Procrastination is one of the biggest challenges that I see with the people I talk to. Now, a lot of people think that procrastination is about being late for meetings or rushing at the last minute to finish a project or putting your staff under pressure because you failed to follow your plan. But that is actually the small stuff.
The real problem about procrastination is that it is a visibility block. If we let it, procrastination keeps us from doing our one key thing.
All of us have a One Key Thing in the back of our mind or on a to do list. That one key thing that if we did it right now would create a significant shift in our lives or in our business.
Why We Don't Do The One Key Thing
You might site the following reasons:
- not enough money,
- not enough time,
- don't know how,
- lack of a solid support system,
- challenges believing that we can do the one key thing,
- disbelief that we are good enough for the one key thing.
Defining Your One Key Thing
So, get really quiet and ask yourself:
What is the one key thing that I'm avoiding doing right now, that if I did it would move my business forward? Tweet
What did you hear? Your key thing might be a
- phone call
- new product or service
- commitment to something
- difficult conversation
- change in personal/business habits
- change in mindset
It could be something that takes a long time or just a few minutes.
“What is the one key thing that I'm avoiding doing right now, that if I did it would move my business forward?” Tweet
There are thousands of decisions that we make in any given day, some conscious and some unconscious. This one key thing that you just identified is the activity, behavior or thought pattern that you know will shift and improve your business and life right now.
The boldest thing you can do right now is take action right away. Don't question it. Just go do it.
What is Truly Standing In Your Way of Doing It?
What true and big obstacles are in your way of taking action on your one key thing today? Get really specific. What has gotten in your way? Who has gotten in your way? Anyone discouraging you? How are they discouraging you? Are you discouraging you?
Identify Your Resources
Can you identify anyone that has made a similar shift in their business? Could you connect with them to get tips or a template for completing your one key thing? Who could be your accountability partner? What technology or other tools do you have in place to help you make it happen? What strengths and natural talents do you have that you can tap into? List out all of your resources so that you can tap into them!
Ask: What is the Next Action Necessary to Make it Happen?
Often, people get caught up in overwhelm over all of the steps necessary to complete a project or task. Instead, ask yourself,
“What is the next action I need to take to make this one key thing happen?”
Then, when it is done, look at the next action and so on.
If you're not quite sure how to do that, get help.
Please, don't let this get by you. You know you were meant for important things! Everything you're here to do and share with the rest of us depends on boldly knocking this one out. Then identify the next one key thing and do it again.
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