You can have the very best idea in the world but unless you take action it will remain simply that – an idea. A dream.
It takes grit. It takes hard work.
Success comes from action.
Dreams become reality when you are committed to WORKING for them.
Spending time “thinking” or continually taking another course will not move you forward.
Yes, you may have lots of theoretical learning, but…
ACTION is what leads to achievement.
Any action, even if it’s an imperfect action it is a move in the right direction.
You learn by implementing – it may not work the first time – that’s quite normal! But you learn valuable lessons.
Heck, if I had been waiting for the perfect moment, I would never have achieved half of what I have.
And yes, I’ve made my own fair share of mistakes along the way too – but they are learning experiences.
Taking the plunge is not easy.
Failure is common…but dusting yourself off and learning from those mistakes is what propels you towards success.
Think of how a child learns to walk…
First by using all their strength to pull themselves up on whatever furniture is available (heck, some even use the dog!).
Then getting braver and lurching from handhold to handhold.
A few wobbly steps. A few landings on their nappy padded bum.
Do they give up?
They stagger to their feet again continuing to try… leveraging off what is available. Eventually, they succeed …and are off and running. No stopping them!
It’s exactly the same when it comes down to business.
The theory is all well and good. But taking action…even if it is baby steps, is what that propels you towards your goals.
Struggling to take action steps?
Fear is natural.
Change takes time. Learning new skills takes practice, but the results are worth it.
Now here’s the thing…you can do all this on your own. Absolutely you can.
But…likely as not it will be a stop-start process as you battle alone through the hurdles and obstacles that inevitably pop up to challenge you.
As an adult in business, it’s not as easy to find handholds to leverage off. But, if you are open and actively searching they are there…in both paid and unpaid forms.
These typically include things like free workshops hosted by a range of organisations ranging from your local Business Development Offices, Chamber of Commerce, Live Webinars and even Facebook groups.
All of these are very valuable and have their place. They are especially helpful if you are bootstrapping and cash is very tight.
A word of caution; these can lead you down a number of rabbit holes and infect you with a case of SOS – Shiny Object Syndrome.
You know what I mean…
You hear all these great ideas and start to research or chase after them. The result is quite often that you lose your way and waste time.
These are more typically a workshop, course, business coaching and mentoring.
Prices fluctuate enormously and range from under $50 to well in excess of $10,000. When choosing what to pay for, it’s vital to do your research.
As with anything that you are paying for, it’s crucial to measure up if it’s the right fit for your business at this moment in time.
My recommendation is always to start with a short course/session with that particular consultant/teacher/presenter.
By starting off with a small investment you have the opportunity to assess whether you’re going to be a good ‘fit’ for each other. Mutual respect is crucial.
Engaging a business consultant/coach to help you is a way to fast track through the woods to get to the clearing on the other side.
It’s not cheap but it’s highly effective. It’s also not as expensive as you might think.
Having a great mentor or coach makes all the difference in the world. It’s what accelerates your development and growth. They are your encouragement, teacher and supporter.
Most important of all…you unlock your own truth so there’s no room for procrastination.
The truth can sometimes be a challenge to deal with, but if you’re serious about moving ahead…it needs to be faced.
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PS – check out this article by Brad Stulberg – 8 rules to do everything better.