How to Get Off Your Butt and into Action

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Note: Updated in June 2018 for clarity and additional resources.

Is there something in your life you’ve been talking about doing for months or years or even decades? This is something you think about all the time. You meditate on it … you daydream about it … but you don’t actually do it.

You know who you are.

Maybe you want to pick up a new skill. Launch a business. End a relationship. Start dating. Start a blog or podcast. Take yoga teacher training. Go after a promotion.

Tweet: When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off. #YogiBhajan #spiritjunkie @gabbybernstein

Whatever it is, I see this all the time. It’s something that is super common among my Spirit Junkie Masterclass students. Many alumni have told me that before they arrived, there were stuck in this energy of “I want this!” without taking action.

Get out of a rut and into action!

If you’re struggling to say yes and show up and make that commitment — even if you really want to — I’ve got an awesome tip for you. Watch the video to learn how to lift yourself out of that funk with one simple move.

This is a topic that continually blows my mind. It’s one of the most important topics in my life, and one of the most awesome gifts I get to share. Watch below:

Take action without any expectation

The #1 tool to get into action is a very, very simple practice. It’s best that we keep it simple because the more we think we need to do, the more we don’t do it. We get overwhelmed. We get intimidated. So instead, let’s focus on what it is we want to do and just do it for the sake of doing it!

Whatever you want to do, do it without any expectation. Just do it for the goal of doing it, not for the goal of getting money or of getting people to read the blog. Not for the goal of making sure that the guy that you go out on that date with calls you back.

Taking action takes off the pressure

Just do it and enjoy it! Once you take away the expectation and actually just get into the act of doing, the experience and the expression of the doing starts to put you into a new practice and a new energy.

I had a coaching client who would often say to me that she really didn’t want to date. She was so afraid of dating and so uncomfortable with it. So the homework I gave her was just to commit to me and to herself that she was just going to get on a dating site.

Simply signing up and putting herself on that dating site without any expectation of anybody writing her back, no expectation of having to go on a date, but just putting herself on the dating site, put her into the action of doing. Within a week, she started getting a lot of messages from guys on that site because she was putting herself out there into the action of doing.

The way that we can get into action is by taking away the expectation. It’s so simple. It’s so fun and effortless and joyful to do without expectation.

Just do it and raise your vibration!

If you want to put that blog up, put that blog up and don’t even expect anybody to read it. Just put it up and just let it be up, so that you can trust and feel the vibration of you having done that work.

If you want to start to try to create a new career path and start making jewelry, make that jewelry with no expectation of trying to sell it, no expectation of trying to give people some reason to buy it.

This doesn’t mean that you won’t sell it. It doesn’t mean that those dates won’t come in. It doesn’t mean that blog won’t be highly popular.

What it means is that is that you’ve gotten yourself out of the funk of stagnation and into the action of doing. This is how you actually follow through on what you want to do!

Fun is powerful

This is a topic that blows my mind. It’s one of the most important topics in my life. I think one of the greatest gifts that I have been able to give is the experience and the expression of getting people into action.

So just do it. Take action now. Have fun, because fun is powerful! When you are joyful, you attract what you want. Take away the expectation and simply act.

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  1. Hey Gabby,
    Have just watched your video “How to get into action” again and love the message.
    I have a question…
    How do you balance “doing without expectation” vs manifesting/meditating on something we really desire?
    For example, let’s say it’s about asking for a pay rise at work. You talk about the power of sitting in our meditation space, feeling the feelings, what it would be like to live in abundance, earning x amount of money, how you’d feel in that meeting with your boss.
    But then you need to go into the meeting with no expectations about the outcome. Having no expectations is helpful, because it’s a scary thing to do and mentally that helps prepare you.
    How can you not be disappointed when you have done the work of manifesting/meditating on this situation and you don’t get the desired outcome?

  2. Hi Gabby, Thank you so much for devoting time & energy to this topic! It really resonates with me at this time in my life. I want to go to graduate school and have been putting off taking steps towards it for years out of fear of rejection. I spoke my boss about my desire to apply and my energy almost immediately changed. Instead of feeling ashamed about having this desire, I now feel empowered and supported. Can’t wait to hear what else you have to advise on during the webinar. Thanks!! xx

  3. Hi Gabby! I don’t know why but I really feel that what you said in your video is gonna be a huge life changer for me! Huge huge huge! It’s so simple but the wisdom of it is so clear!! Than you thank you thank you for sharing this! Love what you do!

  4. Many people are afraid of not being able to fulfill the desired goal and this is why it stays as a dream. By not being afraid to take the next step can help lots. Thank you for your insight!


  5. This is how I deal with my PhD dissertation everyday! Don’t emotionally involved! Just do what supposed to be done without any expectations. It’s really hard to work on a project when there are a lot of trial and error involves. It comes to a point where you don’t want to take action and want procrastinate because you may fail. So my solution was, just do it and allow a bad outcome. Works so far and I proceeded a lot lately 🙂

  6. OMG! That’s exactly what I needed to hear.. now the moment has arrived to abandon all these crazy thoughts and expectations I’ve been having around my career.. I’m just fed up with waiting for the perfect circumstances to do what I love! I’m starting now just for the sake of doing it! Love You Gabby!!!!!

  7. Thanks Gabby for all you do!
    My issue is that I really want to relocate but can’t until I find a way to support myself. I would be leaving a home (safety net) I own, a 29 yr. freelance career, family & friends to move to the beach. The job I do does not exist where I want to go or I would have moved there years ago. HELP!
    Fish Out Of Water
    PS Looking forward to your webinar

  8. Hi Gabby, Thanks for sharing – I have two areas that I have been stalling on for the past six months to a year and logically I know its because it pushes me totally outside my comfort zone. It makes me freeze, do you have any advice on how to get past those panicky moments?

    Signing up for your video! Thank you so much for sharing this with us 🙂

  9. Hi Gabby,

    I really, really want to run a marathon. I’ve signed up for a 10k this year so I can start my training and build up gradually. I’m scared that I will fail and people will laugh at me.

    I know that’s my ego talking but it can be hard to ignore it!

    Sat nam, Catherine x

  10. Thank you Gabby! Look forward to the Webinar! I so needed this message now, I got too many ideas and things to do…and as you said.. leading me to do, nothing… But not anymore. Time to take action!

    Thank you for your great work.

  11. Hi Gabby, thank you so much for doing these things for us.
    Will there be a way to watch it later, because for us Europeans the time difference is making it impossible to watch it live (and show up for work fresh the next morning 😉

    Thank you so much again! Love your work.

    1. Hey Claudia! Same situation here. Even though we don’t follow the livestream (this really falls into a bad time for us Europeans because the physiological need for sleep has to be fulfilled), I guess we’ll have access to the replay. The advantage to tune in live is to actually interact and ask questions so we won’t be able to do that. But besides that, you only need to subscribe for it and watch it when the time is right for you 😉

      1. Thanks! I will be happy if I can just see it afterwards, even though the interacting part sounds great. I understand that events like these can never be aired at a time that is convenient for everyone, but thanks for the possibility to watch it later 🙂

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