Massive action checklist

If you want to get stuff done, you need to take action… and what’s better than taking massive action?

Massive action is the kind of action that moves mountains to achieve your goals. It might be hard to get rolling but once you do, you get a lot of stuff done and build momentum and it becomes even easier to get even more done. While everyone else is puttering around with their wishes and hopes and tiny actions, you are rocking it out by bashing your way through toward success.

If you want to take massive action, here is a checklist of what you need to do it successfully:

1. VISION

Make sure you have an big-picture vision of what you ultimately want. You won’t get there with one single massive action but having that vision will keep you motivated. Do you have something in mind? Good. Now double it. Make it big. Make it awesome. Make it audacious. Make it crazy. Let it inspire you. Let it shock you. Let it challenge you.

2. GOAL

Now you need a goal… a goal that will feed into your vision. Think of your vision as being achieved when you accomplished 2 – 5 goals. So identify a goal. It needs to be measurable so you can say that you’ve done it. And, if you’re really committed to taking massive action then then it needs to be a crazy goal that you don’t think you can actually accomplish.

3. LIST OF INITIAL TASKS

Your goal is going to be made up of tasks. Stuff you need to do. By doing all of the tasks, you’ll end up achieving your goal. So list out some of the first tasks you’re going to do. Why do I suggest only listing out the first of your tasks and not all of them? Well, if you want to list out all of them that’s okay but it can sometimes feel daunting when you look at a big list of tasks; plus the point of taking massive action is to get started, so if you spend your time focused on listing tasks, you’ll get caught up in the “administrivia” instead of the action. Write down just enough tasks to get some momentum.

4. CREATE A MASSIVE ACTION ENVIRONMENT

Massive action takes time and focus. So eliminate distractions, shut down unnecessary websites (no Facebook during massive action time!), turn off your phone, and ask your family members to help you. Better yet, state your commitment to massive action in different places (Twitter, Facebook) before starting. Let the world know your crazy goals. Also make sure you have all the tools you need to take massive action because you don’t want to get part way into your effort and be forced to stop because you’re missing something.

5. GET PUMPED UP

By now, you are hopefully excited to start hammering your way through massive action. But take a moment to get even more pumped up. Review your vision and goal to remind yourself of the crazy heights you’re hoping to climb. Listen to music that gets you going. Watch an inspiring YouTube video. Whatever it takes. I like using a countdown timer on my cell phone to raise the level of enthusiasm in the same way that a rocket counts down to launch.

6. START

When the clock hits 00:00, get started. Work your ass off in a frenzy of enthusiastic productivity. Bash your way through your tasks. Massive action is about big activity, not finesse. Don’t worry about going back to edit your work or make corrections (unless it’s a requirement of the next steps). Push forward. Celebrate the victories of completing each of your many tasks… but KEEP PUSHING.

7. PUSH THROUGH

Push through to the end. Work until you are done. Preferably, work until you’ve accomplished your goal (or, if that’s not practical, work for a minimum amount of time — such as an hour or two. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve if you have set everything up for you to take massive action.

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