The Action Formula

From: Ameen Kamadia

I subscribe to several newsletters to stay on top of new developments in the business world and so I can pass on the best ones to you guys.

I got an issue yesterday that was great. It has a lot of amazing ideas and ways to motivate yourself.

I am copying it here for you. The author even provides a valuable free gift that you should download and use. It's from the TalkBiz Newsletter by Paul Myers. If you like this issue, you might want to sign up for his newsletter at :

Taking action was the challenge that seemed the most serious for the people who mentioned it. And it's one we all have to deal with at one time or another.

I personally go through periods when I can't stop creating and other periods when the motivation to do something is hard to find. It's a complicated thing to manage.

I was sitting at my favorite brainstorming restaurant the other day, at my favorite booth. I had spent some time thinking about this and, in the middle of my salmon, it hit me. A simple way to describe it, in mathematical terms.

Really. Here it is:

"Action is motivation expressed over time."

Think about it.

That's not a figure of speech. I mean it.

Think about it.


Some people will scowl at the idea of coming up with a formula for something like this. That's okay. It's an odd sort of way to go at it.

Still, math is just a way of expressing relationships in concise terms that operate according to specific rules.

You can determine a person's level of motivation by watching how many actions they take over how long a period of time. If a person stops taking action towards a goal, their motivation will drop.

Conversely, if you get moving, you get motivated. Even random movement will motivate you. You'll get frsutrated at the randomness of your results and focus your efforts toward a more useful goal. ;)

If you increase a person's motivation and decrease the amount of time they have to accomplish what they want, they'll take a lot more actions than they would have otherwise.

So, the math works. (Aside from the minor quibble of assigning proper units of measure, of course...)

How is this helpful?

Stick with me. It'll get clearer soon, I promise.


Action isn't the desired result. The desired result is. Your purpose.

If your actions aren't focused on a specific end result, or purpose, they're pointless. That is how you see highly motivated people spinning their wheels and getting nowhere.

They aren't focused on RIGHT action. They're not acting on purpose.

More math:

"Purpose is the result of the power of your goals multiplied by the clarity of your plan."

The clearer your plans and the more powerful your goals, the more purposefully you'll act. That leads to greater results, which increases motivation, which further increases action.

A virtuous circle.

We like that.


Now, how do you use this?

It's simple, really. Adjust any part of the formula, and you get changes in all the other parts. It's automatic.

Pick a goal that has more power for you, and you get more motivated. Define a clearer plan and you'll accomplish your purpose more quickly.

The only thing that can break the process is if you either have no real goal, or you are claiming a goal that isn't yours in the first place.

For instance, let's take the classic cliche: Your parents want you to be a doctor. You want to do something else, but you go to medical school anyway.

Your real goal in this case is not to become a doctor, it's to please your parents. Your success will depend on how much you want to achieve that goal. If it's in conflict with a real and personal goal, that can be a big problem.

If there's no conflict, you might increase your motivation by deciding that becoming a doctor will make it easier for you to reach your personal goals.

Starting to see where this is going?


If you really want to take action, you need to figure out what you want most, and develop a plan to get it as quickly as possible.

If you're chasing a "goal" that's a default, you'll take default actions. If you're chasing a goal that you really don't want, you'll sabotage yourself.

THAT is the real cause of what's often misdiagnosed as "fear of success."

If you really want something badly enough, and you have a clear plan to get it, you won't have any trouble taking action.

Ol' Shakey Bill had the formula nailed when he said, "To thine own self be true."

Go grab that free goals book and get started.




I suggest you download Paul's free goals book and start to use it right away.

Happy Originating!




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