You Can Break loose and Take Action

What prevents you from taking action?  Nothing gets accomplished without action.  All of our grand ideas and plans, our dreams and visions, and even our values, fall the the wayside without action.

[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@brianmininger” suffix=”#successquote #smallbusiness”]”The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena” – Teddy Roosevelt[/inlinetweet]


Photo Credit - Celestine Chua

Photo Credit – Celestine Chua

I know this struggle all to well.  For years I have desired to accomplish the goal of writing a book.  However, I have never taken action until now.  My list of excuses was lengthy.

  • I am not a writer
  • I could never come up with that many words
  • I don’t know what to write about
  • I don’t have time
  • No one would buy it
  • It is just a waste of time
  • Successful authors are more talented than me
  • I don’t have anything of value to say
  • Everything has been said before

And the list went on and on…  Ultimately none of these excuses really held any water.  Every person who has ever written a book has faced them.  For me the big one was, “I am not a writer.”  Over the last two months I have been taking action to overcome this self limiting belief.  The only way to do that was to start writing and start telling people I was a writer.  This has been difficult, but I just passed two months of writing a blog post three times a week.  This is a huge accomplishment for me.
Along the way I learned something.  I actually enjoy writing.  It is not as difficult as I previously thought.  I just have to do it. I am excited to publicly share that I am working on my first book.  Therefore, I am now accountable to complete the project.
The title is still in process, but here is an excerpt from the introduction.

Small businesses are struggling.  Local businesses, particularly retail, struggle even more.  The pressure of big box stores and e-commerce have made a huge dent in the marketplace.  We all know the stories of local merchants, contractors, etc. closing up shop when the “big boys” come to town.  
How do small local businesses survive and thrive?  How do they carve out a unique place in the marketplace?  How do they leverage their uniqueness into success?  And, finally how do they turn success into significance and really make a difference.
The answer is Giving.  It is time for small business owners to realize that the answer to how they succeed and how they make the world a better place is the same thing.  In order to succeed they must give, and if they are successful then they have a responsibility to give back.  It is like a never ending cycle.  AND, the cycle starts with giving back, not success. 
“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar
That is what this book is about?  How do you create a business that gives you the lifestyle you really want and makes a significant positive impact?  I will show you how  5 simple values integrated into the core of your business can greatly increase your impact, success and personal satisfaction.  We will talk about some potential pit falls, and we will learn from those that are already doing this. 

I appreciate all the support and encouragement you have given me on this journey.  My desire is to help passionate but overworked small business owners lead and grow their businesses so they can increase their positive impact and gain the freedom to live the lifestyle they really want.  Writing this book is another step in the journey.

What is holding you back from taking action?  If I can do this I am sure that you can break loose and take action that moves your toward your goals

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