I had a conversation with someone about growing my business. She asked me a simple question: “What have you done this week to move forward?” It was a question to which I didn’t have an answer because I had done nothing.
If you are like me, you’re an excellent planner and researcher. I have spent years researching the heck out of marketing, social media and downloading “How To…” ebooks. My weakness comes in putting that knowledge into action. It seems so simple yet fills me with dread. Why would I not take the steps to succeed? Fear of failure is hard to overcome but it’s even worse when that failure comes from not trying at all.
My friend’s reply to my situation was simple. For every hour of researching and planning you do, put an hour of effort into taking action. Still too much to handle? Here’s a simple exercise to build confidence while moving forward:
Make a promise to yourself today and make it a promise you can keep. It can be as simple as “I promise to breathe all day long.” By the end of the day you can say you’ve kept that promise and tomorrow you can take another step towards your goal. Repeat this every day and whether the task be simple or complex you will always be moving forward.
My promise to myself today was to complete and publish a blog post. After neglecting my blog for nearly a year, I can say I kept that promise and you know what? It feels pretty good! What else will I achieve today? What will you accomplish?