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D’oh! How many times are you up at night, reviewing all the things you HAVEN’T done? But you’re too tired to actually get up and DO them; you’re not feeling creative; you don’t want to disturb your partner; you worry you won’t succeed…so you just continue to toss and turn, NOT sleep and curse yourself for not being MORE proactive.
The thing is, you ARE proactive and active all day long: trying to further your business, check in with clients, find new clients, create a successful business. You are DRIVEN. You are committed. You ARE successful. And, you are OVERWHELMED!
I know that feeling. Intellectually, I know how to minimize or neutralize that feeling, but emotionally, I know how difficult it can be to actually take ACTION to relieve stress or feelings of being overwhelmed. But there are things you can do. Small things; big, impactful things! The goal is to do them! And it starts with doing just one thing. JUST ONE.
Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You…
The point is that there are small, tiny, baby-step things you can do to help relieve your stress and accomplish your goals.
It is said you should do one thing every day when it comes to promotion and marketing – yourself, your brand or your business.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” That is one of my favorite quotes; one of my favorite pieces of advice that I have ever received; a rule I try to live by. Daily. I haven’t always succeeded. Often, the promotion thing and the one scary thing are one in the same. But the trick is, to DO IT. Do just one thing – and let yourself feel that sense of accomplishment. Every day. Write it on your list. Cross it off your list. But do it. Achieve it. Own it. And keep on doing it!
In fact, you can even take a 30-day self-challenge (as published in Inc. online) to do one thing every day that scares you. Check it out HERE. And sometimes, just sometimes, one thing leads to two, three or a whole SLEW of things! Small things. Big things. Important things.
But the fact remains – sometimes there is more work needed to be done than you can handle. Alone. Check out item number ONE on this list of “Seven Things To Do If You’re Feeling Overwhelmed” by Erika Andersen on Forbes.com:
Only do what only you can do.
Think about those tasks and projects that need to get done daily or weekly or monthly – make a LIST of them so you can see all the nuts and bolts that go into making your business a success. Sometimes, these are the very tasks that take you away from doing the big, important things – meeting and securing clients, growing your business – the very things that ONLY YOU can do. And that’s when you call in reinforcements!
Some people think it is a sign of weakness to ask for help. To admit that maybe you can’t do it all. Now, I’m convinced that one of the ways to MEASURE success is to reach out and ask for help when needed. It improves your business. It improves your relationships. It helps your attitude and enhances motivation. It improves your health!
That’s why I reached out for help when I thought about starting a Virtual Assistant (VA) business. I wanted Bill Masters on my team. As a result, we created theVirtual Source Team. Now, we’re here to take on the tasks you don’t have time for. To be on your team. To help YOU make your company a success. And to do it within your budget. Using a Virtual Assistant (VA) can be the ONE important thing you do today for yourself. To lighten your load. To continue down your path of success. To ease your mind and let you sleep at night!
Think about it. One thing. What’s it going to be today?
Make a call, get some information. Ask for help. Don’t be one of those folks who slap their heads and say, “D’oh! I could’ve had a VA!”
Francesca Amari Sajtar