“It’s better than nothing” might not be.
Sometimes better than nothing is more damaging than nothing.
Nothing is empty and eventually creates a Vacuum.
See what I did there?
Zero action = nothing.
Nothing creates a vacuum that sucks and magnifies the lack of action aka the “nothing”.
The suckiness of the vacuum eventually leads to rock bottom.
Rock bottom, if it’s doing its job, inspires powerful action.
Presto change o, nothing has sparked something and that something has the potential to change everything.
You’re obese so three times a month you go for a walk during which your heart rate never really gets elevated.
You long for a companion so six months ago you went on two match.com dates.
You’ve hated your job for years so once every couple of months you play around with your résumé.
“I’ts better than nothing” is what we say when we are basically doing nothing but won’t admit it.
“It’s better than nothing” is what we say when we are doing a bit of something but not enough to get any meaningful results.
If this is hitting home with you try these steps to start your shift.
1. Admit that you have choices and be honest with yourself about what you have been choosing.
2. Replace the phrase “its better than nothing” with “its basically nothing”. This is not about beating yourself up, its about keeping it real in service of your goals.
3. List twenty potential actions then choose the four that have the most juice. Write a little about what you think the potential results would be if you were to engage each of the four action items for nine months.
4. Use your calendar to schedule these action items, keep those appointments and track each action item’s result.
Initial steps are courageous and can be really hard.
“Its better than nothing” is a mindset that is neither courageous nor is it difficult, and in fact may not be what it claims to be.
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