sustainability. It’s what allows you to focus on your journey. This is the part that keeps you going mentally and spiritually when the going gets tough. It’s the bulls-eye on the target. It’s the glue that holds your efforts together. ACTION STEP The only thing left to do – and the best advice my older brother ever gave me – is to drop your ass and prepare to fight for what you want. In other words, at some point, you have to squat down, use your muscles, thrust upward with power, force and momentum, propel yourself forward and come out swinging. Conjure your inner Sumo! It doesn’t matter what it is. Finally losing the weight. Building that new company. Getting yourself in shape. Saving the money to take that trip. Getting out more. Meeting new people. Buying your dream house. Ending an unhealthy relationship, healing one worth fighting for or opening your heart to a new one. Tackling a bad habit. Wrangling addictive behaviors. Getting a grip on your finances and investments. Heads up! This part will always include overcoming some fear, insecurity or uncertainty – all of which are in your mind – and can only be obliterated through action. I’m convinced there’s nothing more rewarding in life than setting your mind to make something happen, working your ass off and actually seeing it come to fruition. What do you want more than anything else in the coming year? What do you really want to change, accomplish, tackle, overcome, open-up to? Share below. Then drop your ass and make it happen.