How do you turn overwhelm into action?
In today’s LEARN OUT LOUD segment, I wanted to share a story with you about overwhelm and action. More specifically how to turn overwhelm into action. But first… let’s explore this…
What is the number one thing new business owners struggle with?
Think about it. You’re just getting started. You’re spinning plates. You’re trying to succeed.
What is it? Traffic? Generating leads? Converting leads? Follow up? Leadership? Mindset? Building an audience? Developing content? Social Media Strategies?
Those are ALL important. There’s A LOT that goes into each one. And mastering each step in the process is equally important. But… that’s not the answer.
What is it then?
Think about it. If you’re growing your new business alongside another job, alongside your family, alongside all your other commitments… the number one concern is that everybody thinks they don’t have…. time. The number one thing that gets in between everybody’s ears is that they don’t have enough TIME to chase their dreams.
Here’s the thing though… Everyone has the same 24 hours a day. Sarah Blakely, Oprah Winfrey, Arianna Huffington… Me… You… We all have the same 24 hours. The people who are utilizing that 24 hours in their day, the right way, are the ones who were getting massive things done in their business.
A little bit of organization goes along way. You don’t have to be militaristic, as my friend Penny says. You just have to have a few things in place to help you keep it all together.
I know for me... leaving the corporate world, and nonprofit management, and freelancing… I craved freedom and I didn't want to bind myself to any particular schedule. But I quickly realized that I needed that structure in order to be successful. Throw in a few kids, homeschool, and running two businesses from home and you’ll realize REALLY QUICKLY just how important structure is. 😉
Finding the time to make it all work is key for everybody. If you have an hour after work, and that's it, you need to maximize that hour. If you have 2 hours before the kids wake up, and that's it, you need to maximize those 2 hours.
We have to get the absolute most out of our time. Every minute. Every hour. Every day.
AND dedicate a few extra hours on the weekend to get where you want to be. Hire a helper for a few hours each week to help around the house, to free yourself to do the things you need to do. Hire a Virtual Assistant to complete the tasks that are time consuming but can easily be delegated to someone else without impacting the flow of your business.
Sticking to a schedule is critical. Failing to plan is planning to fail. You can’t just wing success. It doesn’t happen that way. And it is far easier to maintain momentum than restart every time you realize your focus has strayed.
Now lean in here, because this is what I came to share with you today. It’s something I learned from my friend Penny recently and I thought AHA… this is good. I have to share this!
When you’re new, I recommend implementing the 1:3 rule, in order to avoid overwhelm. When you're learning so much information in the beginning of anything new, and you're trying to share content, connect with people, build your network and tediously do all these things while you're managing all the other 42 spinning plates in the air like you're a guest performer on the Ed Sullivan show.
For every hour you spend… watching videos, listening to podcasts, personal development that you're working through… For every hour that you were consuming information, you need to spend three hours taking action on it and implementing what you've learned. If you stick to the 1:3 ratio you almost can't help but to succeed in your business. Because you are constantly staying in action.
If you don't have four hours to spend on your business, and you only have one hour, then that's 15 minutes you need to spend on personal development and 45 minutes implementing it. If you only have one hour, and you spend that entire hour consuming information, the next day you will spend that entire hour implementing what you've learned.
That's how you keep moving forward. One step in front of the other.
"If you want to play big, you have to bring it every single day."
Or as my friend Romi says… you eat the elephant one bite at a time. You're going to consume one bite at a time. Then you will chew it and digest it. And while you are chewing and digesting… you're going to create content, you'll shoot a video, write a blog post, write a social media post, right one tip, share one tip from what you learned… You consume (bite chew, digest) and implement!
It doesn't matter how much information you learn, if you're not letting it back out. It doesn't matter how much information you learn, if you're not sharing it with the people who need it most. No matter where you are in your journey, if you have watched one video, or one webinar; you have learned more than most people out there.
If you want to play big, you have to bring it every single day. Get organized. Do your homework. Take in your content you need to take in, produce what you need to produce. Share it with people. Then spend your time on income producing activities.
So… what about you? How do you turn overwhelm into action?
I hope you found this helpful. If so, please like, comment, or share with those you feel may benefit from hearing this.
AND if there is an area YOU want to challenge yourself to overcome or master, I would love to hear what it is and see how I can help you.
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Looking forward to continuing to LEARN OUT LOUD with you. Thanks for watching, and until next time… MAKE TODAY AWESOME!