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April 2010

Enough already

StoplightWe call it by names like "over analysis" and "paralysis of analysis".  Call it what you want, but if you intend on being one of those very few entrepreneurs that reaches their full potential, you better stop spinning your wheels and instead focus on moving forward. 

We live in a world of information overload, with a constant flow of information available to us via the television, books, papers, magazines and especially the internet.  The common entrepreneurial trait of always looking for that next opportunity mixed with this endless input of information can be a deadly combination that has brought many an entrepreneur down.  It is our nature to seek the "next great idea", but the truth is that if you are one of the rare few that can clarify, focus and execute...you will also be wildly successful. 

So...enough already...douse the distractions and make up your mind to become a "choosy chooser".  Here are some tips to keep you on track:

  1. Identify what is important and break it down into manageable chunks.  You need to do this in both your personal and business life.  The simple truth is that you probably can't accomplish more than two or three things with any degree of proficiency...so pick what is most important and in alignment with where you want to be the next quarter, next year and next decade.
  2. Write it down.  Describe your goals.  Have a plan and stick to it.
  3. Choose not to choose.  Simply put, you can't do it all so don't try.
  4. Put a time limit on things.  Sometimes we just need to put an end time on our goals.  When will you complete them?
  5. Hold yourself accountable.  Use a coach, a friend, a mastermind group or a class.  Do whatever it takes to stay on track.
  6. Forget perfection.  Perfection is a procrastinator's best friend.  Realize that sometimes good is good enough. 
Enough already! Now just get out there and do it.