The world’s number one business killer is delaying things.
I’ve used to have plenty of ideas – I still am. But, no matter hard I work, I weren’t simply go beyond the startup phase.
I started tens of business, and fail nine of them. This is caused by one thing only – delaying things.
I’ve spent lots of resources, especially time, to build businesses. But I can’t get even one to the next level beyond the startup phase. Do you know what was my only surviving business? a franchise unit – which is, as long as you have found a great location, a great franchise, a large sum of money and great management skills, you can get yours rolling due to a set system to follow.
I want more than just owning a franchise unit. I want to build something. I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but my habit failed me.
Many of the business and personal development courses I attended focus around one, single, issue – If you want to be successful, stop delaying things, and start getting busy!
I decided that it’s time to change my habit, otherwise I can only achieve nothing.
How to stop delaying things
From my past, bitter, experience, I can suggest you the following tips to stop delaying things:
- Set this in your mind – If you don’t do what you have to do today, you’ll probably loss an opportunity of a lifetime tomorrow.
- Break your daily activities into small, 15 minutes tasks, and stick to it. You’ll be amazed how many things you can achieve in a day.
- If yo have an ‘eureka’ moment, write it down immediately in a log book, or better yet, a blog. Then, act on it ASAP.
- Develop a habit – Like it or not, human being is a creature of habit – If you feel making 10 follow up phone calls a day to 10 of your more important clients is crucial in surviving your business, then make it a daily target that has to be achieved whatsoever. The more you do this, the easier it becomes.
- Prioritise your activities – do the more important ones first. Consider the 80/20 rule.
- Don’t feel sorry for your self – it’s a strong excuse to delay things! i.e. “I am really don’t feel well today – I’ll do this tomorrow when I feel better” – as long as you are not hospitalised, this is actually a lame excuse we make to ourselves.
- Work hard, play hard – reward yourself for not delaying things.
- Remember this: You can delay things, but your business can’t wait on your laziness! When you delay, your business moves on with or without your guidance.
- Worrying usually causes you to delay things – so, stop worrying and start meeting up deadline!
- Last but not least – Fact: There are stiff competitions out there – Would you delay if your and your business survival are dependent on how well you respond to issues? There are lots of ‘delayers’ out there – act now might put you ahead of the competition.
Just do it – now!
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