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By action I mean doing things that make a difference and move you forward rather than the everyday admin or 'busy work'. As a good client of mine who's a specialist in this area tells me ... success is all about scheduling your priorities, not prioritising your schedule.
Taking regular action on the important things, taking action on our intuition, taking action that supports our goals. This is what we want but often we beat ourselves up because we fail on a regular basis! So, what can we consciously do to keep in action? Here are the four things that I see working most often:
- Invest in one-to-one coaching and mentoring. Reflecting on my own experience of being coached last year, I realised that the number one benefit for me was that it got me into the habit of taking action. And not just during the 3-month period of weekly sessions months later the habit is still with me and just gets reinforced the more one-to-one contact happens. Quite often when we think about coaching the first benefits that come to mind are things like the support and accountability, but the acid test for me is if this all results in you taking action.
- Join or set up a Mastermind group with a leader that creates a space for growth. This helps us be inspired to take action and have the confidence to do so. It's a different environment and experience to one-to-one work you may prefer this or you can do both as each can help you achieve different things, especially if there are some things you are uncomfortable dealing with in a group (however supportive that group may be). You can also set up a more informal Mastermind group where you regularly meet with a group of likeminded business peers to share ideas, find solutions and swap practical tips on what works and so on.
- Co-create something. This is the business equivalent of having a running or exercise partner. When we are co-creating an event, a product, or service or maybe even a joint blog or talk, then our energy rises and expands, we have someone to play with, it increases our sense of commitment and it's just more fun.
- Get a shot of inspiration pick up the phone or meet up and talk to someone. When we sense a slow down, a degree of uncertainty or become unsure of our 'next step', then sussing out what is working for someone else is often just the boost we need to get us moving again. If you are starting to struggle with something, take a look around and see who appears to have got a handle on it and give them a call for a quick chat. This could be someone you know well, someone you just met or even someone you see online who looks like they know what they're doing my experience is that most people are flattered to be asked ... and you'll get a lift from their enthusiasm!
Above all remember that action becomes hard when what we are trying to do is related to a goal that is out of alignment with our values - what we stand for, the person we are in our heart and soul. So, if there is some action that you are really, really struggling with right now, just sit with this thought for a short while ... be honest, and you will know if this is true for you. If it is, then that's actually another, slightly deeper aspect to address!
If you have some "action" tips of your own to share, please do post them here. I'd also like to hear about your success stories with coaching, Mastermind groups or co-creation maybe we could even co-write something about it?
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