Get Off Your Ass

Initiative
Not a damn thing changes until you peel your cheeks off the cushion and take action. Why are you still sitting? Get up. Make shit happen. Now.

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

Become a Master Observer.

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?  

Be Brutally Honest With Numero Uno.

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.

  • Examine the little stuff in your daily routine: Do you wait to be asked before you pitch in?
  • Get real about how you show up in your community: When was the last time you picked up a piece of litter on the street unprompted? Or helped someone in need?
  • `Be honest about how you take care of yourself: Do you get those workouts in if no one is meeting you at the gym? Or how about that list of goals you have been meaning to get to (or write down for that matter)?

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.

Do It Now.

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.

Actions To Take This Week.
  • Every day, pick one thing, large or small that you can take initiative on. You’re only competing against yourself here, so start at the edge of your own comfort zone.
  • Take a picture of the thing that makes you proudest for the week, and post the picture to your profile, along with an explanation of how it proves you belong in the 3rdNut tribe.
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