Taking Action Background
For the last year, I’ve had a vision of a site I wanted to create. I’ve thought about it and made notes of the direction I wanted to go with it. I’m working with Yaro Starak’s Blog Mastermind program which will take me through the steps I need to take to build a successful blog. As long as I was taking action consistently, I would be fine.
I’ve done the research that I could, thought some more about the direction I wanted to go with it and committed to start the process.
My idea was that it would be a site where people could get help making their lives richer and more exciting. Knowing that the human ego will do everything it can to keep things the same, I wanted to make sure people had a choice of difficulty levels. I believe that big changes come from consistent little improvements but not everybody is at the same level so there should be a scale for these things. I’d probably rate them from one to five. One would be something like choosing a different place to go out to eat and a five would be along the lines of skydiving.
New Site Premise
It was important to me the site would have two major components: the activities (Challenges) and the mindset training (Foundation). I fully realize that people need not only new things to try but help with how they view these challenges. That way, I could stay true to the mission I started here on Success With Focus.
I have visualized and meditated on this and I truly believe this IS my life’s work! Helping people get out of their sucky day to day existence and really work on creating a bigger life for themselves.
Each week or so, there would be some new training and an activity to go with it. I would be doing the activity most times and reporting back on how it went for me. Each post would have a standard format so they were all quickly scannable because who isn’t busy these days? I wanted to make sure each article could be absorbed and the reader would be taking action quickly.
With all these ideas recorded and sorted, I decided to do something I’ve not done since starting my online business: pay somebody to build the site. In Yaro’s Laptop Lifestyle Academy (not affiliate link), I’ve met a bunch of quality people. These people are all about taking action too! One of them is a web developer named Kerry Russell. She owns a company called the Blog Mechanic where she builds sites for clients and also has plans for maintaining them.
After a few initial emails, I committed to have her build my site. The first steps are always the scariest but also the most exciting. I was very proud of myself for making that commitment and I should be! For entrepreneurs, deciding to move ahead on one of the many ideas we get every week IS a big step!
What I learned next is the REAL reason people don’t have success in business and life.
What I’m talking about here is the NEXT step we need to keep taking that pushes us closer to our goals.
I got an email from Kerry telling me she had finished with the site and linking to a video of what I would need to do next before it would be ready for traffic. Like a good boy, I watched the videos and did most of the things I needed to do within a week. I started the Blog Mastermind program, got rid of the example copy and deleted what needed deleted. Then went to the email provider (ActiveCampaign-not affiliate link) to look around and make a few tweaks on some messages Kerry had set up.
Sounds good, right? The site was set up and ready for me to go to work on it. I just needed to fashion a quick About page (which I would build out later) and get writing.
Did I mention I got that email from Kerry on 3/30/17? Didn’t think I did.
For the past few months, I’ve had project after project that I decided took precedence so I worked on them. I’m not saying they were all artificial distractions I concocted to keep me from facing my fear. Some WERE very important. However, not ALL of them should have taken my attention away from my new site. That, my friends, was nothing but the ego mind doing what it does best. Anything it can to keep things the same and NOT risk one hair on my head.
Consequently, my site has been blocked to bots and a ghost town for going on four months now!
In case you’re wondering, this isn’t the first time I’ve resisted something. In fact, I wrote about it last year in an article titled “I’m Resisting Again“.
Finally Stopped Resisting
I got a lot of stuff off my plate in July and streamlined some stuff to make my life easier. With my head clearer, I went back to the site and thought long and hard about whether I should move forward or just mothball it.
I decided I would return to the Blog Mastermind program and give the site a chance to become what I wanted it to. I set a goal of getting the About page done in my weekly accountability goals that went something like this:
Finally write the About page this week or mothball the project! No ifs, ands or buts about it!
That was it. I finally had the nerve to say if I didn’t do the About page this week, the project was over and I’d just have to take the loss. At least it would be done one way or another.
Can you guess what happened?
Project Now Underway
I’ll be sharing the details of the site with you as soon as I’ve built out the site enough that it represents what I’ve been thinking about (and NOT acting on) for nearly a year. The first version of the About page is done and after I get a few articles written, the bots will be crawling it very soon.
I can’t wait to dive into this new direction!
- An entrepreneur never has trouble replacing important work with work that is less important.
- At the first sign of resistance, you should make it a point to do one more thing at least weekly until the action muscle gets better developed.
- The scarier something is to you the more critical it is that you do it.
- Your life’s work won’t come to you from divine intervention. Most of the time you find it by trying new things, failing and trying again.
- If a new direction terrifies you that probably means you’ve hit a nerve in your soul telling you that you’re on the right track.
- No matter what has happened before you can ALWAYS decide to change it and move forward.
- Don’t use your energy beating yourself up about what you didn’t do. Decide to do it NOW and move forward!
Did This Article Strike a Nerve With You?
I love hearing entrepreneurs’ stories about how they pushed through against what their ego would have them believe is their “better judgement” (read FEAR) and had success because of it. Did you feel yourself cringing a bit reading my story? Did it bring a project to mind you decided not to pursue because it “didn’t make sense right now” or some other lame excuse? Are you considering diving back into your idea log and building that site/product/course, etc.
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