How to produce big resultsArticle added by Anne Bachrach on August 15, 2011
Anne Bachrach

Anne Bachrach

San Diego, CA

Joined: October 26, 2009

If you’re wondering why you haven’t gotten to where you want to be, it’s probably a safe bet that you haven’t taken much risk.

If you’ve failed at producing big results in your business, it’s time to let the failures go and move on. As an entrepreneur, you do not have time to sit around with regret — you’ve got to get moving.

If you want to produce big results, you first need to understand how to get big results. Big results are brought about by the confidence to take action — again and again. When it comes down to it, who’s going to believe in your business when you don’t seem to believe in it yourself?

If you have at any time questioned your ability to create the kind of life you have always wanted, a change in mindset would work wonders for your personal and professional life.

Learn how to use the 4-D master task list

The first and most important principle to producing big results is learning how to focus on the high-payoff tasks while delegating or deleting the not-so-important tasks. Reduce time-wasters, while increasing your productivity by placing all of your tasks into these four categories: do it now — do it later — delegate it — delete it.

Each evening before you go to bed, you should create a master task list for the following day. Each task should be designated into one of the four categories. Prioritize the tasks, with the highest payoff task at the very top of the list.

You’ll want to do this every evening for two reasons:
    1) You can get a good night’s rest knowing that you’ve written everything down and

    2) So your subconscious can organize your day while you’re busy sleeping.
Live each day by your master task list and schedule everything by 15-minute marks. You’ll want to list everything, including morning coffee, shower and drive time. To avoid being rushed or feeling overwhelmed, give yourself 15-minute buffers between each item. That way, if you’re running a few minutes behind schedule, you can still remain calm. If you don’t have time to get to something, transfer it to your next day’s list.

Learn from other successful entrepreneurs

Making friends with other successful entrepreneurs will get into a positive, successful mindset. The wealthy and successful think and act very differently than those who are just scraping by, and what you want to do is learn the distinctive differences so you always know where your mindset is taking you.
A successful mindset will put you into superior state of mind, where you see opportunity not obstacles; income, not the lack of.

Find mastermind networking groups where you can immerse yourself in a room of big thinkers. Or attend dinner parties where successful business owners congregate. Successful entrepreneurs know how to get big results, and soon enough their savvy business tips will rub off on you.

Ask good questions and get a mentor or mentors to help you. Create a board of directors to bounce ideas off on. They can be like multiple mentors.

Learn to take risks

Would Bill Gates be where he is today if he didn’t drop out of Harvard to follow his dream? What if Steve Jobs gave up building computers? Neither would be where he is today if it weren’t for taking risks. Ask any successful entrepreneur — sometimes it takes big risks to get big results.

If you’re wondering why you haven’t gotten to where you want to be, it’s probably a safe bet that you haven’t taken much risk. The moral of the story is that without some risk, you will never have big results. Period. Not all risks pay off, but if you don’t take them at all, you will always stay where you are.

The important thing is to remember that you shouldn’t throw caution to the wind and risk everything without a payoff that’s worth it. The trick is to learn to take calculated risks that have the potential to get you where you want to be. This is where learning from other successful entrepreneurs will help you greatly.

Remember, it is always and only about taking action that puts you on the straightest path to achieving your goals.

The only person responsible for creating that path is you. You must learn it is only habit that separates you from the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. They have learned how to optimize their time and results to get there faster. The straighter the line, the quicker you produce big results.
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