Cancer. Surgery. Treatments that follow. Recovery. I’ve suffered through it and now I’m better. I’m ready to get back to business.
So where do I start? How do I get that ball rolling again? How do I un-pause my life and start moving forward? Let’s look at this together so we can both get back to business.
My plans are in place
Where do I begin? My to-do list is full and my agenda is well-defined. But now I’m in a rut. I’ve lost my flow. My laser focus is now out-of-focus. So how do I start executing my plans and get back to business?
During the months prior to my diagnosis, my productivity was top-notch. I was producing wonderful results. Both my discipline and work-ethic were impeccable, to say the least. And my future plans were being laid out well as I worked hard to achieve each and every goal.
POW! I received the worst possible diagnosis to a minor ailment – cancer. Fortunately, it was only stage-one. I was lucky to catch it early. But cancer, none-the-less, was horrible news. The mental effect was devastating.
Not only did I deal with having a malignancy in my body – but surgery. I’ve never undergone surgery before. I’ve never been put under before. For me, this was all very scary. And it caused my productivity to slow to a crawl and even stop, at times, during the ordeal.
Almost four months later, I’m ready to increase my productivity to well above 100%, just to overstate it a bit. It’s time to lay out exactly how I plan to get back to business!
Getting back to business
First, I’ll create and perform my “not-to-do list” in order to prevent obstacles in my path. I must stop doing those things which slow me down.
It’s hard to get back to business when you’re distracted. So take the time and seek out each distraction, list it, and then remove it from your life.
Complete your not-to-do list
Whether you’re an entrepreneur or not, you should always create and complete your not-to-do list first. Remove the things which stand in your way – those things which slow you or your business down. In your personal life, watching television, snacking, and sleeping-in should all be removed or reduced to a minimum. And if you have bad personal habits, just stop them now.
If you wish to be an entrepreneur, self-control is paramount. In order to be your own boss, you must be able to manage yourself properly. YOU’RE in control, not your bad habit.
Now, when you create and execute your to-do list, there’ll be nothing standing in your way. This is a good practice for everyone. So take some time and write down the things which you should no longer be doing and stop doing them. Then, you’ll be ready to get back to business.
Ignore your to-do list, for now
Yes, your to-do list can cause distraction. When you’re overwhelmed by having too much on your plate, you’ll be distracted by almost anything. So to re-gain that focus and to get back to business, you must ignore it, for now.
Set one simple goal. Give yourself one task which you can complete in a short time. Make that your first goal. Now, instead of starting with your to-do list, you’re starting with one easy goal.
Break your new goal into small steps and list them out. This is your new to-do list. No longer overwhelmed, you’ll be able to focus much easier.
Taking action requires motivation – a reason to act or accomplish something. Getting back to business requires taking action, so let’s look at how to become motivated.
Start by providing a reason to perform each of your tasks and then prioritize them. Meditate on the reason for your first task for a moment. After you complete this task, meditate on the reason for the next one and then repeat.
This may seem too basic, but it’s a primer. Once you start moving again, motivation will come more naturally. Your prior work ethic will return. You CAN get back to business, and you will!
Since I was productive prior to my cancer diagnosis, I’ll get it back. It’s who I am. I’m a hard worker and I can maintain laser focus for extended periods of time. I just need to get it all started again.
You may need to find some inspiration to help motivate you. Hopefully, you have a mentor already. If you don’t, make that your first task. You need one, no matter who you are or what you do.
I spoke with my mentor last week. Our 45 minute conversation charged me right up. I took some notes, documenting those details which will drive me to succeed. Not just advice, but solutions which we worked out together during our conversation.
I also read a few good blog posts and commented on them. So don’t just read. Think about what you’ve read. Comment your key thoughts. You may receive feedback from the author, like I did. When you put action behind your search for motivation, it becomes much more effective.
If you need more inspiration, try reading a Tony Robbins book or watching one of his videos. He really knows how to inspire motivation!
Commit to completing your new goal. Make this commitment public. Now, emotional motivation will be less important. Your character and principles which cause you to meet your commitments will take charge of your actions.
This blog post is one form of my commitment to getting back to business. By writing about it for you to see, I’m publicly stating my intention to get back to business.
As my reader, you can count on regular blog posts from me. If you don’t see them, I will lose credibility, which is not an option. You CAN count on me!
Who can hold you accountable?
Commit to your mentor, your friend, your spouse, or even your waiter. Tell a person in your life what you plan to do and ask them to follow up with you about it. If your commitment is to a stakeholder, customer or a partner, provide it to them in writing, like an email. Let them know what you plan to accomplish and when, as you get back to business.
Now that’s accountability!
I’m ready to succeed
Now that I’ve completed this 1100 word blog post, I’ve completed my first goal. The ball is finally rolling again. And with this public commitment, I’ll stay motivated.
My next goal is to write at least six posts per month. Another goal is to finally finish my book, Business Stamina, so you can receive it for free when you sign up below. I’m back!
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After Recovery – Getting Back to Business
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