As a man in my forties, I have recently started to do some work on my mindset. But just using thought isn’t enough. This has to be backed up with action. It is consistent action that has allowed me to grow my business. I am self-employed in a range of businesses. To be successful in each of these, I have had to establish the activities that will deliver success in the business. Knowing these is one thing. Consistent action in performing these is something else.
The average person spends too much time thinking about it and not taking action. This all starts with a plan. But the plan is not everything. Consistent action leans on the word action. If you don’t start doing things then you’re not a planner – you’re a dreamer.
Think about this as though you are working out. Exercise is successful when you are consistent with it. Working out at the gym once doesn’t change your body. Doing it day after day makes an impact. Doing the most effective things day after day has an even bigger impact. The same with your business, the same with your mind. There are a handful of key things that can make a massive difference. They are the things you should be doing.
Consistent Action Boosts Productivity
This is where the successful business owners move into their own. If you are inconsistent, your results will be inconsistent too. The secret to success here is –
- Knowing the activities that will lead to success
- Writing these down so you have prompted your brain to do them
- Starting with the most important actions
- Doing these well
- Repeating these the next day
It is vital to the whole process that you have the right activities to begin with. If these are right, then you can stride forward with the faith that your actions are moving you towards your goals. Instead of seeing the actions you are carrying out as tasks, see them as steps towards the ultimate goal for your business.
As a man approaching fifty, your time is precious. There are pressures here there and everywhere. Work, the kids, your family, friends, etc all put pressure on your time. Managing that time effectively is key to having happy relationships across the board. If you concentrate on the consistent action that has the biggest impact then you are on the right track. Rather than spending loads of time on a wide range of unproductive actions, focus on the ones that make all the difference.
As a man in my forties, I have found that having this focus has transformed my business. I can now drive forward in a few hours a day and achieve what used to take me all day. The book The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich has really helped me here. Check it out.