The one thing that makes the difference in your job (and life!)
November 10, 2021
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A while ago, I got tired of building new things. Sometimes, I’m exhausted by the constant pressure it takes to change things around; the resistance of people to transform while navigating the chaos.
Trying to innovate gets tiring after a while. And it happens to the best of us.
But when I take a closer look, what exhausts me the most is when things don’t move forward.
When we have to have the same discussions over and over. When we sit in meetings for hours but no action is taken, or we just overcomplicate things.
Recently, I came across this quote by Paul Mellor (who’s a great guy to follow on LinkedIn).
“We avoid risks and criticism because companies are run by accountants and procurement people. The VP of Marketing with a mortgage, kids in private school and a holiday home has a lot to lose to go against the grain. We mistakenly believe that criticism leads to failure, so we hide and avoid negative feedback.”
Firstly, it’s 100% true that very few people in large companies are keen to take risks when they have power, privilege and comfort. And secondly, the quote reinforces my belief that there’s ONE thing that makes a major difference for me when it comes to getting results, changing things and achieving goals.
So try that idea. Call that person. Give that feedback. Present your concept. Show your failures. Explain what you’ve learned.
Just take action.
Sometimes it’s as simple as asking a question or going for a walk to take a break.
So, I invite you to challenge yourself and start to do the ONE thing that makes a difference.
If you feel tired or are currently overwhelmed, don’t worry. Putting things in motion can help.
I know it can be hard to believe the first time, but trust me.
And I’m here to give you a hand by sharing some tricks I use daily to encourage me.
How to keep up an action-driven mindset
Figure out your direction
Define your personal roadmap and take it everywhere with you. Not your big plan for the next 3 years, but a quarterly or monthly roadmap with clear priorities and realistic goals so you can focus your energy on what’s important and the right action to take.
When you have to make a choice and start to doubt yourself, this means you can still move forward.
I do this for 4 areas in my life: the people I love, my health, my job and my fun. My roadmap is written in my notebook and I take it wherever I go.
Take energy-boosting breaks
Initiating action isn’t an easy job. You need to be bold and daring – and that takes energy. A lot of energy. So pay attention to yourself. Take care of yourself. Make sure your batteries are always properly recharged. Sometimes it’s as easy as having a coffee with a friend or going to bed early. Simple pleasures!
Tap into your curiosity
Stay open, read and have discussions with people – especially those who have different ideas to you. Just be cautious not to fall into analysis paralysis. Inspiration is good, but action is the key!
Voila: these are my 3 tricks to keep the action going (while not being exhausted or drained all the time).
Have you mastered taking action? If you’re ready to give it a go, you can sign up for a 30-minute free coaching session with me and I’ll help you out with your next steps and get you unstuck.
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