How To Take More Action: 5 Powerful Tips

By , Small Business Consultant and Marketing Strategist

Solo-E Certified Solo Entrepreneur Expert

Michele A Scism - Small Business Consultant and Marketing Strategist

How far have you gotten on your New Year’s resolutions?  Did you start the year with a solid plan? Are you still working that plan?

Or, has life started to get in the way?  I talk a lot about making decisions.  But a decision is only a wish if it is not packed up by solid action.   Here are 5 powerful tips for getting yourself moving and taking action each day.

1. Breathe

Sometimes, just taking a deep breath will snap you out of the go go go feeling and get you to the place where you can start getting things done.  It doesn’t take a lot of willpower to stop and breathe for a a minute.  Breathing puts you in a state where you can get more done and just relax.

2. Be accountable to others.

Do you want to know why people spend big money on coaches?  Yes, the coach can help guide you and having a second set of eyes is important.  But, the main reason is by investing just a little more than what is comfortable, you have accountability and leverage.  You want to do what the coach says, take action, and make your business a success.

3.  Keep your to do list realistic.

A to do list based on your marketing plan is key to your success.  But, you need to make sure that your to do list is realistic.  I recently had a client come to me with a revenue projection that I knew would take 5 people to do well.  I had her pare it down to one service offering where she could realistically make good money.

It is pretty easy to get overly enthusiastic with the to do list.  The key is to manage what you do each day.  I take a piece of paper and write my top three income producing activities down and the the things I need to follow up on.  This approach has helped me to become much more productive.  Also, if you get the point where you have more work than time, this is past time to expand your team.

4. Choose instead of should.

Here’s a quick mindset tweak.  You don’t really need to do anything.  In the end, you choose what to do.  “Should”, ” Need To” and “Have To” take away your personal power and make you feel like you aren’t in control.  When you remind yourself that you are choosing your action each day, you take back that control and it makes it easier to take action.

Here’s a small but useful tip. You don’t really need to do anything. You always choose what to do. Thinking about things this way removes the “shoulds” and “need tos” that take your personal power away and make you feel like you aren’t in control. When you think that you choose to do whatever you do then you regain the control and power. And it becomes easier to take action.

5. Focus on the how instead of the if’s.

This tip helps clear the fog of the what if from your mind.  You can spend hours and hours, even days thinking about what might happen if you take action.  So, instead of spending your time getting lost in the what if’s – focus on how you can do something.  How can I break one million in my business this year?  How can I focus more on my bottom line?

Michele Scism is a decisive, driven and committed entrepreneur who helps successful business owners create passive income streams so they can stop working so hard and start enjoying the benefits of entrepreneurship.

Michele’s business expertise has been highlighted recently on NBC, CBS, Fox, and She is an international speaker, best-selling author and the Founder of Decisive Minds.

She is a serial entrepreneur who knows how it feels to fail miserably at business, at one time the bank actually called demanding their $1.5 million back, and also knows how it feels to sign the contract to sell your company for $9 million dollars. For business building tips visit

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