Long, long ago there was a young woman who was afraid of taking initiative. She had lots of great ideas and quiet, with the ideas brewing inside of her which led to frustration.
That woman was me. If I could talk to her from where I stand marketing. He has started several companies. In a recent blog post he says:
“It’s so easy to get hung up on reacting to incoming, on working through a checklist and low-price of online tools makes that easier than ever.
The key difference between initiators and everyone else is the simple idea of posture. What do you say to yourself in between assignments? What do you do when you see something that needs doing?
Sasha asks himself (not his boss), “what’s next?” And that’s the shift. You look at a world of opportunities and you pick one. Initiative is taken, it’s not given.”
Far too many of us spend our time in reaction modes. We sit tight in meetings reacting to information, not processing what we could really do with it. The same goes for business owners, we spend a lot of time reacting to our bottom line that we often ignore what we could do to initiate more business by actually using our ideas. We very rarely listen to our bodies or our intuition and therefore are unsure of what even to initiate.
I’m not suggesting that you just throw out rand take imitative even if it seems small.