Are you like most Entrepreneurs who over complicate things in your business? Instead of taking imperfect action you wait for perfection. This has been me when creating videos for my business. I have come up with every excuse in the book not to take action. Oh I am not a good video editor, I don’t want to be on camera, I don’t have this piece of equipment or software…excuse after excuse. Then one day I was preparing this blog post about ways to stop over complicating this in your business. This post is to urge my clients and tribe to take imperfect action in their business. Well, to encourage you to take imperfect action, I dusted off the video software and created the video below to highlight the following four tips for the blog post.
Your Four Steps
In no way this video perfect but I took action and got it done. So as you look to take imperfect action and stop over complicating this in your business remember to:
Define the Tasks – Be clear about the tasks that you to complete and the results you expect up front.
Focus on Deliverables – Instead of worrying about the process and how someone does something, create checklists based off deliverables for every project that you’re involved in so that you can get the tasks done.
Set Milestones and Deadlines – Set milestones and deadlines based on the expectations of what you want to do.
Let Go of Perfection – This is the hardest tip to carry out. When you are operating a business based on your purpose and passion you want everything to be perfect before you show the world. But let go of perfection and remember you can edit, update and change at anytime. We are not perfect humans and imperfect actions is better than no action….
Here are a few bonus tips to also help you get away from over complicating things.
Use a Project Management System – There are many project management systems such as Basecamp.com, Asana.com and others. It’s imperative that you use a project management system to keep track of the things that are to be done each day, week and month. I use Asana.com for my bigger projects.
Acknowledge Your Progress – By acknowledging your process you will make feel better about your accomplishments and stay motivated to complete a bigger project.
Ask for Help – No matter how much you want to you can’t do everything. No successful business owner can. Know when you need to ask and seek the help you need.
Between writing this blog post and completing the tool inventory I mentioned in A Challenge For You – Use What the Tools You Got I have become more comfortable with taking imperfect action in my business. But what’s more important is what will help you take action in your business. Comment below to let me know what imperfect action you will take today.
Today I have a challenge for you! Use the tools you have….
Recently, I stopped and took my annual stock in the tools, programs and services I have purchased for my business. I used the tool inventory worksheet I created about a year ago to keep track of every course, software, program and service I purchased or downloaded free for my business. As always this review was an eye-opener. The review identified several items I am not utilizing and my return on investment (ROI) was minimal compared to what it could be for my business.
Those tools include:
Landing Page Software
Social Media Scheduling Software
Video Creation Software
It’s interesting because these are items I know will help carry out the vision God has given me. But I am still procrastinating on taking action and utilizing them. Now that I have the awareness of what I haven’t been doing I have committed myself to utilizing the social media scheduling software and video creation software more over the next three months. The trick in this commitment is utilizing them effectively. In order to ensure I am utilizing as intended in my business, I am utilizing a technique I use with some clients when they need to switch things up (do something different).
Create A Focused Plan
I call it FOCUSED PLANNING. In a nutshell focused planning is about highlighting the area you want to on and doing something every day to making it happen (If you would like more information about focused planning contact me or leave a comment below). This will help me develop the habit of utilizing the tools and moving along in implementing God’s vision.
FOCUSED PLANNING has helped me repurpose a piece of content I had written into a video using a piece of software I picked up last year. Check out Power of A Journal. Over the next three months I will be creating other videos and using my social media planning software to post to Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and LinkedIn. Be sure to follow me so you don’t miss out.
Since FOCUSED PLANNING moves you to take action, I challenge you to use what you got! Start with these three steps.
Take Inventory of What You Got – It is difficult to use what you have if you don’t know what you have. So make a list of the tools, programs and web-based services, free downloads you have for your business. Include information about what the tool does, the initial cost, reoccurring cost and how you can use it. Include tools you have free versions of as well. Download a free copy of the Tool Inventory Worksheet I used to take inventory of what I have.
Are there reoccurring fees? If so are you going to use the tool within the next three months? If not consider cancelling or downgrading your service until you are ready to use it.
How can you integrate the tool, program or service into your business today? In order to use what you got you have to know how you are going to use it. Choose two or three items you haven’t been using which will help your business vision. Commit to using them for the next three months. Create a plan and use it.
Then come back and leave a comment below to let me know how it went.
“Now I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, while the men who were with me did not see the vision; nevertheless, a great dread fell on them, and they ran away to hide themselves.” – Daniel 10:7
Starting and running a business isn’t easy in a world stressing six-figure incomes, being a person of influence, and implementing “formulas” for success. Often when we work through the “vision of the world” we end up feeling like a failure because we only made $100 last month, have one or two faithful customer and the formula that worked for others (i.e. everybody else) isn’t working for us. By trying to be like everyone else we are missing the greatest gift…serving God’s purpose for our life!
Before reading on, take a moment to think back to the moment the vision for your business was revealed to you..How did you feel? Did think success would happen overnight? Was it about the money? Was it from God?
If you already have a business…What changes have you made since day 1? What keeps you going each day when things get tough? Is it of God?
Your answers to these questions can offer some great insight into where you have been. Now let’s look ahead. As you take your next step forward, the most important thing you can do is to shake up your journey and start seeing your business from God’s perspective so your vision aligns with His vision.
You need to realize your business is to run based on God’s will not yours. In order to receive the riches you won’t have room enough to receive you need to work under His law not mans. Also, acknowledge when you are using God as the reason for moving forward with your desires not His….
So with each step forward be sure to:
Have faith and continually pray
Persevere and don’t let defeat or fear derail you
Be patient for it won’t happen in your time but in God’s Time
Be Disciplined and do what needs to be done to make things happen
Today, I am continuing to work on the vision God has given me. I am excited about what has been placed in me. I have made my plan for K. Gaskins Consulting and I am working the plan to make sure my place in God’s Story is told.
So where are your actions taking you? Not sure if you are on the right path schedule a free discovery session today.
Praying Your Success,
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