This is the ultimate curse when getting started in business. I’ll get to it later. I’ll run that marketing campaign later. I’ll shoot that video later. I’ll create that info product later.
What are you doing right now that is stopping you from doing it RIGHT NOW?
The answer might be more daunting than you think. We are all guilty of procrastinating. A little Facebook here and reading some blogs there (like you might be doing now). This never hurt anyone did it?
My guess is that many of the successful entrepreneurs that you envy, the Branson’s, the Jobs’s, the Tony Robbins’s and the like are NOT doing it. They are busy working. Making things happen in their business.
Creating, networking, shaking hands and kissing babies.
Doing whatever it takes to get their business off the ground.
I speak to far too many people who want the lifestyle (link to Tuesday’s post) and spend hours daydreaming about it, but who keep putting it off. I hear it all the time.
“Let’s follow up at the top of next month”
“Sounds great, but we are busy right now, things will cool off soon and then we can start building this business that I’d rather be building”
Excuses, maybe. Sales objections? Possibly.
But more likely they are scared of the unknown. Of something new. Of potentially failing at building the life they truly want. Of helping more people. Of changing more lives. Of the work and responsibility that comes with affecting more people.
I keep reading multiple versions of this same quote online nearly once-a-day lately (paraphrased below)
There are variations of that quote, but essentially it goes back to what you want from life and what things you are willing to do to get there. What fires you up in the morning. It sure isn’t any more damn TPS Reports. Or dealing with problem clients. Or putting out fires. Or whatever else gives you a reason to daydream about better things, better days, the vacation time coming up or the business that one day will be.
Today I want to say, STOP.
Stop putting it off. Stop making excuses. Stop waiting for the perfect time.
My wife and I have been joking about having kids for the past 3 years now, waiting for the perfect time. There never is one.
We’d try to find a 9-12 month windows with the least amount of big plans, events, etc in them, but it never opened up and honestly it never will. The sky will never open and shine down and say today is the day.
So we went for it. It’s been an amazing journey so far (you can see our announcement video here) and while it’s scary moving into the future, we took the leap.
When I left Corporate America to start selling products online, nearly everyone thought I was crazy. They still think I’m crazy but can’t deny the amazing things I’ve been able to generate for myself and my family.
It starts with a decision. A decision to do it today. Let’s get stared. It’s not easy, but it is rewarding. And it’s a journey that is better and more fun than not going on the journey at all.
What are you going to do today? Let me know in the comments.
photo courtesy of Montauk Beach