Procrastination is something that can ruin your day, damage your career and negatively impact on your relationships.
Often, we laugh about procrastination as though it were an amusing habit and sometimes it can be. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t also incredibly destructive. Imagine it’s 4pm and you have work you desperately need to finish by 5pm but you can’t stop browsing Facebook or making trips to the kitchen for cups of coffee.
What happens? One option is that you end up going home very late and lose out on time with your family. Another option is that you end up not finishing the work and starting the next day incredibly behind.
Either way, this is a serious problem.
So, what can you do about it? Here are a few tricks that can help.
Start the Most Enjoyable Task First
One effective way to reduce your proneness to procrastination is to take on the easiest/most enjoyable task first. Our natural inclination is very often to handle the most difficult task first and to that way get it out of the way.
But if you’re struggling with motivation, then this is going to be a big up-hill struggle to get yourself to commit.
Instead, if the first task is something easier and more fun, then you’ll find you can work more easily without being distracted. And once you’ve done that, you should be in a slightly more work-oriented frame of mind.
Make it More Interesting
Procrastination often comes from one simple fact: the job you should be doing is boring. Hence you would rather be doing something else.
One simple solution is to make said task more enjoyable or interesting. This might mean turning letter stuffing into a game. Or it might mean providing yourself with a little stimulation: I will often write articles while watching videos on silent just to ensure that I have a bit of stimulation.
If you’re writing, then try to make the topic more interesting so that you’ll be less likely to be bored. If you’re bored writing it, then it’s probably not going to be great to read!
Finally, note that we are much more prone to procrastination when we’re tired. Why? Because will-power requires energy.
When you take that energy away, it becomes much easier to be distracted or interested with other things. Give yourself more energy by sleeping better, by eating supplements that boost energy levels and by avoiding stressful events wherever possible.
How Do You Bridge The Gap From Wantrepreneur To Entrepreneur?
Having been a Wantrepreneur myself since 2015… I KNOW what to look for.
So, if you’re swanning around sporting that Wantrepreneur badge, I’ve put together this useful guide to help you change that image today.
When I was ousted by the Corporate World, I started to look for a new job. I read numerous posts that Entrepreneurs risk all, go all in, jump in boots and all. I am glad I never believed in that myth.
Entrepreneurs who keep their backup income, their existing business, or their day job, have a higher chance of success than people who quit their jobs at the outset. You’d want those odds in your favor, wouldn’t you?
The reason why is, they have a backstop while they manage the transformation. So they treat their new business venture as a second stream of income.
Quite simply, it’s a more calculated risk.
Prioritize with your eyes on the prize
A Wantrepreneur puts their energy and finances into the things that might make them look like a business person. The website, the logo, all the outer trappings. These are the things they’ll need… EVENTUALLY – but not right at the outset.
True entrepreneurs know it’s important to provide a service or a product which fills a need, one where people will buy.
Your primary concern is to solve a problem for a customer because your goal is to make sales.
So, your initial focus will be to:
- Understand your market and the demand for your product offer
- Know the pain points your prospective customer’s experience, and
- Learn how to ‘speak’ to your customers in their language, to help alleviate their problem
Of course, you’ll need that website – but you won’t need all the fancy bells and whistles from the get-go.
Without a doubt, you’ll also need an excellent marketing budget to attract targeted customers and build an email database – which is the pivotal thing freebie-seeker Wantrepreneurs don’t understand!
Read, take note, and action
Another area Wantrepreneurs get bogged down in is the difference between thinking about doing something and actually doing it.
Yes, visualization can be very effective. Reading books is important; you’ll find wisdom and solid advice in many of them. But, if you don’t do something after you read the last page, or watch the training video, NOTHING changes for you!
If you’re hungry and just read cookbooks, your belly will remain empty.
If you purchase that gym membership but don’t work out, you’ll still be all soft and wobbly.
If you read about becoming a success and don’t put in any effort to build your online business, your bank account will be empty.
People will grow weary of hearing endless talk about your “business”. Results and only results will set tongues wagging.
Don’t be afraid of being afraid
Some of the biggest success stories encompass stories of big failures. Oprah was fired from a job as a TV reporter. The Diary of Anne Frank, Harry Potter, and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Catcher in the Rye, and Gone with the Wind, were all rejected time after time. Mark Cuban was fired from his job as a computer salesperson, and never again answered to a boss.
Wantrepreneurs and entrepreneurs view risk differently.
Wantrepreneurs focus on failure and freeze.
Entrepreneurs view failure as a temporary road block to push through – as a learning experience. Entrepreneurs learn from those road blocks and use them as sign posts on their journey to success.
They face the fear and do it anyway – risk looking a fool with zero concern of how others may (but likely won’t) judge!
Move it then prove it, not the other way around
Wantrepreneurs refuse to step out until everything is exactly the way they think it should be. They want proof of perfection, in funding, timing, plans.
They need 50 million answers before risking a dollar – even if it’s a calculated risk. They’re so deep into the finest details they can’t see the big picture.
Real entrepreneurs hit the ground running. Yes, they do their due diligence but they’re adaptable and clever.
Whatever it takes is what they’re ready to do. They will bootstrap their company, they’re RESOURCEFUL and find ways to get the funds they need.
Like a champion high diver, they’re prepared and ready when they’re poised at the edge of the diving board. Wantrepreneurs go back and forth and freeze, never to make a splash in the world of online business.
Have a strong will, so you will!
In an average business week, you’ll face disappointments, stress, pressure, and doubt.
That kind of week is not for the weak.
Wantrepreneurs might want to be successful but lack the will to fight through the inevitable challenges of business. They always have the exit door in sight.
Entrepreneurs go into business with their eyes, hopes and heart open. Failure may be hanging around the fringe, but that doesn’t stop them.
A true entrepreneur may see a detour sign but never an exit. They succeed because they refuse to accept anything less from themselves.
Entrepreneurs understand that online business is like a roller coaster – they’re strapped in for the ride, a downward disappointment will lead to an upward success, and when they’re in a corkscrew spiral, they know they’ll pull out.
As humans, we generally like to be right all the time, don’t we? It takes a lot to accept personal blame for being wrong.
As a result, Wantrepreneurs presume TOO MUCH. They think they know better. They’re not inclined to test the market to determine what their prospective customers actually believe.
On the other hand, Entrepreneurs know they have to do their research, to test and tweak everything they can in their marketing, and never presume they’re right.
Get Rid Of The Wantrepreneur
Do you see yourself in any of the Wantrepreneur traits? You don’t have to stay there.
Focus on the first four letters of that word. Want. How much do you want success? How big is your driving motivation?
If it is BIG, then you’re ready to get rid of the Wantrepreneur and become an Entrepreneur. Take that good idea and take it to market, or embrace affiliate marketing and leverage other people’s products for profit.
Dedicate yourself to break down barriers and build your business. Turn those failures into fertilizer, till that soil, plant hope, and smart work, nurture your prospective customers, and reap the harvest.
Nowadays people do not aspire to work for a big company and climb the corporate ladder. They would rather reach for success by having their own business. But there’s a huge difference between wantrepreneurs and entrepreneurs, i.e. those who want to be entrepreneurs but don’t quite pull it off:
Entrepreneurs believe in themselves while wantrepreneurs think it’s all about them
Wantrepreneurs think the business revolves around them. Entrepreneurs believe in themselves, in their team. They know they can’t do it alone, that their team is essential for the growth and success of the business. Initially, their team could just be mentors or a support structure on their entrepreneurial journey.
Entrepreneurs keep moving while wantrepreneurs keep complaining
Entrepreneurs make things happen, no matter how small a step forward it is. Wantrepreneurs are always looking for excuses and complain when it gets hard to get going.
Entrepreneurs don’t let failures stop them while wantrepreneurs easily get discouraged
Steve Jobs said, “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
Entrepreneurs carry on, learn from their mistakes and work it off. Thomas Edison kept working on discovering the light bulb after failing 1,000 times. Wantrepreneurs get discouraged and stop altogether.
Entrepreneurs aim to be the best while wantrepreneurs aim to be rich
Entrepreneurs work to be the best in their industry, to leave their mark on the world. They believe in passion before profits. Money to them is just a side benefit, a prize for doing a good job. Wantrepreneurs work only for the money.
Entrepreneurs work hard for the business while wantrepreneurs work hard for their image
Thomas Edison said, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”
Entrepreneurs work hard to make their business a success. They’re too busy with working to worry about what other people think about them. Wantrepreneurs don’t have the patience to work on the business. They look for shortcuts and prefer to spend their time making people think they are already a success.
Entrepreneurs work to get what they need while wantrepreneurs wait for it to be given
True entrepreneurs do not wait for funding or additional resources to start and keep on going. They find ways to raise capital and work to get additional funds. Wantrepreneurs don’t do anything until they get the capital they think they need to get the business off the ground.
Entrepreneurs innovate while wantrepreneurs procrastinate
Entrepreneurs don’t wait for the perfect idea to come to their mind. They know it doesn’t have to be original or unique to make it successful. Often the best idea is seeing the gap or the need to improve on what already exists. And a lot of successful businesses started with the entrepreneur needing something he/she couldn’t find anywhere.
Wantrepreneurs, on the other hand, obsess about finding the right idea or the next big trend that will get them rich quickly.
Entrepreneurs are risk-takers while wantrepreneurs are risk-averse
The business world is tough and only a handful survive the cutthroat arena. Entrepreneurs are not afraid to risk their funds, image, or business because they believe in their business, their product. They know the risks involved and yet they put out. Wantrepreneurs would rather bet on a sure thing.
Entrepreneurs are driven by their passion while wantrepreneurs are driven by someone else’s passion
An entrepreneur is driven by his passion for his business. It is something he loves to do, something he believes in. Wantrepreneurs follow the trend, simply because it has proven successful already.
This is why entrepreneurs live a life of passion and fulfillment while wantrepreneurs live a life filled with stress and regret for not following their dreams.
There are several differences between a wantrepreneur and an entrepreneur but, I will focus on the key differences in this article.
Passionate about business
You hear so many entrepreneurs say you need to be passionate about the business you’re in but rarely do you hear them say be passionate about business as a whole.
A slight shift in language but a huge difference to how you play the game of business. Those who have achieved success rarely are passionate about one particular industry as much as they are passionate about business.
To grow an idea from conception to a successful, thriving business, you will need to convince investors, customers, partners and employees to believe in you and your vision.
If you are not 100 percent convinced and passionate about your product or service, why should anyone else be?
Let me ask you a question: If you had all the money and time in the world would you still be dedicated and driven to grow your business? If the answer to this question is no, then call it quits right now. You will save yourself a lot of time, money and stress.
In my opinion, all real entrepreneurs are driven by their passion and love for business, wantrepreneurs are driven by the idea of being an entrepreneur.
When it comes down to it, taking action is what really counts. Entrepreneurs take the leap of faith even when their website, prototype or product is not complete.
Don’t worry if you think you’re not ready, you’ll learn more by just doing than what you will ever read in a book. That textbook can’t prepare you for every scenario nor is it catered to your exact goals and vision of what you want.
Real entrepreneurs do what they say they’re going to do; wantrepreneurs talk about it but never really get started.
Don’t let yourself become paralyzed by information, take massive action.
Wantrepreneurs have this idealistic vision of what it is like to be an entrepreneur. They might see it as the quickest way to get rich or the ability to set their own hours and be their own boss and not have to answer to anyone.
But not answering to anyone means you will need to be extremely disciplined and harder on yourself than any boss you’ve ever had in the past.
Setting your own hours only means you’ll be pouring in more in the beginning because you’ll be overflowing with ideas, tasks, and projects that need to get done.
On the other hand, successful entrepreneurs use profit as a measuring scale of their own success, know the long hours they need to work to make it happen and understand that the only time you see the word shortcut before success is in the dictionary.
It’s ridiculous the roller coaster of emotions you have to go through in order to start, grow and eventually exit your own business.
You’ll have moments of total despair and frustration where you wonder if you were crazy to even attempt this, but you’ll also have insane highs where you feel like you’re on top of the world.
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Entrepreneurship used to be great. It used to be something that select people could pull off, but today, that’s different. Over the years, entrepreneurs have achieved some kind of “rock star” status, attracting “wantrepreneurs” by the truckload.
These are the people that just seem to care about flashy cars, fancy offices and social media accounts that are filled with pictures of what they call “the startup life.” But that’s not what it’s about.
The problem is that wantrepreneurs don’t seem to care about the success they’ll eventually have. Instead, they only care about what they have now.
If You Want Something, Go Get It
It baffles me how many wantrepreneurs spend all their time creating a product they think is the greatest gift to mankind, and then complain when no one buys it.
Instead of doing something about it, they just sit around and do what’s easiest for them. If you need something done, you should be doing everything you can to make it happen.
That means that if your company needs cash and you need sales, you get up and start selling. Don’t like selling? It doesn’t matter — it needs to get done, so just do it.
Get on the phone, start sending emails, or reach out to people on social media. Be relentless in achieving your goals.
Here’s what to do:
- Write down your goals and the most logical steps that take you on the path towards that goal. Don’t overthink it.
- For each goal, determine the main criteria and stay as objective as possible. Good factors to consider include the goal’s impact and chances of success.
- Take your top three goals and start creating a high-level plan for each.
- Go to your agenda and block a decent amount of time to get it done. It’s hard to not multitask, but don’t do anything else during that time.
- Start with your most important goal, and get in the zone.
Odds are these steps venture outside of your comfort zone, and that’s fine. Just make sure you don’t have excuses for doing something else instead.
Stop Doubting Every Decision You Need to Make
There are many people who spend so much time trying to get everything right that they eventually fail to hit the mark, and often never even launch.
Tell me if this sounds familiar:
- Your website needs to be absolutely perfect before you can launch. You wouldn’t dream of putting up a simple small landing page to catch your first visitors.
- Your product absolutely needs that last feature — that’s why it’s not selling.
- You want to start marketing but want absolute certainty it’ll work before you hire someone.
The list goes on and on. If you want to fix it, it comes down to creating a habit of finishing projects and taking responsibility for your actions before you’ve even done them.
When a certain decision feels too complicated, remember that your hesitation is probably due to a lack of understanding of what the consequences will be.
So, take a moment to step back. Try to visualize the upsides and downsides to your decision. Don’t be afraid to write down extreme consequences. This is about managing your feelings, so don’t feel limited by reason.
When Life Hits You in the Face, Pick Yourself Back Up
When wantrepreneurs’ first ventures fail, they give up. To them, being an entrepreneur is a suit you wear, not who you are.
Life will get you down when you’re an entrepreneur. It’s the getting back up part that sets you apart from the rest. You need to find your “why,” or better yet, find your “must.”
You can find your ‘must’ by going back to the basics: if you only had one thing you could accomplish, do or change, what would it be?
Train yourself to focus on that goal. Do you need to stand in front of the mirror in the morning and start a speech, meditate, or write down your thoughts? Get to know yourself.
Some say being an entrepreneur today is easier than ever. It’s true in some respects, but this image has diluted what it truly means to be a scrappy, resourceful entrepreneur.
To tune out the noise of wantrepreneurs who chase the lifestyle of entrepreneurs, focus on what’s really important, and do everything to make that happen.
Are you ready to be an entrepreneur?