In an effort to be the best performer and leader, we often expend a lot of time and energy seeking the next great idea. However, sometimes it’s better to put down that business book and act on what you already know.

You know what you need to do. Why don’t you do it? What is keeping you from focusing on that critical organizational need? Sometimes it’s uncertainty or a fear of failure. Maybe it’s just easier to check things off your to-do list, rather than tackling the thorny strategic issues.

To create momentum, answer two questions and take one action:

What is the one thing you know you should be doing?

What is the barrier to you doing it?

Do one thing that will get you mobilized.

Progress doesn’t have to be dramatic. Begin with simple steps, as Abraham Lincoln did: “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” If you act today, I bet tomorrow you’ll be more likely to do that next “one thing” that will mean the difference between existing and thriving.


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