One of the things you’re likely to hear from motivational speakers,
prosperity coaches and other people promising to help you improve
your life, your wealth and your value to the world is that you need
to take “massive action”.
They’re not wrong; they just don’t mean what they say.
Let’s take an example. Let’s say you’ve decided you’re overweight
and unfit. Let’s say someone of your age and height should ideally
weigh about 11 stones (154 lb) and be able to run a mile in about
mile at all.
Massive action suggests you should go out tomorrow and attempt to
run that mile. It also suggests you shouldn’t eat a proper meal
until you reach your ideal weight.
Massive action, in other words, will probably kill you.
What you can do instead is eat a bit more sensibly than you do now
and start to take some exercise, like walking. After a time you can
start to eat a little less and exercise a bit more.
In a few weeks you could be eating very healthily and walking
faster or cycling or maybe even jogging a short distance. You still
won’t weigh 11 stones and you won’t be running an eight-minute mile
In a year’s time, though, you could have reached both those
milestones. Overall, you will have taken massive action. In fact,
your massive action was committing yourself to reaching those
targets and then sticking to it (more or less, because you’re only
human) until you got there.
The same goes for any other targets you might have.
Can you go from being deep in debt to millionaire status by next
Can you become a chess master from scratch in a month? No.
What you can do is take the first step – starting from where you
are now, not somewhere you need to reach before you start – that
will start you on your journey towards your target. And commit to
continuing on that journey as far as you can go in the time you
Also understand that you might not get there as fast as you hoped
or as quickly as some people promised. But do commit to the journey.
That is massive action. And it’s completely within your power.