As any small business owner or solopreneur knows, planning can save you from a lot of hardships—both financially and emotionally. You need to think carefully about how opportunities and decisions might affect your business’s future success, your personal brand, and your loved ones.
But at some point, thinking must turn into action. This week’s fortune cookie message, “Don’t just think, act,” encourages us to get past inertia and make a move.
In my five years of working as a freelance writer, I’ve met other freelancers, solopreneurs, and small business professionals who obviously put a lot of thought into what they wanted to do. They’ve talked about their plans to start a blog, join a networking group, offer a new service, or launch a website; but then they failed to follow through with it.
Fear of rejection.
Fear of failure.
Fear of hard work.
Fear of imperfection.
Fear of the unknown.
All of those things can keep great ideas and great people from putting their thoughts into action.
Risks are ever present in small business and the world of freelancing. But when there’s far less to lose than there is to gain by moving forward, it’s time to act.
Over to you! When have you experienced—or seen others experience— overthinking and underdoing?
By Dawn Mentzer
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