In business everyone knows that to succeed, taking action is a must. I am talking about major and minor actions, carried out constantly and consistently. Action should always be driven by your desire to make a success of your small venture.
However, to be fair, there may be times when things are not quite going to plan. You sit in front of your computer, really wanting to take action, but you seem to lack focus. Something seems to be holding you back.
Perhaps your potential action list is too long?
Or your long ‘list’ is only in your head?
Resist the temptation of taking the wrong actions
An important cause of inaction can be feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start.
Also, attempting to tackle too many actions in one go can be counter-productive too. Not being able to complete your tasks can make some people feel they are always failing which may then lead to procrastination.
If you’re feeling slightly unclear about your next step whilst taking action, then this action could be the wrong kind. This is something I think of as ‘panic action’, which can make you feel busy (albeit only temporarily). In reality, ‘panic action’ often contributes to confusion or overwhelm.
One sure thing is that the way to getting results is not by rushing into action, nor is it by sitting at your desk telling yourself you ‘should’ be doing something, which is also counter-productive.
The best way to plan your actions
To get all the actions right in business, it helps to de-clutter your thinking first.
Unless you clarify and prioritise the actions that are REALLY important, you will be straight back into doing what you’ve always done and unable to break the ‘panic action/ inaction cycle’.
Instead why not ask yourself what you need to ‘do’ now, today, that will make a difference to your business?
The power of a daily ‘mantra’
Set a clear intent every day to focus on the actions that will positively impact your business. This is like having a daily mantra.
Start small, with just one action to focus on every day. Say to yourself…”Today, I write/create/reply to/ attend (etc)… and I will do this to the best of my ability”
The good thing is that you won’t just start taking one right action today, you will become more focused and proactive … every day!
Ute Wieczorek-King is a UK-based German mentor and blogger who helps passionate midlife women to stay focused, work smarter and stand out from the crowd.
If you’d like to take your small venture from good to great, why not download Ute’s free “Passion to Profit” ebook.