Everything starts with an action!

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After years of working with entrepreneurs all over Europe I now believe that every possible success starts with an action.

Think about it. If you want to achieve anything in life you will have to do something to get it. This does not have to be a huge step, often the small things over time have the greatest impact. Even wining the lottery requires you to play in the first place.

But why is it that so many people still think, hope and dream about things they like to change and never ever do anything about it?

Here’s an example.

Let’s say you are overweight and you know you really should change this. We are all educated enough today to know what we could do to change that, but somehow you just don’t do anything about. You know exactly that the only thing that will change it is taking action.

So why don’t you start?

You could start a diet. Often this involves some drastic measures which are impossible to do over a longer period of time and in most cases fail or change things only in the short term.
Most people lose the drive to see it through, which can cause a lot of frustration and often ends with resignation. If you don’t believe that you can make it, why should you start in the first place?

But if you don’t start, what do you think will be the result?

What if I told you that you might look at it the wrong way. You only see the big thing right in front of the mirror. You don’t see the little things that got you there in the first place. What would happen if you would just start some light exercise, like walking a longer distance everyday? That is an action you could do without too much effort.

This really goes for any kind of change you want in your life. Instead of looking only at the big thing in front of you, have a look at the little things that make that big thing and start acting on those. By changing the little things, the big thing changes automatically. No need to worry.

Many years ago I was reading a book which had a profound impact on me: “The Slight Edge” from John David Mann and Jeff Olson. In this book the authors describe the power of small changes and the impact they have when combined with time. If you don’t know it, I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

Small changes can make a big difference

Imagine instead of a drastic change, you decide to change the little things every day. At the beginning you won’t see much change, but as you are continuously doing it the power of compounded action comes into place. Suddenly you start losing weight and because it became part of your lifestyle it most likely won’t change.

The same goes when starting your business. Take your time, and establish small actions that will bring you nearer to your goal. At the beginning they won’t seem to have any effect, but over time they compound to a huge impact.

Never underestimate the power of the slight edge!

John Di Stefano

An entrepreneur at heart and founder of the Entrepreneur Academy in Brussels, Belgium, this site is run by John di Stefano, teaching and supporting entrepreneurs to learn the skills every entrepreneur needs to create a better life for themselves and the people around them.

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