Knock Down A Domino

Updated: Sep 10, 2019

Maybe you are an innovative, self-driving entrepreneur. Or maybe, you are like me and countless others who cannot motivate ourselves to do much of anything if it isn't necessary, no matter how badly we want to - or should do. This is the reason I put off pursuing my own business for months, if not years. I always wanted to, but it's a lot of hard work, and excuses are aplenty. So, what made me finally do it?

I knocked down a single domino.

Looking at what it takes to make a big change, such as starting a business, is absolutely daunting. If each step were its own domino, you would see a gigantic mausoleum of individual pieces with no idea where to start, and little confidence you can put it together yourself. Thus, nothing ever gets started, because it seems impossible. For me, the answer came when I finally acknowledged something that I think is the same for most people - I'm not a great self-starter, but I am great at following-up when other people need something. How does that help me?

I set things up to force me to take next steps. Like dominoes, I just have to tip one over and it will tip the next one over on its own, and so on.

For me, a "domino" is something relatively easy I can do that will result in some response, because I know I will then respond to that, and the chain-reaction will take care of the rest. I want to talk to a potential client, but not really sure how to start that process? I just start with a greeting. I know they will reply, then I will, and it will go from there. I have a great idea, but not sure how to implement it? I'll e-mail one person that might be able to help. Whatever their response is, it will give me something else to respond to, or another contact to reach out to, and I'll follow up.

This method has not only helped me personally, but I find is a regular piece of advice when coaching others on how to tackle problems in their organizations. Many people won't try to make a giant change in their department, but if you can get them to send a single e-mail, the rest will tip over piece-by-piece until it just falls into place.