Magic in the Room #26 – Unlocking EQ: Defaulting to Action Part 2

In Part 1 of this conversation about action orientation, Luke, Chris, and Hannah each shared examples from their lives when they activated a specific initiative and its impact. In Part 2 of this discussion, your hosts share the benefits of being action-oriented, and specific tactics to ensure action default.

In this episode, the team discusses the benefits and tactics while exploring the universal concept that taking action puts us in situations to seize opportunities. It’s these motivational principles to get better that enable us all to create our own luck and avoid unnecessary suffering. By self-directing our activities, we can be a part of something greater than ourselves.


Great leaders can accurately assess risk. They set challenging goals for themselves, their teams, and their companies. Ultimately, they have the confidence to act. Action-oriented leaders typically enjoy working hard. But when you think about those benefits and principles or domains, where do you draw your performance?


Luke asks the question, is the action the reward, or the benefit? For example, when Luke defaults to action and sees the results, it creates more confidence to take more action. Psychologically, it’s fulfilling, and emotionally if he feels like he’s in a rut, remembering that getting something done and creating output will give him more confidence to keep doing that is a game changer.


Hannah shares that one of the most significant benefits of taking action is that it’s the only way to advance our purpose. Identifying your purpose in life, in your organization or project, and trying to achieve can help you take the right action. Without it, we run the risk of taking action for the sake of taking action. For these reasons alone, Hannah asks the listeners, what steps will meaningfully advance your purpose?


As Chris reflects on this topic, he has an epiphany that the Magic in the Room podcast only exists because Hannah said, Let’s take action, take an idea, and drive it forward. But he also speaks about the critical role that sometimes we need to be intentional about inaction to unlock the best ROI. To get that place, we also need to rejuvenate and recalibrate.


How we spend our energy often involves many intentional things that can help us be a high performer and live in a way that brings our commitments to life. Fulfilling our commitments can feel like a rollercoaster ride, and there will be days that we can count the ways we fail and others where we find our momentum. But if we recalibrate, we can put ourselves in a great position to fulfill whatever our vision of success might be.


In your experience, what are the benefits of being action-oriented? What are the specific tactics to ensure action default?

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