What’s At Stake?

When we’re not doing something we know we should be doing it’s generally because we haven’t taken to heart and fully accepted what’s at stake.

We haven’t rallied our emotions around the issue.

Taking an inventory of what’s at stake and allowing yourself to feel the emotion and weight of those stakes will often lead to motion.

That donut would be less tempting if you knew without a shadow of a doubt that it would cause an early grave, a painful drawn-out death, and a significantly reduced quality of life.

You would be more likely to say I love you, buy flowers, and treat your spouse the way they want to be treated if you take to heart them leaving you if you don’t.

When you know your job or a promotion is on the line you’re more likely to go above and beyond what’s required.

A trick to get yourself to upgrade your actions is to do an inventory of everything that is at stake.

Write down everything that is likely or unlikely to happen if you do or do not do something.

Feel the weight of those things.

Note: What’s at stake can be both negative and positive events and actions.

Deep dive into this until you get a spark of motivation.

Once you have a spark of motivation get into motion and turn it into a flame of action.

Once an object is in motion it tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.

Use emotion to propel you forward.

Today, I hope you find emotions that move you.

Buy those flowers.

Go to that workout.

Put the donut down.

Spend time with your children.


Brett “What Moves You” Denton