Do you have a can do attitude or are you full of excuses?
There is one significant difference between the small business owners that I meet you are successful and those who just never make it.
The successful ones have a can do attitude and will do whatever it takes to make their business a success. They are prepared to step out of their comfort zone and try new things in order to move forward. They are focused and wholly determined and don’t sit around dreaming all day about what they want, they consistently take action to move forward towards their goals.
On the other hand, I meet those who just stay stuck in the same spot. These are the people who want the world to deliver results on their doorstep. They sit and talk about what they want but are not prepared to leave the comfort of their home to really go out there and go after it. They have every excuse in the book and often live within the blame culture.
They put their lack of success down to a situation that happened in the past which had a detrimental effect on them or that they don’t have enough time to do what they need to do. But they have the same amount of hours in the day as everyone else on this planet and do they really believe that they are the only ones to have suffered a setback?
I fully understand that self-confidence may play a part here and a lack of self-confidence can be a hugely debilitating when running a business, but I am talking about those who want the easy option. It really is up to you to choose your attitude and get your business moving forward if you really want to.
Quit with making excuses and waiting for the right time. Just get off your backside and just do it or, JFDI as the saying goes, Just F****** Do It!
If not and you keep doing what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got.
Do you have the right attitude? Yes? Then great. If not, it is time to decide to stop dreaming, procrastinating and blaming and start some doing if you really want to be successful.
Follow these top tips to help avoid procrastination
Procrastination refers to the act of putting off important tasks to a later time.
Procrastination can become a habit which leads to detrimental results in daily life. Bills can be left unpaid, purchases are left to the last minute and planned goals are missed. All of this leads to disappointment, frustration and ultimately increased stress in life.
Don’t let procrastination take over and become a recurring problem in your life by following the tips below.
How to avoid procrastination:
Make a plan
- Write down a list of all the things you need to do
- Make sure each item on the list will take no more than 20 minutes
- If it does, write a sub list to break the task down into bite size chunks
- Put mundane tasks together such as making phone calls or replying to emails
- Set a 20 minute time limit for writing the list – a classic method of procrastination is over planning
- Focus on the sense of achievement you will have once your tasks are completed
- Set a timer for 20 minutes
- Start on the item that you are least looking forward to doing
- After 20 minutes, stop. If you keep going you will just get bored and frustrated
- Once a task is completed, cross it through with a marker pen – very therapeutic
- Leave yourself with a sense of achievement that you have actually started something
- Now go and reward yourself. This may be as simple as a sit down with a cup of tea or a 10-minute nap
- Perfectionism does not exist
- Striving for perfectionism often causes procrastination
- Don’t strive for perfection. Strive for progress
- At the end of each day review your list
- Put a red dot against all the items still left on the list
- As you add items to the list, prioritise tasks to do each day on the one with the most red dots against them
- If you get an item with 7 red dots, consider if it really is important enough to be on the list or whether it can be crossed off as not important.
Stop procrastinating now and start to enjoy that wonderful sense of achievement when you complete all those tasks you were trying to avoid.
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