I have news for you, it’s normal.
We all have these feelings at different points in our lives.
As entrepreneurs, there is no manual that says if you just do these steps you will get a guaranteed result.
It’s often a bumpy ride.
Over the course of my career, I've learned a few powerful lessons I think are key to help you grow in both business and as a person.
1. Just Make A Choice
Why is it that when we are faced with choices we debate which choice is the best?We agonise over it and wonder what will happen if we make the wrong choice?By not making a choice you drive yourself mad, build scenarios in your head and paralyse yourself with fear.
Just make a choice.
Even if it’s the wrong one you will be okay, I promise.
You will always adjust the compass to figure out what you need to change to get back on track.
2. Knowledge Vs Action
It is my belief that you know what you need to do.It is also my belief that you don’t need to be smart or gifted to be successful.It’s also my belief that being overwhelmed is a feeling you create for yourself when you’re not taking enough action.
I’ve been there, done that and when I feel overwhelmed I know I’m consuming more than I’m producing.
We all know enough to create a million dollar business, but we run around in circles buying new products, courses, reading more books and then do nothing with them.
We’re all about consuming information and we constantly preach about upgrading our skills.
However, without taking action on what you learn the knowledge part is useless.
The guy who watches Netflix all day and saves his money is smarter in our opinion because he’s not left feeling overwhelmed.
The missing ingredient to success is massive action.
Even if you fail it’s okay. You will figure out what to do right from your failures.
3. One Hour of Research And Two Hours of Action
Now, I personally follow one hour of research and 10 hours of action, but I’m going to assume if you’re reading this you’re still trying to put together the pieces.For every hour you study, you should be doing two hours of work implementing what you learn.This is where the magic happens.
This is how you avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed.
You will only be overwhelmed when you fill your head with information and do nothing with it.
Think about a day you listened to some amazing podcasts or read a good blog post.
Now think of a day you read crappy content.
At the end of the day, both types of content are about the same if you do nothing with it.
Action is where the money is.
Spend more time implementing and less time consuming.
4. Income Producing Activities Vs Busy Work
Most people spend their time on busy work. I know I did.Busy work is everything that won’t actually make you money anytime soon.Some of this stuff is necessary if you don’t have the money to outsource, but it should go at the end of your day.
These things should all be put at the end of your day.
Focus your time on things that will allow your business to grow and that will put money in your bank account.
Sometimes this means it will make you uncomfortable and most of the time it will be things that you’re avoiding doing.
It’s easy to focus your time on busy work because it makes you feel productive and you get to say “I did something today”, but at the end of the week, you’re left not accomplishing much.
Focus on things like:
These are the high leverage tasks all of your time should be spent on.
Generating more leads for your business, building a relationship with those leads and making sales.
Everything else is busy work.
I spend the first 4-6 hours of my day on this stuff while I’m inspired, have the energy and don’t have as many distractions.
I fit everything else at the end of the day when I have spare time.
I know for most of you that means doing this at the end of your night after work.
I’ve been there.
It’s not fun, but it has to be done.
By focusing on things that will drive your business forward and putting busy work off until later, you will be far more productive and start producing results.
Whenever you want to do busy work stop and ask yourself “Will this really help me grow my business or can this wait?”
Don’t be like me, someone that wasted time on meaningless activities I called work.
It cost me a lot of money and frustration.
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