How to Start: A Call to Action for Entrepreneurs
If you’re like 99% of the population, your mind is constantly being flooded with fantastic ideas about how to change your life and revolutionize your business. The thing is, your ideas aren’t the problem. Your lack of action is the problem. In this article, my goal is to get you off your ass and explain how you can get started creating a business that you’re passionate about. I’ve broken it down into 3 simple steps that you can follow.
Step #1: Get Clear
When we don’t know what we need to be doing, it becomes a whole lot easier to procrastinate. We can sit around the house all day and come up with ideas and introspect about successful business philosophy, but the fact of the matter is, we need to take concrete steps to actually make something happen!
You may already have a vision for your business, and that’s great, but you always need to know the very next step if you want to turn your vision into reality. This is how you do it:
- Visualize the business you want. Your plan will be a bit worthless if you ultimately have no idea where it leads to.
- Figure out the essential components you need to have in place in order to realize your vision. This might include things like: a professional website, business cards, a blog, or a youtube channel. Don’t overthink this.
- Decide what the absolute first step is to bring one of these components into reality. Ex.) purchase a domain, hire a website developer, learn Wordpress, etc. Again…don’t over think this.
By now you should have a very clear first step that will move you closer to your dream business.
Step #2: Stop Trying To Convince Yourself to Act and Just Do it
I know, “Just Do It”. Can it get any more cliche than this? Probably not, but here’s the thing. You will never feel like doing it. If you wait till you feel like taking the first step, it’ll never happen. Our brains are designed to prevent us from trying new things because uncertainty means danger to the primitive brain. So to take action, you literally have to force yourself. Trying to convince your brain to do something you don’t want to do is like trying to convince a six-year-old to eat their least favorite vegetable. They never will! But notice, if a child is forced to eat vegetables by his parents, he usually will. In a severely oversimplified metaphor, we are that child, and we must practice self-discipline in order to get the results that we want in life.
Another tip is to use the 5-second rule, created by Mel Robbins. I won’t go into the details now, but definitely check it out in 3 Tips to Overcome Procrastination and Get Shit Done.
Step #3: Create Lasting Motivation
Taking action one time is a good start, but real results come from consistent action over time. Consistent action comes from creating lasting motivation. Notice, I wrote creating. We can’t rely on motivation to just strike us out the blue and expect ourselves to create results consistently. The truth is, motivation comes and goes naturally. Fortunately, we can leverage the psychology of motivation and take responsibility for how motivated we feel on a consistent basis.
Motivation comes from emotion, not logic. For this reason, we must connect to our vision and truly feel what it would be like to achieve our goal, not just once, but every day. For more on how to create lasting motivation, check this out: Click here to check out the article.
I hope you’ve gained value from this article. More importantly, I hope I’ve inspired you to get off your ass and do something that will move you toward your dream business. If there’s anything I can do to assist you, I would be more than happy to help. If you’re wondering who I am, my name is David Miller and I help entrepreneurs overcome procrastination and create the business and lifestyle of their dreams. If there’s anything I can do for you, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, I’m currently offering a free over-the-phone coaching session here. Thank you for reading!