Feeling stuck? A new book, Instant Influence: How to Get Anyone to Do Anything — Fast helps people find their own reasons for completing a task. Here are author Michael V. Pantalon’s expert tips:
Focus on the smallest action needed to begin any task so you can make it more manageable. For example, paying your bills may sound daunting, but placing your checkbook next to your computer is doable.
Go outside the box.
Imagine all the different ways you can tackle your problem. Tap into other people’s creativity to help you come up with a solution. When using the Instant Influence approach with others, we tap into their creativity to help them come up with their own solutions.
Use that strategy yourself.
Instead of dwelling on one solution, try coming up with others. Dreading reading a boring business book? See if it’s available on tape.
Every problem has a solution.
If the possibility of a solution seems real, you’ll remain motivated. Sure, you might need to change your approach, but sooner or later a solution will present itself.
Be ready to surprise yourself.
Newly discovered motivations often take on a life of their own. Before you know it, a task you accomplish in one aspect of your life will inspire you to tackle bigger feats.
Bypass the decision, focus on the action.
Instead of approaching a problem with a declaration that you’re going to make life-altering decisions, start with something you can literally see or hear (actions). Thinking about changing your eating habits? Ignore the big picture and ask yourself why you want to add fruit and vegetables to your daily diet. Gradually, actions will lead you to those big life-altering decisions.