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Is it time to get started?

by Alison Bradford

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Do you have something that you really want to do but just aren’t sure when to get started with it?

Maybe you have a new product you want to launch. Perhaps you want to build a new website.  Or maybe you want take the plunge and finally start a new business.

If you’ve been asking yourself ‘when is the right time?’ to get started with something new then the answer is usually NOW.

Seriously, what are you waiting for? To know all the answers? ( you’ll never know these) Until everything is perfect? (nope, won’t happen) A sign of some sort? (take this as it)

I understand that it may seem too big right now and you’re not sure where to start, but start somewhere, anywhere.

Start small

I don’t mean think small, and I don’t mean shrink down what you want to achieve. I simply mean break the big thing down into small steps.

Think of it like one of those huge bars of chocolate you can buy, and then think what the steps are to represent each chunk of the chocolate bar.

It doesn’t matter if you can’t figure out all of the chunks right now. Remember – you don’t need to know all of the answers now. Some of them will only appear once you get started.

You may only get one chunk now – that’s perfect as that is where you need to start.

Keep moving

Once you’ve started, all you need to do now is keep moving.

Each week, make sure you are taking small steps that move you nearer your bigger goal.

It doesn’t matter whether you have a day a week or 30 minutes a week to spend on it, use this time to keep moving forward and taking action.

You’ll be amazed at the momentum that builds and the progress you’ll make by consistently taking small steps forward.

Take stock

Every couple of weeks of so, stop and take stock.

By this I mean, check back to what you want to achieve. Is this still valid? Check if you are still moving towards this, and haven’t got distracted by something else. Is what you are doing working or do you need to change something? What are your customers saying?

What’s stopping you?

If you’re still struggling with how and when to get started, then you need to dig deep and ask yourself ‘what is stopping me?’

To give you a head start with this one, the usual culprits are:

  • Fear – what if I fail?
    • So what? What’s the worst that can happen? At least you tried and you will have learnt loads on your path to help you next time.
  • Feeling that you’re not good enough / don’t know enough
    • You are good enough and you do know enough. These are the negative little chatterboxes in your head and by getting started and making progress, you will soon learn to quiet down these negative voices.
  • I don’t have the time!
    • Then you need to revisit your big goal and why you are doing this. If it is important enough then you will find a way, and you will find the time to make it happen. It may only be 30 minutes a week but spending 30 minutes a week on something will move you forward a lot quicker than doing nothing.

Be accountable to somebody

A great trick  is to make yourself accountable by publicly declaring it. Maybe to a friend or colleague who will check in with you to see how you are doing.

When doing this though, make sure it’s someone who you will actually feel some responsibility to for making it happen.

A mentor or a coach can also be  a great way to hold yourself accountable, particularly if you are making an investment you are likely to feel more committed to achieving the outcome.

If you’re still not sure if now is the right time to get started, or how to chunk down your big goal, then I can help you get some clarity and focus in my 14 day programme ‘The Intense Kick Ass One’.  Are you ready to take the next step and start taking steps to achieve your goal instead of just talking and thinking about? In just 14 days, together we’ll figure out what you need to be doing and by when, as well as how you’re going to do it. How good will that feel? Find out more here.

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Alison Bradford

Alison Bradford is a business coach who works with smart, ambitious business owners to get clarity about how they can grow their business and increase profit. Sign up here to learn 6 easy ways you can boost profit in your business today.

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