Today I’m going to reveal the truth as to why the competition’s sold out and you’re still struggling. This post is an excerpt from the already best-selling Your Best Year 2018: Productivity Workbook and Online Business Planner.
Buckle your seat belts because, oh boy, here it comes. This is about to be your biggest, baddest year yet.
Let’s imagine that you’ve just made an appointment with a world-class business mogul, and that meeting is scheduled exactly one month from today. She’s interested to see what you’re working on, and in exchange for her time and advice, you need to present everything you have so far (website, blog, social media, storefront, etc.).
- What would you do to prepare your presentation?
- Which parts of your business would you be ashamed to share?
- What would you frantically try to correct before the meeting?
- How would you package your skill set to make it even more appealing?
Therein lie the answers to why they’re sold out and you’re still struggling. There are nagging tasks that each of us knows we should be doing, but we haven’t taken action on them. Either you’re just plain scared to invest or you’re stalled in the face of overwhelm and uncertainty. But the truth is, most of us know exactly what we need to do next … we’re simply not doing it.
What do you do instead?
More importantly, when you know you should be taking action, what do you do instead? What’s your go-to procrastination technique? Mine’s clicking on the internet, and because you’re in online business, I’ll bet you can relate.
Mindless clicking is a hazard of the job. It’s certainly not productive, and would we even call it fun? No! It’s pure avoidance. That clicking loop (Facebook, Pinterest, email, Instagram, email, Facebook, etc.) is ruthlessly sucking energy from your day and stealing time from your life.
Many of us will find that we give precious time to wasteful internet consumption in our morning routines, in waiting rooms, at red lights, and even during quality time with loved ones. We’re conditioned to do it, but it’s time to question that conditioning.
None of us—not one!—are going to get to the end of our lives and say, “I wish I would’ve replied to more emails.” That’s a fact that we can all agree to, but how we want to spend our lives and where we invest time each day are often a paradox.
What do you need to improve to be top dog in your industry? Take action on it today. Here’s to Your Best Year yet.
You hit the nail right on the head! this is a good read. Thank you. I’m stepping up my game.
Thank you, Lisa!
I just received YBY2018 and Im so excited to start working in it! I am not an online entrepreneur but a scientist – however, running an academic lab is in many ways similar to a creative business and I found much of your advice resonates. Ive been using a bullet journal (which has been great) but needed something to help with longer term strategy and focus. Looking forward to planning grant submissions, experiments, and upcoming publications in your workbook!
I love that you apply Your Best Year to your career and that it resonates so well! Thanks so much for sharing, Allie xx
Love this Lisa, I love your description of the clicking loop…so true!
Thank you, Laura xx
Oh my. This is just what I was doing when I hit on your post. Must stop now that I’ve read your post.
Thanks for the reminder from YBY!! Definitely a savory nugget from the book.
Yes! So true and just what I needed to hear right now. Thank you Lisa and can’t wait to dive into my YBY2018!