Enjoy this week’s guest post from Britt Sullivan on taking the next step in your business.

You’ve worked hard to learn all this great info on how to start or run your business successfully. You know what you need to do to take your business to the next level.  

So now what?

Now it’s time to implement what you have learned and that is often more difficult than simply learning it. Without action however, the knowledge doesn’t do you much good.  

Now it’s time to implement what you have learned and that is often more difficult. Without action the knowledge, doesn’t do you much good. Click To Tweet

Do you want a surgeon who has studied for years but has never done an actual surgery to operate on you?  I mean, theory is great, but until they know just how to hold the scalpel, I think I’ll pass.  

What about an airline pilot who has taken all the classes but has yet to fly on their own?  I’m not going to volunteer to be a passenger on a plane where the pilot has never navigated  his or her way through turbulent skies.

It’s the actual doing of the tasks that move us forward and help us successfully achieve our goals. But how do you get started?  A lot of us get overwhelmed at this point. I’m going to make it easy and break it down into some practical steps.

Getting into action

I like to start with a data dump. I use everything I have learned to create a list of things to do. Small things. Big things. Anything I can think of. I just get it all down on paper so I can see it in black and white.  This stops my mind from bouncing from task to task, constantly trying to remember what I’m supposed to be doing. It frees up brain capacity for more important things.

Next, pick three things from that list.  Here you have an option. You can pick tasks that are easy or tasks that will move you the furthest forward. Take note that they are not usually the same things.  I personally like a mix of the two and I’ll tell you why.  

I want to show myself what success looks and feels like

I want to prove to myself that I can get into action.  That I can get 1% closer to my goal every day. Why 1%?  Because if you pick the three hardest things on your list and you only get them 50% done, how does that feel? In my former perfectionist life, it felt like a failure.  How motivated are you to keep working when you feel like a failure? So, pick two things that you can do pretty easily and then give that third, harder task some serious attention.    

Once you can consistently complete the original three tasks, add in 1-3 more. This way you are stacking actions on top of each other to gain more and more momentum. In this method, you are also given the time to evaluate what’s working and what’s not so you don’t spend time doing things that don’t help your business.

Added bonus

I’m here to tell you that the way you do one thing is the way you do everything.  So, that means as you reach your 1% goals of getting into action to move your business forward, you are also learning how to create, and reach, 1% goals in other areas of your life.  Ever noticed how much more you can get done, both personally and professionally, when you feel good and have energy? As entrepreneurs and small business owners, we have a lot on our plates and no one has time to feel tired, run down and unmotivated.  I can guarantee you that if you move your wellness forward 1% each day, it will pay dividends in your business.

Want to learn more?

I highly recommend the book Atomic Habits by James Clear if you are looking to go deeper in this topic on your own.  If you want more personalized help, I’d recommend you hire a coach who can walk beside you to help empower you to get and stay in action that will up level your business and your life.

Britt Sullivan is an Executive Life Coach with a focus on productivity at the Calm Strength Group. She is also an Associate Director of Meetings & Special Projects, where she holds a Certified Meeting Professional certification. Britt has learned, sometimes the hard way, what it’s like to juggle multiple priorities and how to prioritize tasks so she can work efficiently and effectively to have time for what’s most important to her.  

Britt invites you to follow her at Calm Strength Group or to join the Society of Empowered Leaders (SEL).  SEL is an online community of women leaders who motivate each other, ask for and give practical advice that can be immediately implemented, and help drive each other outside of our comfort zones and toward our goals.