I originally posted this article after Accountex last year.
However, the point remains just as valid this year so I’ve decided to post a slightly edited version again…
I’d like to start by saying a big thank you to the organisers, exhibitors and visitors that make Accountex the go-to event that it is.
It’s hard not to leave inspired, with grand ideas about all the positive changes you can make in your practice.
But, it’s what happens after these events that’s most important (and often missing)…
You see, most people are ‘wannabe’ action takers.
They think about taking action, they talk about taking action, but when it comes to actually taking action, it doesn’t happen.
And I completely understand it – because life happens…
An inbox full of emails from your team asking you to help with their problems, missed calls from clients who (maybe) don’t pay you enough for the time you give them, and messages from friends and family trying to figure out plans for the bank holiday weekend.
And as the days & weeks begin to pass, all of the excitement begins to wear off, and these once new and exciting ideas store themselves, out of the way, in the back of your mind.
I don’t want this to be the case for you…
- I want you to explore those new ideas
- I want you to go ahead and purchase that software you were so impressed with
- I want you to get that app developed that will transform the way you communicate with your clients.
I want you to take action.
Inaction is natural – because it’s the easy option
Taking action is taking a risk.
It’s easy to spend long periods of time trying to rationalise ideas, but the longer these ideas sit in your head, the harder they become to execute.
Stop over-rationalising your ideas. Stop planning them to death.
Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction!
And most importantly, taking action doesn’t have to be hard work. You can effortlessly take action by asking yourself this simple question:
‘What is the next smallest step that I can take, right now?’
Now that might be something as simple as:
- Signing up for a demo of that software that will solve your workflow problems
- Book in a 20 minute call with that coach who can help to hold you accountable and move your practice forwards
- Organising a meeting with your other partners to get them to buy-in to the app you want developing
Don’t let these ideas turn into giant hurdles that you’ll never jump over…
Break them down into smaller ones that you can begin to action immediately.
What kind of action taker are you?
You have 2 choices…
You can either be a ‘wannabe’ action taker, thinking about actioning your new ideas but never actually getting round to it.
You can be an action taker, and move your ideas forwards one small step at a time.
Which do you choose?