If you’re usually the type of person that holds yourself back from doing a lot of things or talk yourself out of most activities, you’re probably too much of a thinker.

Should I go back to school? Should I move?

Should I go back to school? Should I move?

Try the “ready, fire aim” approach. Take Action right away without predicting all the outcomes. Most decisions don’t take days, weeks or months of analyzing.

Questions in your mind such as, “Should I ask her out for Friday?” or “I would like to talk to my boss about getting a 10% raise.” are really easy to take action on once you get out of the habit thinking about it.

Break out of that type of thinking! It takes just a little practice.

Here are 7 ways to do that…

  1. Be radical. Get in the habit of doing things outside the box. Start off with an easy exercise. Take a quick photograph of yourself and put it on HotOrNot.com. Get people to rate the photo. You have an opportunity to rate other people’s pics too. After you get a certain rating then dress yourself up and style your hair. Take and post that picture. See if your action pushes up your rating. It’s fun and it’ll get you to do something you’re a little shy about. **I don’t work for them 😉
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  3. Be involved. Toastmasters will get you doing something that most people have a tremendous fear of—speaking in public. Don’t think… Just join. You will meet people and learn a lot. Once you can get outside of your comfort level you’ll gain tremendous confidence and the avalanche effect of other things you can do will be tremendous.
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  5. Be radical. Post a video on YouTube.com Make sure it shows you. See how many people watch it. Better yet, see how many people comment on it. Who knows maybe millions of people will watch it and you’ll be a celebrity.
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  7. Be romantic. When you have date night with your special other, don’t just go to a quiet dinner and a movie. Go dancing and really dance. Dance a lot. If you normally dance then find something else.
  8. Be adventurous. Go to a comedy club that requires audience participation. Make sure they use your material when they ask for content. These are usually comedy clubs that do ad lib stuff. Go to a murder mystery dinner that includes the guests as some of the actors and actresses.
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  10. Be embarrassed. This may be very difficult for you because we try so hard not to put ourselves in this type of situation. But try this. When you’re at a clothing store and you are about to buy something find a flaw and ask for a discount on it. Most clothes have a flaw.  Or the next time you’re at the gym, restaurant or store and there’s a person you’re attracted to ask them out! This will force you to act outside yourself. Don’t think about the outcomes or what people are thinking about you. Oh, and if you already do this kind of stuff because that’s just the way you are then you probably should read a different post.
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  12. Be free. Once you’re comfortable with this new way of thinking you’ll open the doors to so many other opportunities. It’s normally how we think that keeps us chained to the same habits.

There is so much to explore and experience in this world if we don’t hold ourselves back. Most of the time it just takes small steps to overcome our “hold-back” thinking. You’ve heard it before…your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

“You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you.” Wayne Dyer

Once you’ve done some of these activities send me the links like to YouTube.com or HotOrNot.com and I’ll vote for you or rank you.

Smile Often!