I’m The Idea Girl. I’m a strategist. I map things out. I develop solutions. I have great ideas, and kick-ass plans.

It was recently brought to my attention by a trusted advisor and muse that lately I seem to do a whole lot of thinking and not so much doing.

The trouble with DOING – tell me if you relate – is that I think I have to set out a plan, be in the right frame of mind, get the timing right, and be motivated before I can take action. And it’s hard to get momentum, as many of us know very well. Here’s the thing: action creates momentum – not the other way around.

So, basically, the key is to take the first step. It doesn’t have to be a death-defying leap, either. A small step in the right direction will do.

And, you know what? That action will motivate you to take further action. Whether it’s cleaning out a closet, sorting photos, orchestrating a career change, or planning a healthy menu and fitness goals. Once you actually start doing, it motivates you to do more.

Try this bite-sized strategy: Set a timer for 15 minutes. Begin your task, even if it’s a big one, and stop when the timer goes off. Chances are, you won’t want to stop because the momentum and progress feel so good.

It’s like having your sadistic personal trainer make you do “just a few more” reps even though your muscles are utterly fatigued and you are convinced you can’t possibly do one more … and then you pull four more out of nowhere. You had no idea you could do it.

Thomas Edison knew this, way back in the day. He said, “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” And look what Edison did!

Astound yourself. Stop thinking and start DOING.

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Treasa Labaj is a Strategist and Results Coach who works with clients who know there’s more to life but may not know what they want, how to get it, or how easy it can be to take action.