Discover Yourself Make It Happen 2020

Time to Hit the Start Button and Take Action

January 24, 2020
Take Action

Last week, in the Make It Happen 2020 Challenge, I wrote about the ‘Scarcity Mindset’ and using the Two Minute Rule and Microsteps to break down our goals into manageable pieces.  

Let’s recap on what we have covered so far in the Challenge:

So what, now?

The three steps so far have provided a basis for achieving our goals but what is the point if we don’t move to take ACTION and start to make them happen.

I came across this quote during the week which I feel is the next logical step in Making It Happen.

That is:

  • TAKE ACTION
  • Stop talking about it
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Just start

Yesterday I started a conversation about running. I’m in a Facebook Group and a member, let’s call him John, left the following comment:

Tomorrow is a big day for me, for the first time in my life, I am going to run for 10 km. I ran only 7 days for 2-5 km daily for the first time in my life. I haven’t done it before and I am so excited to do it tomorrow morning at 5:30 am.

John, felt daunted yet excited by the prospect of increasing his distance. Another member of the group, let’s call her Jane, expressed her desire to run a marathon but didn’t think she was brave enough to try.

I shared my running story with them:

‘When I was 50 my young work colleagues encouraged me to start running. I couldn’t run between two lampposts! I stuck at it and ran my first full marathon at 55 and my second full marathon at 61.

I’m 63 this year and studying for my Fitness Certificate to inspire other Over 50s to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. It starts with 500metres and builds from there – microsteps to achieve your goal. 🙂 #stillrunning


Today they both messaged me. John had run further than the 10km he wanted to achieve and Jane is feeling more positive about her goal and has entered a 10km in March as a starting point.

They had both felt inspired by my story and also took my advice about using microsteps to achieve their goals.

Both took ACTION and felt motivated to move forward.

So over to you. What ACTION can you take today to start moving forward. Are you ready to hit the START button?


Taking ACTION through microsteps will take your goal from just a dream to a Reality.

Ageing Well, Living Well with Sue

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34 Comments

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt January 24, 2020 at 04:23

    You are such an inspiration, Sue! I’m glad to see you motivating others toward their fitness goals!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 27, 2020 at 06:43

      HI Terri, my goal for 2020 is to do some online coaching as I feel that is where my talents lie. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Donna Connolly January 24, 2020 at 08:06

    Congratulations ‘John’, ‘Jane’ and Sue – Your stories are all inspirational. They are a great reminder that it is never too late to hit the start button!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 27, 2020 at 06:42

      Hi Donna, it felt good to be able to encourage ‘John’ and ‘Jane’ this week and also reminded me that I need to hit the start button on a couple of things I want to achieve. Have a lovely week and thanks for dropping by even when you are on your anniversary holiday xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones January 24, 2020 at 11:56

    Great advice Sue. All the talking and planning won’t get it done. Planning and goal setting are important but to succeed we must ‘do the work’

  • Reply Jo January 25, 2020 at 06:48

    I love that story. It truly is about JFDI – Just Flipping Do It! Thanks for some Saturday morning inspiration xxx

  • Reply Debbie Harris January 25, 2020 at 13:10

    Great story Sue and so good of you to share your experiences with John and Jane and the others – you truly are an inspiration and I think you’re amazing! xx

    • Reply Debbie Harris January 30, 2020 at 18:05

      Fabulous to re-read this Sue and have shared for #mlstl x

      • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2020 at 15:17

        Thanks for your support, Deb. It is always appreciated. x

  • Reply Christine January 25, 2020 at 13:44

    I know that I am a procrastinator and find lots of reasons to justify it. It’s too hard, it’s way out of my comfort zone, what if I make a fool of myself, or mess up. I’m too tired, I’m too busy etc etc. You inspire me to push on and Just Do It! Xx

  • Reply Amy Johnson January 26, 2020 at 01:44

    Great advice! TFS!

  • Reply Erica/Erika January 28, 2020 at 12:51

    I have always loved your concept on “microsteps,” Sue. I mentioned to you before how I am doing my daily push ups and now pre and post stretching, thanks to you. 🙂 One of my daughters was a personal trainer for about ten years. She had a saying that I think about throughout the week. “A little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing.” Have a great week. xx

  • Reply Erica/Erika January 29, 2020 at 06:14

    Sue, I am revisiting #MLSTL and sharing SM 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer Jones January 29, 2020 at 07:22

    Popping in again Sue from #MLSTL I love this series and would love to have more time to participate but I do look forward to reading your posts

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2020 at 15:29

      Thanks for coming back for another comment Jen, really appreciate it. x

  • Reply Natalie January 29, 2020 at 07:35

    Hi Sue – It’s awesome that you shared your running experiences and inspired others to take actions. I’m in the ‘make it happen’ camp so once I set goals, I stay focused and get them done. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2020 at 15:30

      I know how driven you are Natalie and I always feel inspired when I read your posts. Have a great weekend. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au January 29, 2020 at 11:53

    Sue you’re an inspiration to so many people! I love that you could encourage them with your story and that they responded (it’s always lovely when someone tells you that you’ve made a difference). I don’t have any major goals atm – I think this may be my year of assessing what works and doesn’t work for me – but I still want to keep moving forward, so micro-stepping all the way!
    Thanks for another co-hosting week and I’ve shared this on my SM xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2020 at 15:31

      Oh you are lovely, Leanne. I try to encourage others as I think that is my ‘calling’ in life. You don’t need major goals all the time. Sometimes it is just nice to feel happy and contented in life. xx

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle January 29, 2020 at 17:16

    I need to borrow some of your motivation Sue! I’m good at getting up and going to my pilates classes but I don’t do much more than that and I know I should. Your story is always so inspiring. I hope your studies are going along well. I know you’re gonna hit some goals this year. There’s no stopping you! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2020 at 15:33

      Hi Min, at least you are getting up and going so remember that! Studies are right on track now and I aim to be finished by end of March which I’m excited about. I have rediscovered my mojo thank goodness but at a slower pace this year. Have a great weekend xx

  • Reply Candi Randolph January 29, 2020 at 21:41

    Wise words, Sue. We can talk, think, ponder, make lists and vision boards, but if we don’t put our feet into play it doesn’t move us forward. I can do a good job of talking myself out of something new, different, challenging, or a little scary. You know, those conversations in my head. But I try to stay with the commitment and make it happen. You are truly an inspiration. xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2020 at 15:34

      Hi Candi, I can be guilty of having great ideas but then having too many and not following through. Like you I can talk myself out of something new because of a lack of self-confidence. I gain inspiration from others around me and you are included in that. You have taken your blog and created courses which is a great achievement. xx

  • Reply Jennifer January 29, 2020 at 23:01

    I’m a big believer in taking small steps to move forward in order to build to bigger goals. I’ve been doing that with my writing for years. Probably time to start putting it towards my health.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2020 at 15:35

      Hi Jennifer, yes sometimes we forget that our health goals are just as important, if not more important than other goals we may have in life. If we have our health and wellbeing then most other things are easier to achieve. Have a lovely weekend. x

  • Reply Corinne Rodrigues January 30, 2020 at 01:45

    So true, Sue. I wonder if you’ve come across Mel Robbins and her 5 Second Rule. I’m reading it as present and it ties in with what you’ve written.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2020 at 15:36

      Hi Corinne, yes I’ve been following Mel Robbins and I get surprised sometimes when she mentions something that I’ve also believed and that brings validation for me. xx

  • Reply Agnes Knowles January 30, 2020 at 03:01

    I’m fairly good at getting to my finish lines although I’ll admit it gets more difficult as I get older. I have an accountability buddy online that I check in with every two weeks and at our regular check-in last week she asked how my goal to lose 10 pounds was going. I was surprised and reminded her that that wasn’t a business goal and she said “So?” Apparently she is just as sassy as I am! so I am now really focussed on that goal too because I know I’m going to be asked about my progress every two weeks!!
    I have another goal I’ve been working on with a friend but I’ve been procrastinating because I’m the tech person and this learning curve is going to be a big one. A couple of weeks ago I met a young man my friend teaches and he commented how excited she was about the project but was just waiting on me to get it up and running. While his comment was positive it was a good reminder that to procrastinate on your own goals is one thing, to delay another person’s goals is bigger. (I’m well underway now on that learning curve!)
    Like the comments above, you are so inspiring to those around you – I’ll take a page out of your book!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2020 at 15:38

      I agree, Agnes, I used to be able to get to the finish line but quicker than I do these days. Having an accountability buddy is a great idea and I agree that health goals are just as important as business goals. Thank you for your kind words and it makes my day when someone recognises the work I do to inspire others. Have a lovely weekend and good luck with finishing your friend’s project. x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes January 30, 2020 at 11:04

    That’s so great that you were able to inspire those runners, Sue, just like you’ve inspired so many of us bloggers. It feels strange to say this, but at this moment I do not have any big goals I’m working toward. I have a lot going–building a new home, selling our cabin and my mother’s condo, but no self-improvement goals. Still, I enjoy reading your series and know that I will put it to use sometime in the near future. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2020 at 15:20

      I love inspiring others, Christie and it makes me feel fulfilled if I can help someone. It doesn’t matter if we don’t have any specific goals although building a new home, selling the cabin and your mother’s condo are enough at the moment. The only thing you need to do is just take time out for some self-care especially after the last few months of sadness and grief. Sending my love to you xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan January 30, 2020 at 15:04

    Congratulations on the successes you are having and the inspiration you provide for others.

    This year, strangely enough, is somewhat of a blank canvas but I have things that are dotted in. You see, there are no major events (that I know of!) relating to my cancer recovery. However, I am now sought as a speaker for groups and am about to appear in a video series about nutrition after head and neck cancer. I am pleased to have these opportunities but they do take some mental preparation on my part.

    And I have now found out I need both of my eyes done for cataracts and that is going to give me something “to do” recovery wise from March. So a few unknowns coming up.

    My plan though is to continue to blog regularly, post daily about gratitude and keep up my daily wellness routines.

    Denyse #msltl

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 31, 2020 at 15:18

      How exciting that you will be speaking to groups, Denyse plus becoming a video star! I know it can be daunting but you have a lot of information you can share with others to help them through the experience. Take care and have a great weekend. xx

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