This is the third of a five-part series where I’m walking you through the five steps of transformation and why each step is essential when you’re ready to make a huge shift and uplevel your business and/or life.
Step 1 is to pause and step 2 is to make a decision.
What’s the third step? Take action.
But, not just any action. The opposite action you would normally take.
For instance, let’s say every time you sit down to work on a new program for your business, you find yourself suddenly distracted by Facebook or needing to do the laundry. Six months later, your business hasn’t changed because you haven’t completed creating your new program.
Or, maybe that happens every time you sit down to write a blog post or an email to your subscriber list. So, in six months time, you’ve only posted three times on your blog or sent a couple emails.
No wonder you haven’t gotten any traction in your business.
But, if you decide when you take action you instead take the exact opposite action you would normally take, which in this case would look like consistently working on your program or your marketing, in six months your business has the potential of looking very different.
Don’t be fooled by how simple this sounds. Yes, to take action IS simple. But it’s not easy.
I have some tips that can help.
First, you have to be aware of your patterns of behavior and what you normally do so you can actually DO the opposite. Start by observing your actions, wherever you’re stuck. Observe what you do. You don’t have to change anything right now. Just observe your actions.
Another way to pinpoint this is to look at a pattern you have. For instance, are you chronically late for some appointments but not others? Why is that? What is it about those appointments you show up late for that’s causing you to do that?
Once you know what your actions are, now do the opposite. If you’re chronically late, force yourself to show up on time. If every time you sit down to work on your program or write a blog post, you disappear into Facebook, turn Facebook off and force yourself to keep going.
This is what I did when I was working on my new blog. My pattern is to start to get frustrated when I don’t see results soon enough and either start second guessing myself and tinkering with the strategy or just abandon it altogether.
What I did instead is I kept going. I told myself I had put together a plan and I had committed myself to following that plan for at least a year, and that was what I was going to do. Follow my original plan.
I wasn’t going to tinker. I wasn’t going to stop.
I was going to keep going.
And, you know what happened? Well, that’s what we cover in Step 4.
(And if you’re wondering exactly how you can get everything you want simply by flipping your perspective? Check out the first episode here.)
If you liked this episode, you may also like my “Love-Based Money and Mindset” book.
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