With a new year comes a fun new series I’ve been dreaming about for awhile: Do This, Not That.
Today’s topic: action-taking.
That’s right, we’re going to discuss the do’s and don’t’s of action taking. Because how you take action plays a key role in the results of your actions.
I know you’re someone who wants to take action and see results, and that’s exactly what I want to help you do, so you can start the new year off right! Let’s dive in.
Do This #1 – Plan Your Action
Whether you’re new or experienced, business always comes with a never-ending to-do list. There’s always more you can do to grow your business, build your client roster, make money, and make a difference.
The great thing is that you’ll never be bored! The problem is that there’s so much to do that unless you’ve properly planned ahead, your actions are likely to be haphazard and unfocused, as if you’re trying to do everything all at once.
To successfully take action and ensure that your action leads to results, you must plan your action steps. If you haven’t walked through my Steal This! Business-Building Action Plan yet, get on it. Plan ahead exactly what you’re going to do so you’re able to focus and get results!
Not That #1 – Random, Whimsical Action
I want you to take planned, deliberate action. This ensures that your business is moving toward the goals you want to achieve.
The opposite of that, the thing I don’t want you to do, is to take random, whimsical action. It might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised at how easily we can all get caught doing random stuff — myself included!
Stay focused on what you want to create and keep moving forward on your big plan. Ensure you’re doing exactly what you need for your business.
Do This #2 – Take Your Best Shot
Even armed with a good plan, many of us are afraid to take action for the fear that we won’t do it right. I hear you! That voice of perfection whispers in my ear, too.
The truth is that you can never get anything perfect the first time, no matter how much time you spend planning, thinking, scheming, brainstorming, and risk-mitigating. Doing something for the first time comes with unknowns, and it’s okay!
Instead of shooting for perfection, shoot for your best. Do you best work, take your best guess, and give it a fair effort. That’s really all you can do. Tweet that!
Not That #2 – Over-Interpret the Results
This next part is very important!! Once you take action (which might not be perfect, especially when it’s your first time) you absolutely must not over-interpret the results!
I spend a lot of time coaching my Make It Work Online clients on this point. Since that program is all about taking action to build your online business, they try a lot of things for the first time. They might be scared, uncertain, and worried about not doing it right, but they do it anyway (they’re awesome like that!). And once they act, they must not worry about what does or doesn’t happen.
You might think this sounds crazy, but it’s absolutely essential. Why? Because if you overreact to every blog post that doesn’t receive a comment, every social media post that doesn’t get likes, or networking contact that doesn’t pan out, you’d quit in a hot minute!
So I want to to set the record straight. There will be blog posts that don’t get comments, even if your list is several hundred or thousand people. There will be many social media shares that won’t get liked no matter how popular you become. There will be networking contacts who don’t pan out, classes that don’t fill, sales emails that result in crickets, and products that flop. And it’s all okay!
In fact, it’s an essential part of the learning process. (I see you rolling your eyes!) THE BEST thing you can do for yourself is not over-interpret the immediate results of your actions, especially when it’s your first time doing something. Don’t assume that no one likes what you write, interested in what you have to say, or will ever work with you — that’s hogwash!!
In order for these actions to pay off, you have to keep doing them, And, you have to one more important thing: make sure you’re pushing your energy out into the world.
Do This #3 – Focus Your Action Outward
As we talked about last fall when I shared Your Online Business Success Formula, your action must be accompanied by an outward energy.
Many women I know spend time working inside their businesses but don’t every push that energy outward. They write blog posts, they think about their next steps, they browse other people’s blogs or social media posts, and they make plans — all of which are done inside.
Those things are necessary, and in order to make your business work, you need to let the world know you exist! And to do that you need to push your energy out into the world.
Do your work. Let people know you’re there to help them. Show up online. Show up in the real world. And keep at it.
Not That #3 – Keep the Doing Inside
If pushing energy outward is essential to success, then the opposite, keeping all of the energy inward, is a business killer. As I just said, doing the work in your head, on your computer, or in your office… but never clicking send, never hitting publish, and never attending a networking event means your business won’t go anywhere.
Success requires you to put your energy outward, not keep it inside, so put yourself out there (even if it’s scary!). Tweet that!
Now, it’s your turn.
I’ve shared with you my top three do’s and don’t’s for action taking. I know there are more, and I’d love to hear from you!
Which of the top do’s and don’t’s were much needed reminders for you as you dive into the new year?
What are you going to do differently after reading these ideas?
When it comes to taking action, what have you learned that you’d like to share with others?
I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got in the comments below!