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Don't just move ... act if you want to be successful

By unknown | Apr 24, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Life and business coach Stephanie Ward says many businesses don't take off because they are always in motion instead of action.

Life and business coach Stephanie Ward says many businesses don't take off because they are always in motion instead of action.

She says entrepreneurs should stop being in motion and act.

The difference between the two is that motion keeps you busy and action creates momentum and the results you want.

Action is something that moves you closer to your goals and has direction. Motion, on the other hand, is simply movement in no particular direction and could mean going around in circles.

Ward says it is important to take action on strategies you already have in place (or have been planning to put into place). The information you have is the information that can take you forward.

Usually people tend to look for solutions far away when it is right in front of them. In case you have a list of things you are planning to do, you need to choose the one that appeals to you most, she says.

Ward says if you are not quite ready to start a new move, you should take a look at what is working in your business and do more of that.

For example, if speaking attracts new clients to your business you should speak more.

If networking brings in more business, make sure you attend more events. If direct marketing works, expand your list.

According to Ward delaying action is a waste of time and energy. Every time you think about doing something and then decide not to do it you are wasting time you could have used to get things done.

"Fear is often the cause of inaction," Ward says. "See if you can identify any specific fear you have about taking a particular action.

"Then ask yourself: is it real? What would be the worst thing that could happen if you moved forward? Usually you'll find that the situation is far less scary than you had imagined."

So you have to keep moving forward by taking one step at a time. What can you do right now, no matter how small it seems, to move your business ahead? You are creative, so find a way to make progress even if it isn't how you originally planned it.

The good news is that you can take action even if you feel scared. It doesn't have to stop you.

Ward stresses that when you take action, in addition to building your business, you also build your confidence, which will inspire you to take even more action.

So at the end of each day you should ask yourself: what action did I take today that will help me reach the goals I have set for my business? Make sure you have a clear and resounding answer.

In conclusion, quoting her, you should always remember that: "The bottom line is that you have the power to take action right now, today, and every day after that.

"So tap into your courage and be willing to do what you know will create a more profitable business."


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