Most people who begin a new adventure have the same problem—they don’t know what they don’t know. That issue alone stops them in their tracks.
The hardest part about starting your new task, project, or business—is finding a way to know what you don’t know.
It’s figuring out why your current approach isn’t working. It’s figuring out how to fix the problems that you don’t even know exist yet. It’s figuring out exactly what information you need in order to move forward.
Since information is almost unlimited these days, it is hard to know where to look first. There is so much uncertainty involved. That uncertainty can keep you from accomplishing anything—if you’re not careful.
If you’ve found yourself in this situation—it’s totally understandable, but no longer excusable.
No more sitting on the couch, wondering what to do next. It’s time to simplify your game plan just enough to make you take action.
Your New Productivity Strategy
Next time you get to the point of paralysis—the point of not knowing what to do—just do the ONE thing you know you have to do next. It’s literally that simple. Stop making it so hard!
I want to make this so simple that even stupid people can do it (now I too, am included). Most of the time what you have to deal with next is what you’re thinking of right now.
Stop acting like you don’t know. You know more than you think you do. In order to figure out what you know, ask yourself this question: “If I didn’t know, what would I do?”
Think about it for 15 seconds.
You just came up with an answer—didn’t you?
This is now your new main objective.
How to Accomplish Your Simple New Goal
Concentrate on this one thing—this ONE thing that is in front of you right now. Stop looking five to six steps down the road. Your new eyes will only focus on this one thing. Your new motto is: “This one thing I do.” And you do it again every day.
Do not concentrate on the projects around the corner that you cannot see. You can do nothing about them right now. Simply focus on this one thing to do.
Stop thinking about the “what if’s” of life. They’ll only distract you from your new main objective. Instead, concentrate on the current situation, the problem of now, the goal you can reach out and touch. This is where your guidance and direction come from. This is the answer you’re looking for.
The Two Most Important Questions
There is time later for the “what if’s.” But that time is not now. Not until you have nailed down these two crucial questions:
- What is important right now?
- What is important immediately after that?
Once you have thoroughly answered them, do the first one right now. Then you are ready to plan a couple more steps ahead. But NOT before.
Do not skip this essential step in the process, or you will not know what to do next.
This lack of knowledge is where paralyzing fear comes from. It stops your massive action and diminishes your lightning quick pace to a slow crawl—or even a complete stop. And you miss opportunities when you’re stopped.
Banish your fear with purposeful activity. Fear evaporates when you turn up the heat by accomplishing tasks. This activity will create excitement, which actually becomes the fuel that drives your passion.
Find the ONE thing that you must do today. Then you’ll see what’s next much more clearly.
Question: What’s the ONE thing you can do today to take a step toward your lofty goals?