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10/03/2014 03:37 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How to Make Daily Progress in Your Business

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As a business owner, I have learned that nothing happens unless something moves. Progress is important to growing your business, and you must take daily action in order to make progress. The key is pacing yourself. Get a clear vision of where you want to go and then determine what you can do daily to get you closer to your goals.

Determine each day to implement something new into your business. Do it first thing in the morning, before you get caught up in emails, phone calls and social media. Take new actions while you are at your sharpest. This is how you will develop a new, next-level routine. Make your list at night before bed and set your intentions to take action as soon as you start your day.

When you decide to improve and make daily progress in your business, you must adopt a personal resolve to move forward regardless of the obstacles that may arise (and they always arise). This may require strengthening your own mental toughness to achieve higher levels of success. Your mentality should be to go and do, instead of to sit and think. Many entrepreneurs wear themselves out by over-thinking every little detail, which always leads to becoming overwhelmed. Acting fast can eliminate stress, worry and anxiety and boost your business and your confidence. The best way to figure something out is to take action and make adjustments. You can always fix it on the fly. At least then you'll be making progress!

Instead of filling your time with non-important things that don't contribute any real value to your quality of life, your ability to help others or to your business cash flow, do what's most important to your bottom line. When you learn the tremendous power of taking daily, fast action--acting now instead of later--you'll begin to see more opportunities, better ideas and better income flowing in your life.

I suggest taking the approach, "What if my life depended on it?" This will give you the sense of urgency needed to help you instantly get clear on what matters most. Then you can take decisive, quick action that yields profitable results. Train yourself to think, decide and take action on an idea, and you'll instantly become better than those who learn thousands of ideas but do nothing with them. The best thing about taking action is that it breeds more clarity! My experience has been that it's better to do something rather than nothing at all. So taking action quickly and consistently can help you gain more clarity on achieving your goals.

You can do way more than you think when you focus and avoid unnecessary distractions. A key to this is to surround yourself with optimum people who can get the job done fast, and are willing and ready to work with you to achieve your goals for your business. Clearly communicate with your team what you want and when you want it done. Then, see your projects through to completion.

In addition to using a productive team, keep in mind that order precedes increase. It will be impossible to create a new you if your life is full of chaos and clutter. You must get yourself organized in every area of your life. Clean and organize your house, your car, your closets, your office, your desk and your files. Go through your computer files and folders. Eliminate anything that is no longer needed. The more order that you create for yourself, the more you will find clarity, answers and direction toward reaching your goals. It will be much easier to focus in on making daily progress.

Here is my action-packed to-do list to get you going:
  • Write out a plan and list it the night before.
  • Visualize your outcome with daily morning meditation.
  • Read books on your area of expertise.
  • Plan your social media posts, and post often.
  • Hire help so you can delegate and get more done.
  • Get a coach or a mentor to help you think bigger and guide you through growing your business.

Also, write a list of all the ideas that have come to you--or that are coming to you right now--that you haven't taken action on. Most people sit on ideas waiting for more and more clarity before they conquer them. If you could only see how much money you are literally sitting on by not taking action on your ideas!

As a business owner, you should keep ongoing lists of goals you want to accomplish in your business and your life. You can use your goals list to dream big and envision the future of your business. Goals keep you moving in the direction of your dreams. Write your goals with a clear picture in mind. Create monthly goals that you can actually achieve in a 30-day time frame. Set the goal high enough to stretch yourself but low enough that you don't give up before you start. This will keep you motivated and you will find it much easier to make progress every day.

You can also write daily goals. Each morning, write down five goals--five things that you want to accomplish in your business. Daily goals help you to focus on making progress every single day. You get an overwhelmingly gratifying feeling of achievement when you have reached your daily goals. Also, these small, daily steps will keep you from becoming overwhelmed with growing your business.

For daily progress, live each day with the intent to accomplish something on your daily goals list and you'll quickly accomplish twice as much as your peers and soar to great heights, living your dream life!