We have more ideas and responsibilities than we have time in a day. Plus, every piece of success seems to come with new challenges. In fact, opportunities come from the challenges that we’ve learned how to maximize. And since we can’t control everything that happens, we might as well learn how to move forward in spite of it.
If being overwhelmed is your issue, then start with one thing at a time.
One new lesson a month.
You can learn it by reading a book, completing an online program, attending a local marketing class. However you choose to learn the lesson, find one key point and focus in on it until you understand it enough to use it.
In this information age, we tend to “spot” read and “half” know. In turn, we know about things, but we don’t know how to use them. We don’t know how to make them work for our business. So break this cycle on purpose.
And you don’t have to do the legwork yourself. Assign it to someone on your team, but make sure it’s learned and used to benefit your company before the month is over.
One new business relationship a week.
Has it been a year and you haven’t met new people, established new relationships, connected with clients? Then it’s time for an adjustment. Make a point to establish one new business relationship a week.
The key to what we want often lies in who we know. Expand your circle.
One new marketing action per month.
Decide to use what you learn. Avoid being one of those people who always studies, but seldom acts. This is not school; we’re not cramming for a test in an hour. This is business; we are learning in order to move our companies and lives forward.
Implementing one new marketing strategy or updating one old one each month gives you a chance to understand, develop, execute, measure and tweak the strategy so that you get the most out of it.
One primary goal for each day.
Sure, you have a list of 19 things to be before noon—who doesn’t? But can you really finish all that today? And if not, why is it on your list making you feel anxious and unsuccessful?
So take a look at that list and circle the most important thing on it. Choose to tackle that item today, no matter what. Go after what matters most everyday and you’ll find yourself much closer to your goal.
This holds true for down time as well. There should be some days in every month where your biggest assignment is to laugh hard and sleep often. You are human; rest matters. And the best ideas tend to come after a break, so take your day. The work will be here when you get back.
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