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How to stop chasing perfection and start your business!

Is that mean old nasty voice of perfection keeping you from growing your business?

Been there done that but I’m not listening to perfect anymore. Case in point:

This Procrastepreneur idea has been a long time in the making. Almost three years now and I’ve got this old blog to prove it. I need to overhaul everything and it’s driving me CRAZY.  But when I saw Taylor Jones’ inspiring tweet about quitting his job to pursue his business, I started writing the post in my head. His story was inspiring and exactly what I needed to get me back on track with the blog. So I wrote it, but of course all the fears and mean, nasty inner dialogue got real loud, real fast.

“Your blog looks terrible.  It’s old. It makes you look bad. You should really re-vamp it BEFORE you start posting again.”

Let me tell you something, I have listened to that BS way too long. That type of chatter has stopped me in the past BUT as a recovering procrastinator I have learned to ignore it. Trust me, I am ignoring it right now as I write this post.

Have you experienced that before? Here’s what you’ve got to do:

Recognize that perfection is a moving target

Nothing you do will ever truly be perfect.  As your skill levels improve so will your standards.  I know you know this is true but you need to remember to apply the logic. Just look back at when you first started thinking about pursing your business. I bet you have elevated your game significantly since then.  The longer you do something the better your products and services will be.

Acknowledge that your concerns are legitimate.

It’s true my website does need an overhaul, but should it keep me from posting?  Nope!
Okay yeah, there are things I need to do to get it to the level I will be satisfied with.  And yeah, I know it will take time but in this case it my concerns shouldn’t stop me from moving forward.

Make an action plan to address your concerns.
Your concerns are valid and shouldn’t be ignored.  After you are done the task that you were trying to prevent yourself from doing, you need to address them. Develop a plan of action so that you can get ‘er done and they can stop getting in the way.

Business is never perfect, effective businesses embrace change and constant improvement. Think Facebook was perfect the day launched?  I admire the fact that they are willing to try new things and if doesn’t work they take it down and try something new.  Perfection is a moving target so as long as you recognize that your concerns are valid and you have a plan in place to rectify the situation you are well on your way to becoming the entrepreneur you’ve been putting off.

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@TJ tweeted every Procrastepreneur’s dream tweet.

When @TJ (aka Taylor Jones- no relation I swear :) made a big announcement to the world, his tweet stood out like no other in my feed. I must admit I was inspired to action and encouraged to continue down the same path that Taylor is on.  His hard work has him packing his bags for his September 20th flight from Toronto, Ontario to Los Angeles, California to pursue his dreams.

@TJ is the founder of  www.dearphotograph.com , a really cool photographic art website.  Over the last few months this website has taken the internet by storm. Everyone is buzzing about the sheer coolness of visually going down memory lane. Just two weeks ago Time Magazine listed it as one of the 50 Best Websites for 2011.   You should really check it out.

Here’s the reason why I am sharing this awesomely motivating tweet:

I want you to have your @TJ moment where you can announce to the world that you are quitting your job to pursue your business full time.

Now, take a second to vividly imagine what your @TJ moment will be like.

How will you break the news? What will you say?

It’s kind of like dreaming about winning the lottery but this dream has way better odds. And here’s something you already know…most of the odds are controlled by you and what you do or don’t do with the time and resources you have access to.

Personally I know I am getting closer and closer every day to having my @TJ moment and I am thankful that I have his awesome tweet to jumpstart my plans for this blog.

As a recovering procrastinator, I look forward to sharing everything I’ve learned  about becoming the entrepreneur I’ve been putting off!

If you need some extra motivation feel free to follow me on Twitter :)

Cher xoxo

P.S. Taylor if you are reading this thanks for the motivation today. I wish you the best of luck in L.A (L.A. big city of dreams:)

 

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Has a life change turned you into (or back into) a Procrastepreneur?

Has a Life Change Turned You Into a Procrastepreneur?
Here are 3 easy ways to get your business back on track!

It’s easy to let procrastination kill your business efforts when something life-changing happens to you. A pregnancy, death, promotion, bad illness, new home or messy divorce are just a few examples of life’s little curve balls. They can easily throw you and your business right off track! But don’t beat yourself for it, because you’re not alone.

In my case, I started a while back. Like many others, I sought the comfort of a steady paycheck while we ride out this stormy economy. Admittedly, it does take sometime to get used to a new schedule but great reasons become poor excuses when you finally get a handle on the change. Did I ride out my new job excuse a little longer than I should have? Absolutely! Are you holding on too? Well enough is enough. There’s money to made and procrastination is stealing it away!

It’s time to get back in the drivers seat, so what do you do?

Forgive Yourself
This is first and most important. The shouda, coulda woulda thoughts will drive you crazy and cause you to spiral further out of control. It happened okay? So let it go and start moving forward. Blaming yourself only will prolong your new start and rob you blind. Look at the positive side of things. You want to get back on track and you are starting to pick up where you left off. That’s a good sign right? Of course it is! That’s why the next point is so critical.

Evaluate Your New schedule
Once you’ve forgiven yourself, it is import to analyze your new schedule. What has changed about it? Where can you realistically dedicate time to building your business? Find the inefficiencies and figure out how you can make better use of your available time. That’s what PVRs are for. Whether its a few hours a week or only 15 minutes a day…it’s a start! As long as you plan exactly what you will be doing with your time and cut out all non-business related distractions while you’re working you’ll make progress. Just make sure you a realistic with your available time and also…

Re-Assess your goals and timelines
Your previous goals may have lined up perfectly with your old schedule. But now, maybe not so much. I want you to know it’s okay to re-jig your timeline, extend your dates or delay. It’s better to have measurable, achievable and realistic goals than lofty unattainable ones that set you up for further delay or complete failure. Before I started my job I was planning to post once or twice every single day. But according to my new schedule, writing two or three QUALITY posts a week and the engaging in the necessary social media activity to grow my readership seems like a manageable challenge.

How badly do you want this to work? This is the question you should be asking yourself. My guess is… you still dream about how successful your business could be every single day and you just can’t let it go. So don’t give yourself another excuse to extend you procrastination. You can do this. Start moving forward with the time you do have and don’t forget to stay tuned to Procrastepreneur for great tips, trick and advice to help you become the entrepreneur you’ve been avoiding.

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Wasting too much time on the net? Take control with this.

Do you catch yourself logging on to social media sites like Facebook, Linked In Twitter or You tube when you should be working? Of course you do! Naturally, we log on with entrepreneurial intentions. But if you don’t put a strict time limit on your visit, it becomes a time trap. All it takes is one curious link and then -two hours later-you realize how much time you wasted with no work to show for it. If this sounds like you, I’ve got great news.

This Lifehacker article featured an awesome new website that will help you put a time limit on your internet browsing habits. It’s called Minutes Please. You have to check it out! It will help you control the idle time you spend on the net. All you do is enter the site you want to open, how long you want to spend on it and then press the please button. Instantly the site you wanted opens in a new window and when the time’s up it automatically closes! You can even set up a 1 minute warning pop-up to let you know you running out of time.

How cool is that? Talk about keeping yourself in check!

Everybody needs a little a web break. This amazing tool will help you take the break you planned on.
Could Minutes Please make you more productive? Let me know!

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Does your 2011 goal list look like a repeat of 2010′s?

Does your 2011 goal list look like a repeat of 2010′s ?

It’s that time of year again. A fresh start. A new beginning. The time when we reassess our goals and review  what  we want to achieve this year. But… and you know it’s coming… you’re also reminded of everything you didn’t achieve for your business the year before. If your 2010 and 2011 goal lists are more than 75% the same…  

There’s a problem and it’s called
Resolution Déjà vu.

According to Wikipedia  “Déjà vu is a French phrase meaning “already seen”, and it refers to the experience of feeling sure that one has witnessed or experienced a new situation previously.” Resolution Déjà vu has happened to me several times over the last decade. Each time I realized my business goals didn’t change much from the previous year I felt like crap. This is because I was forced to once again accept this painful reality: Despite all the work I felt I put in to my business, at the end of the year I didn’t achieve that much. 

So what do you do? I’d like to say it’s as simple as saying “goal lists are a waste of time”, but we both know that’s not true. Recording your goals are a key tool for measuring your success.  They also help you analyse what when wrong, so you can get back on track.

Here are few key questions to ask yourself if
you are experiencing Resolution Déjà vu:

How long were your lists?
(hmmm as long as Santa’s)
Maybe you need to take a few things off.

Were you realistic?
(I don’t need more than 2 hrs sleep right?)
If you already have full plate and trying to start-up your business full time, something’s gotta give. There ‘s only so much time in the day.   

Were there legitimate reasons why you didn’t achieve your goals?
(I find it hard to focus when I am stressed.)
This past year has been a tough one. There’s enough stress to go around- depression, money, and relationship issues take huge a toll on productivity.

Have you lost your motivation or has your passion changed?
(I remember when I realized I just wasn’t that into “it” anymore.)
It happens. Sometimes we fall out of love of with a business idea and that’s okay.

Have your bad habits been robbing you of the future you could have?
(I’ll write that sales letter after I …)
 Let’s not beat around the bush here..this is more often then not the leading culprit of Resolution Déjà vu.

Are you afraid you’re not “good enough” to start?
(I think I NEED to read this book before I start)
Fear is also another major reason why we procrastinate. We  are so good at finding reasons why we can’t when we are scared to do. 

There could be countless of other reasons why you didn’t achieve your goals, but take the time to identify the symptoms (BTW  there are usually more than one) in order to fix problem(s).  Once you’ve done that I am going to suggest something that may seem almost radical, yet it’s something that you already know deep down.

Fix the REAL problems before you spend all of your energy striving for your goals.

You can’t keep adding water to a bucket with a hole in it right? The water is just going to leak out. All that effort (in thought and action)that you put into trying to achieve your goals will be wasted once again if you don’t plug up the hole.  When I finally started to address the barriers between me and my goals (primarily self-imposed) I noticed that my goals started to become more attainable.  Although I can’t say I am completely out of the woods, I know I am on the right path because I have addressed the problems in my way.  Whether you make New Year’s resolutions or not, I encourage you to take a long hard look at your past and current goals. If nothing has changed there’s a problem that needs to be fixed.

Once you get the problems out of the way, you’ll be a lot closer to the success you haven’t seen or experienced before.

So what do you think?  I’d love to hear about your experience with  Resolution Déjà vu and what you are doing or have done to fix it!

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