And for getting out of your way!
I don’t know about you, but this new year surely caught me by surprise!
I mean we are already into the last part of January, and when I look back on the month, I have been languishing in indecision. When I wrote down all of the tasks that I needed to finalise when I returned from a short break I took in December, I was filled with such power.
Honestly, I haven’t ticked any of those tasks off my list! Even worse, they are really cool tasks too, so I don’t even have the excuse that they are tedious.
Anyway, so I got myself thinking about why I feel like I am in the doldrums, and I have realised some things I would like to share with you.
If you are having a tough time getting started, then hopefully they will resonate with you, and you too can get a boost into the new year. It’s never too late.
- Limit Your Options
At the end of last year, I knew that I needed to make some ground-breaking decisions in my business. The problem was that I just had way too many options open to me.
Now, you might think that keeping options open is a good thing, and in some instances it is. However, when you need to start scaling in a relatively new business, you need to focus on that one thing that will give you some quick wins.
You might want to focus on one social media platform for your advertising for example. Your focus on this one strategy will give you productive time to properly hone your skills and really get to grips with all of that platform’s functions.
There is that old Russian quote which says:
“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape”
2. Time is Money
While I have been sitting around languishing, that time has gone for good. I can never get that back.
Now when I talk about languishing, I am not including that time that I have spent in my own personal pursuits, outside of my business. That is productive downtime, I think you will agree.
I am talking about that time I have spent getting in my own way.
That time where I have been overthinking my next step, and being afraid of taking it because I might not get it all right. It’s that time you spend worrying about things like; where I should be living, and where I should going; and what our future holds for us.
It is all a waste of time, and time is money. Our futures are all made today, so focus on today.
3. Indecision is Your Worst Enemy
I know this, and you know this too.
Jim Rohn once said:
“Indecision is the greatest thief of opportunity”
I got to thinking about indecision, and it takes it’s form as fear. Everyday, whether we are aware of it or not, we are making decisions that move us through our purpose. Fear steps in to distract us from our purpose and it derails our efforts.
It follows then that we must be decisive around what our fears are. We should discover whether they are rational fears that we are having.
I would say emphatically, that they are absolutely irrational fears. Mine certainly are.
4. Never Doubt Your Instinct
While I was rationalising my state of inertia, I realised that my head was overriding my instincts. I know exactly what I need to do, and so you might think that taking action on those things would be naturally easy.
The reality is that even when we have a formula, and we have a system and even have a community to back up those two things, very often we shush our instincts, and get into our heads.
I am not saying that we mustn’t ever check in with what our brains are telling us, but to just be aware not to get stuck in there. I am an introvert, and I get into my head way too often.
My Revised Daily Plan of Action
Needless to say, I have binned my end of 2020 task list in favour of this one below. It is a task list that will stand the test of time, and will be good throughout this year, and all my years following.
To keep it succinct is as follows:
- Visualise my goals;
- Invest in me;
- Incoming producing activity;
- Masterminding with other leaders; and
- Pay it forward.
What are things on your daily plan of action?