Strategies for getting stuff done!
Coming from a business and marketing background I’ve tried and tested many strategies about what it takes to make a business successful and I’ve always been a firm believer that one of the simplest & most important secrets to success in any discipline is ACTION.
After working with many companies, startups and small businesses over the years, I have seen what holds people back and what gets people going.
The secret is out folks! Just the simple act of doing leads to success.
Leadership is essentially nothing more than swift & responsible decision-making that in turn creates consistent action. They say that what successful CEOs all have in common is their ability to make quick decisions no matter how large or small. Whether choosing which 'side' they want with their burger or whether to invest or not in a new startup... a successful entrepreneur will not waste time pondering (or dare I say! procrastinating).
What I mean by all of this is that it’s often easy to procrastinate and over-think things. Research clearly shows that often the most successful people are those that simply tried many different approaches until they found one that worked. As Mark Twain said:
‘80% of life is simply showing up’ and as my yoga teacher said "the hardest part of yoga, is getting to class".
People often look at business leaders & successful people and wonder how and why they are so successful – a large part of this is that they simply chose to take action. Instead of talking and thinking about what they could achieve “wouldn’t it be great if…” they more often than not do something about it.
I think the second important teaching in all of this, is to ensure that you are taking action but without trying to over-control the outcome as well. This can be tricky and a very fine line.
I like to call this teaching:
Open-minded Action (traveling forward without your blinkers on)
It’s all very well to take action, but if you focus too much on a specific outcome or route towards the goal then you’re likely to compromise your personal happiness and let opportunities come and go, as they were not what you had imagined. But we must remember, that many times the goal can be achieved, but often not as we had planned or imagined it!
If you’re so focused on achieving a certain outcome then you will often miss out on other opportunities, that in the long run could have provided you with more success… they simply pass you by because you are so fixated on one specific outcome or one specific way of doing things.
This approach does involve a certain amount of ‘letting go’. As human beings we naturally want to feel like we are in control at all times, but ‘open-minded action’ essentially means that you are taking control by initiating action, while letting go of the idea of ONLY one "dream" result, therefore allowing you to remain open to alternative outcomes.
Interestingly, many innovative breakthroughs have come to see the light of day only once the innovator stopped thinking about the end result and randomly ‘stumbled upon’ a better solution (for example Einstein & the theory of relativity).
Simple Life Strategy: How taking action creates success
So – what can you do today to take some action towards a goal?
1. Choose something today and take action immediately!
2. Don’t get stalled by negative feelings of ‘fear’ or ‘what ifs’
3. Don’t worry if your idea is not 100% perfect – it never will be. Perfection is a killer!
4. Realise that you can always finesse the idea or product as you go.
5. Remember to be open to different outcomes & to relax and enjoy the productivity of ‘DOING SOMETHING’!
6. Learn from your choices. Even if you don’t get the result you want, you can learn from your experiences.
I guarantee you that by taking action and DOING SOMETHING (no matter how small) you will come out feeling positive, feeling enthusiastic and energised – so do it now!
I’d love to hear how you’ve taken action today – why not share your experience by commenting on this post.
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