Nick Vujicic stands tall
Nick was born on 4th December, 1982, without arms and legs. However, there was no medical reason for it. His parents did their best to give him a life of an ordinary person without any physical deformity, and gave him every opportunity to live life to the fullest.
But it wasn’t so easy for him. He used to feel helpless and was so depressed that he attempted suicide a couple of times at a very young age. However, he soon realized that he did not want to leave his loved ones with the burden of guilt that would result from his suicide.
At age seventeen, Nick decided to be a motivational speaker. For two years since then, he had spoken only about a dozen times in front of very small groups. And, one fine day he had to speak in front of 300 students of grade 10.
Recollecting that incident, he says, “I was very nervous. I could feel my knees shaking. However, I began with what I had to say. Within, first 3 minutes of my talk, half the girls were crying, and most boys were struggling to hold their emotions together. One girl in particular was sobbing hard. We all looked at her and she put her hand up. She said – I am so sorry to interrupt, but can I come up and hug you?”
Just imagine how powerful his speech would have been! But did you realize how he killed his anxiety? With action.
He went on to go across 44 countries and speak about a 2000 times. He has addressed a range of groups by far, including students, teachers, youth, business people, and entrepreneurs.
What is action?
Taking action is often confused with being in motion. Being in motion is when you’re busy doing something, but that task will not fetch you an outcome by itself. Action is something that’ll get you the results.
When Nick decided to be a motivational speaker, he would’ve consulted a lot of near and dear ones. He would’ve met a lot of people, who mastered the art of public speaking, to get useful tips. He would’ve tried a lot of techniques to calm himself down to kill the anxiety just before he would begin delivering the speech. But that was all ‘being in motion’. What got him the results he wanted (making a difference in the people’s lives) is when he actually delivered those heart-touching speeches.
Just to simplify, being in motion is something that may give you the preliminary boost to get into action. And, I’m not saying that it isn’t required; but action is the thing required to produce the desired final result.
Why take action?
First and foremost, action is inevitable to get things done. Ideas alone will not bring you success. They have value only when you act upon them. Also, just being in motion will not help.
A lot of us want to wait until the conditions are perfect. Overcome procrastination because the conditions are never going to be perfect. Just get into action and face obstacles as and when they arrive.
Action kills fear. You must have experienced that fear of unknown, fear of failure, and fear of criticism or rejection holds you back. Anxiety before beginning something makes you so nervous that you decide to give up on action. But, once you get you get into action, you develop the courage to face those fears.
Nick went through all the possible fears throughout his childhood. His absence of limbs made him so hopeless about his life that he feared he wouldn’t have a bright future, whether personal or professional. Nevertheless, he began taking action. And, that my friend, made all the difference.
Action helps you unleash your potential. You’ll never know your full capacity unless you actually get into action. Don’t let ‘What if’ bother you. As Richard Branson says, “Screw it, let’s do it!”
Now, how to get into action?
All the fears that Nick was facing could have easily kept him to his comfort zone, to lead a purposeless life thinking that he isn’t physically fit to lead a life that he wants to live. But once he made his mind to get into action, he just got on with it, no second thought.
You too can develop the action habit. First, you need to set goals. Simplify the route to get there. This all forms a part of ‘being in motion’, but most times, it is necessary to do so to narrow down on the actions you need to take to achieve your desired results. If required, seek the help of your mentor. And, make sure you get into action as fast as possible. How?
Remember the 2-minute rule? It’s a little strategy that is easy to comprehend. It consists of 2 parts:
Part 1: If a task takes less than 2 minutes, then do it now.
This part comes from David Allen’s book – Getting Things Done. It’s very simple; do not put off things that could be done in 2 minutes or less.
Part 2: If a task requires 2 minutes (or less) to start, then start it now.
This Part works on the physics of real life as Sir Isaac Newton in his First Law of Motion (also called Law of Inertia) taught us – Objects at rest tend to stay at rest and objects in motion tend to stay in motion (unless an external force is applied to it). This law is equally applicable to humans as is to any other object.
The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts; it gives you what you demand with your actions. – Dr. Steve Maraboli.
Hat tip to James Clear for a clear distinction between being in motion and taking action and the 2-minute rule.
Nick Vujicic’s life is such an inspiration in so many aspects of our life. Taking action is just a very small lesson that we can learn from him.