Ask Vasavi: Vasavi Kumar, a YFS Magazine small business advice columnist, shares tips on how to take action in their lives and businesses in unconventional and fearless ways.
Dear Vasavi: As a small business owner, how can I take more action on a consistent basis?
Answer: No action equals no results. So, why is it so difficult to take action sometimes?
What holds many small business owners back is fear, self-doubt and a lack of confidence. What really holds most entrepreneurs back in business is this: they are waiting to increase their capacity to take action.
Essentially, they are waiting to be “ready” to take the next step. But, I have learned that there’s no such thing as being ready. You have to do it, be willing to fail, and get back up and do it again.
Here are four simple yet effective tips to help you take more consistent action in your business:
1. Have a vision.
When you can see where you’re going, the right action to take becomes much clearer.
2. Do the uncomfortable.
Take the action you tend to avoid. Get out of your comfort zone. It’s all about shifting your mindset on what’s possible.
3. Reconnect with your purpose.
If you’re feeling stuck, you need to get back to “why” you’re doing what you’re doing. Sometimes, you just need to remind yourself why you went into business in the first place.
4. Find an accountability partner.
Often times as a small business owner we need someone that cares (just as much or) more than we do. It is easy to let yourself off the hook, so hiring a coach or being part of the right community can make all the difference.
Remember: the bottom line is—no action, no results. Period.
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