Get Off Your Ass
Ambition and desire are like kindling: critical if you want to get a blaze going, but really just lifeless wood until something comes along to ignite them. That igniting spark is initiative.
As a 3rdNut tribe member, initiative should course through your veins like blood itself, as consistent and undeniable as gravity, the sun rising, or Tom Cruise playing the self-assure hero.
“Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.” – Victor Hugo
The first step toward mastering initiative is to establish a habit of noticing what needs to be done. Take stock of what’s happening around you, with an eye toward how YOU can make a difference. If you’re just getting the hang of this whole initiative thing, you might need to start with the basics: using the gym membership you signed up for but haven’t used, finally cleaning out that overflowing junk drawer, or calling a lonely grandparent you haven’t spoken to in months. For those champion 3rdNutters looking to really flex their Schwarzenegger-size initiative muscles, look at the bigger picture. What problem, large or small, do you see in your community? In your life?
It’s said that how you do anything is how you do everything. So continue your pursuit of this week’s Proof by taking a cold, unforgiving look at your daily habits.
Feeling a bit uncomfortable after you’ve done this assessment? Hot damn! You’re in luck – that’s where change begins. Now start looking for opportunities to do something without being asked. And then, instead of thinking about doing it, pause your Netflix binge and take care of business.
And this is the kicker. Don’t wait to make a plan about how you’re going to take initiative. Just start. 3rdNut tribe members know that there is no time like the present. In fact the present is all we’re ever guaranteed to have. Make this a rule in your house, tattoo it on your arm (fake tattoos or a Sharpee will do the trick), and kick your self-starting, proactive engines into high gear.