I would be the last person to admit that my business, and life, goals are not big and important. They are. I want good things to happen in my life and I want my business to prosper and succeed.

But when I sat down to go over where I could make changes to accelerate my progress, I discovered several ways that I trip myself up. I don’t do these things all the time. In fact, some, as you’ll see below and in the following articles in the series, I seldom engage in, but when I do, they consistently interfere with my ability to do the things that absolutely will help me succeed.

Waste time

Ah, Facebook. You are so generous with my time, so tempting with your fun social interaction, and such a big time-waster. Ditto for the smart phone. Don’t get me wrong. I use social media as a marketing tool all the time, but sometimes I just have to see the video of a guy trying to take a pail off a bear’s head. As fascinating as that is, it will not lead me to business success.

Have no focus

I’m a creative entrepreneur and I help other creative entrepreneurs—artists, writers, right-brain business people—to get their dreams accomplished.

(More on that later.) One of the biggest difficulties that we right-brain creatives have is that everything is interesting. We’re curious and easily distracted. When we don’t have strategies to corral our wandering minds we can be off in all directions, all the time.

In order to move steadily toward a goal, it is imperative to focus on that one objective. When I have no focus, I don’t get much done. When nothing gets finished, there is nothing to sell. Unfocussed offerings confuse customers and a confused customer never buys.

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Not working from a plan

This follows on the heels of the previous issue. First comes a goal to focus upon, and then comes a plan to get there. Without a plan, a goal is just a wish with only faint hope of fulfillment.

When I don’t review my plan and make a list of tasks today, it’s so easy to get off-track. The end of the workday comes and I can’t even see what I have done, if anything. It’s just a blur of little details that don’t lead anywhere.

In Part 2 I will look at three more ways that are so easy to do, and will definitely keep me, and you, from prospering in business and life. Stay tuned.

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