Last night I listened to several of my National Speaker’s Association (NSA) colleagues discuss the activities they’ve initiated during the last year to grow their speaking business. These are some of the best of the best speakers in our industry. Good information.
Each had a different strategy and tactics. But there was one common activity…
Each of them acted. They created plans, and then executed the plans.
It’s easy to stay in a planning mode when we’re trying something new. We can hide behind our planning, using it as an excuse to execute. “I’m still working out the kinks.” “I don’t know if I’ve got all the pieces in place.” “I’m not sure I can do this yet.” As long as we’re planning, we aren’t putting ourselves out there. We aren’t setting ourselves up for the possibility of failing.
But our failure to act also keeps us from celebrating success. It keeps us from knowing what we’re really capable of doing. It keeps us from making a difference in the world. And it keeps us mediocre, never knowing how good we really are.
If my NSA friends had not acted on their plans, they would not be “some of the best of the best speakers in our industry.” Their action sets them apart from the rest.
What do you need to start executing? What decision needs to be made? What’s holding you back? What are you afraid of?
If you were ten times bolder, what would you start doing?