Building your business requires action; success is not something that can appear out of thin air or be granted by a magic genie. As the old saying goes, “Slow and steady wins the race,” but sometimes you’re simply overwhelmed by the list of things to do that waits for you. It’s not about moving mountains in the course of a day or taking over the Western world of business in a single year.
Success in business comes by taking small actions daily. More importantly, these small actions compound over time and lead to small successes that build your confidence, creating momentum for larger successes down the road.
It Only Takes a Spark to Start a Fire
If you’ve ever watched a group of scouts trying to learn how to start fires, you understand what this means. Different troops use different tactics to create that spark:
- Flint and steel
- Magnifying glasses
- A bow and spindle
- Two rocks
Each of these methods requires small actions to create the spark that becomes a fire. In business, you don’t even need to take all the small actions in a single day, week, month, or year. The key is to take small actions consistently so you can make great things happen.
Use that Spark to Fuel Your Confidence
Those tiny sparks start more than fires for your business. The small actions used to create the sparks have cumulative effects on your business. They build, one on top of the other, while also building your confidence along the way.
When was the last time you noticed the look on someone’s face when he or she accomplished the task at hand? The sense of accomplishment? The enormous personal pride? Each time you accomplish one of these small tasks for your business, you will have that same sense of pride, accomplishment, and confidence.
Break Down Larger Goals into Smaller Tasks
According to Inc.com, one of the reasons highly successful people are able to accomplish more in a day than the rest of us is because they understand the value of breaking large goals into a series of smaller tasks. This gives them the opportunity to accomplish something every day that gets them closer to their larger goals.
Business owners always want to be moving forward. The more steps you take toward your goals, the faster your business can grow and evolve. The more you do to help your business get there, the greater your sense of accomplishment, confidence, and purpose.
One of the real secrets for success is not to sit back and relax once you’ve accomplished one of your larger goals. While you may want to take a moment to congratulate yourself on a job well done, now is the time to shift your focus to new tasks and goals.
It’s amazing how important it becomes for business leaders to continuously strive to accomplish more. It’s part of what separates those who are content to settle in their businesses from those who might someday take top spots in their fields and industries. What small actions have you taken today? What’s on your list for tomorrow?
E.G. Sebastian, is a Business-Development Coach, Corporate Trainer, and founder of Corporate Speaker Academy where he helps coaches, consultants, and authors break into the world of delivering Workshops, Group Coaching programs, or Keynotes to corporate teams. Learn more about E.G. at www.egSebstian.com and connect with him on LinkedIn.