The dialogue we have with ourselves is all wrong, we say this going to be hard. We even speculate that it will take so much time and therefore it must be hard. Greg McKeown in his book “Effortless” says the first thing we should say is “What if this could be easy?” Already your mindset alters with possibilities and even enthusiasm.
Getting to an Effortless State is the first step to believing the task will not be hard. We can look at the following steps and what to say in our heads to move us forward:-
- “What if this could be easy?’
- “What if this could be fun?”
- Let go of old memories of the task being hard
- Be realistic as to how you work on the task factoring in breaks
- Who is there for you?
Once we have the belief that the task is going to be easy we also need to have an Effortless action plan. McKeown says another reason why we often don’t move into action as we have not determined the obvious steps to get there. This is his Effortless Action Plan:-
D – Done – What does done look like?
D – Delete – What steps could you delete or combine?
O – Obvious – What is the obvious first step?
G – Gradual – What does gradual progression look like?
G – Grateful – What are you grateful for whilst working on this task?
Staying with an Effortless mindset and action plan, can lead to Effortless Results. McKeown says look at how many things can be automated going forward. Trusting others to perform tasks and also what steps can you take to prevent things becoming too much like hard work.
To explore the book much more, please do come to nuggets bookclub this Friday 17th June 2022 at 10.00am the link to register is here:-