9 Easy Action Igniters from The Solopreneur’s Guide

November 8th, 2008 by | Print

“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction” – John F Kennedy

 

All solopreneurs experience times when the self-motivation motor isn’t turning over. You get up in the morning and the mind is a little hazier than usual. Your goals for the day are waiting in line behind your need for a cup of coffee, chatting with friends, answering a few emails, completing a couple of personal attentions needs – even re-organizing your closet seems like a more welcoming task than getting down to business.

 

So you make one last attempt by looking at yourself in the mirror and saying, “I am an entrepreneur of action”. And yet sometimes still no spark has been lit.

 

You are a rechargeable battery. Action is the positive terminal, inaction the negative. If you hook up the negative terminal of a battery to the positive, the electrons from the negative terminal flow quick as they can to the positive terminal and wear down the battery in a flash.

 

So what are some steps that you can take to kick in the positive charge of action?

 

Here are 9 easy action igniters:

 

1. Envision your results from inaction.

Most people don’t take action because they perceive the positive results from procrastination. Turn the tables. Enact a paradigm shift. Visualize all the negative results that come from inaction. If not, you’ll soon find that you’ve lost a week’s worth of productivity waiting for the right time to take action. The right time is right now.

 

2. Have a work-first-play-later attitude.

Don’t use up all of your energy on playing. It makes it far too easy to procrastinate. Put your energy to good use getting your daily goals done. You can set up other days for play. If today is a work day, get to work.

 

3. Don’t be afraid of failure.

Fear of failure is one of the deadliest delay makers. Although we don’t hope for failure, welcome the lessons learned from it. Some of the greatest achievements come only after failing first. If you welcome failure (if it comes), you won’t hold back from going for it.

 

4. Prioritize your day from difficult to easy.

Tackle the toughest tasks first when you have the most energy. Carrying around the psychological burden of tough, daunting tasks will only further drain your energy and lessen your effectiveness throughout the day.

 

5. Go with your flow.

If your creative juices are flowing for, let’s say, writing copy – write copy. Don’t frustrate your energy by trying to force it to focus elsewhere. However, keep a check on tasks that you may be avoiding. If you repeatedly put off a necessary task, quickly make the decision to just get it done or outsource it to someone who will.

 

6. Take small steps.

Break down big tasks and goals into smaller loads. Create a list. As you complete each task, check it off. You gain an instant gratification from seeing your tasks completed. Let this momentum carry your forward to tackle the next bite-sized piece of business.

 

7. Create a reward system for yourself.

Sometimes the best reward is a sense of accomplishment. Award yourself with a proverbial “gold star” or some other comforting compensation.

 

8. Set up appropriate breaks.

Sometimes the best reward is taking a break. Gauge your energy for the day – are you feeling like a sprinter or a marathon runner. Set up breaks at appropriate intervals based upon your energy for the day.

 

9. Set a count-down clock.

Have a count-down clock timed to the completion of a goal. Seeing the time ticking down can be a great visual reminder that you better get down to business before you miss out on the rewards at the completion of a goal.

 

These next two aren’t actions – they are necessities.

 

Stay healthy.

Stick with the metaphor of you as a rechargeable battery – the better your health, the bigger and better the charge of the battery. Getting enough rest, exercising regularly, and watching your diet are the best ways to keeping your battery charged.

 

Build a business around your passions.

When I am passionate about something, my energy is up and I get tunnel vision. I can’t wait to get down to work. Inaction isn’t even an option. Ever try to sleep the night before a big event? Passion is one of the best stimulants for action.

 

Beware – both action and inaction create their own perpetual motion.

 

So which will you choose – another wasted day or sparking up some action to getting on with completing your goals?

 

All The Best,

Doug Dolan
The Solopreneur’s Guide

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