Start Getting Stuff Done

Start Getting Stuff Done

Do you struggle with self-sabotage and procrastination?

When you are exposed to a good business tactic, do you apply it right away or somehow find something else to figure out first?

get-stuff-done-nowProcrastination and its sister, 'scatter-brain', have cost me thousands of dollars.  It took me a while to get real and honest about this problem. Most of us have it and it is like a disease eating up your dreams and potential, while taking away energy and precious memories with your family that you can never get back. 

When your inner beliefs are out of alignment with your stated goals, your best efforts will be met with procrastination and self-sabotage. However, when your inner beliefs are fully aligned with your outer goals, then success is infinitely more achievable. This holds true for all areas of life.


Read closely what Napoleon Hill says: 

The principle of concentration is the medium by which procrastination is overcome. The same principle is the foundation upon which both self-confidence and self-esteem are predicated.

Being an entrepreneur involves days full of decisions–some needing to be made quickly.  Waiting for the right time or when you feel the ambition is not always the best way to go about it.  I recommend that you start getting used to feeling uncomfortable and make a habit of just doing things instead of stewing, turning on the telvision or choosing to empty out the dishwasher first.

When I work with clients I can tell right away who will be the most successful.  It is always those who do what I tell them to do the same day.  They always see results faster.  I know and you may have already experienced that action is the key to getting things done.  Stop trying to be perfect and trying so hard to talk yourself out of just getting it done.

If you are anything like me, you are your worst critic. You are probably a person who wants more, expects more and spends time doing what it takes…at least most of the time.  Then you are quite amazing and all you have to do now is show up without ever worrying about what others think.  That seems to be a big part of what holds most people back.  They have been around smaller thinkers and those who blame their circumstances and whine about how bad their life is.

If you want to start a business, there are two things you should get crystal clear about:

  1. Your expertise.  All of us are experts at something.  You have unique talents, gifts and experiences.  You have something others will learn from and want you to teach them.  Whether you are a coach, artist, photographer, writer, attorney, school teacher, florist, dancer, parent, etc.  You are good at something, passionate about something and others want your insight and advice.  So go share it with the world.  It is called VALUE.  You have value and you were meant to share it and make money doing so.  Isn't that great news?  Well, it should be and it is about time you put a plan together and start rolling out the red carpet for yourself because no one else will.
  2. What you want.  Really think about what you want, what you need and what you are going to be satisfied with when you retire.  If you never see yourself retiring (neither do I), that is great too.  When you want to settle down, travel, spoil your grandchildren, whatever that thing is for you.  I am told that your expenses go up–not down.  You will have more time to play, so think about it.  

What is it going to take for you to live the lifestyle you want per month? 

Are you going to want to leave something for your children?

As much as making cash now may be important to you, start thinking about building your fortune also.  

Have you thought about the four different types of income that you can start bringing into your home or business within the immediate future?  You only have so much time, so you better learn how to monetize and make the most of your time by learning how to turn your income streams into four different types:  

  1. Passive Income
  2. Recurring Income
  3. Leveraged Income
  4. Active Income

Once you master all four income streams by creating them in your life and business, there is no stopping you from building your fortune.

Once I discovered and experienced those four income streams in my life and bank account, I realized just what I had been missing.


About Online Biz Boomer Babe

Rachel Lavern is a Certified Business Coach and founder of My Booming Online Business--a blog for middle-age, global, uptown women. She is on a mission to transform entrepreneurs' finances by teaching the action set, mindset and skill set needed to get launched + make money.


  1. This is an area in which I am working diligently. I am persistent, and I don’t procrastinate, but I DO struggle with making sure that my thoughts are focused on the right activities. Jon Morrow of Copyblogger and Boost Blog Traffic fame is a fan of keeping EVERYTHING on a calendar. I have started to do that in the past couple of weeks, and it’s made a HUGE difference in my productivity.

    Great article, Rachel! I know that mastering both my time and working in a focused way towards my goals is going to help me tremendously. I love your blog, btw!
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  2. Rachel,

    I like your 2 sisters, procrastination and scatter brained. I find that when I have a big project, something that I know will take time and delving deeply into it, that is when I can easily get my papers filed, my laundry completed, my bills paid and my tax papers organized and tallied. It is not exactly procrastination because these other things have to get done. It is just that the project takes on such importance that the other stuff seems easy in comparison.

    What helps me most is having a deadline. As soon as I know that I “must” get it done for some important reasons – a live presentation, a webinar, a clients – then it suddenly becomes easy and I get it done.

    What you are suggesting is to not only do it when inspired but to find a way to gear up and do it even when not inspired.

    I also like your breakdown of the 4 types of income. Instead of working my the hour and getting a limited number of dollars per hour, receiving passive and recurring income as well as leveraged income certainly can make life a lot easier.

    Dr. Erica
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  3. Hey Rachel,

    It’s been a while since I’ve been on your blog but glad to be here for this topic.

    You know procrastination is father time’s worst enemy. We’re only given a certain amount of time during the day and we have our lifetime is limited as well. This is why it’s so important to make those decisions and put it to action.

    I believe my problem was and still is at time is that we have this fear that whatever the task is will be a waste of time. Our beliefs isn’t on the level that it should be. I find that with a lot of other people who start a home business. They want something that is surely going to work without going through the pitfalls. But I came realize for myself if I’m going to learn anything then I must go through these pitfalls so that I can be even of more value to someone else that haven’t gotten their feet wet!

    Thanks for sharing Rachel and I hope you have a great week ahead!
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    • Hi Sherman,

      I, too, sometimes suspect that a thing will be a waste of my time but I see everything as a lesson.  Life is not about avoiding the pitfalls–it is about cultivating an ability to respond and learn from them instead of reacting and being absorbed into them.  Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

  4. “When your inner beliefs are out of alignment with your stated goals, your best efforts will be met with procrastination and self-sabotage.”

    Rachel, you are so right that this is true in every area of our lives. I think most people aren’t even aware that their inner beliefs are out of alignment with their stated goals. I know I wasn’t, until recently. This is why it’s so important for us to identify and deal with those underlying heart beliefs that are holding us back and causing resistance to everything we need to do. For example, my stated goal may be to lose 25 lbs. by the end of the year. But if my inner belief is that it’s no use, I’ve tried so many times before, and failed, and I’m tired… guess what won’t happen! In that case, I would need to deal with the inner belief first, or no amount of willpower will get me what I want on a permanent basis.
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  5. What you say is so true Rachel!

    And on so many levels! We definitely tend to over complicate things, don’t we? I love your train of thought
    about procrastination having a twin sister.

    And isn’t amazing what happens as soon as we get our inner beliefs in line with our stated goals! As remove or resolve that inner conflict, low and behold, we start rapidly moving towards are achievable goals.

    Imagine that. And I really love you reference to to the four basic types of income! Great article and insights!

    Thanks for sharing them!

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts Mark.  Funny when I think back to when I used allow my mind to be bombarded with negative ideas and doom and gloom.  Glad that I learned how that negativity created inner conflict that cancels out the manifestations.

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  6. Procrastination is certainly a killer of progress and initiative, Rachel.

    One of the best ways I’ve found to stop the “scatter-brain” sabotage is to write production schedules for the main projects I’m undertaking at the moment. This ensures that there be NO excuse for not getting things done. When I’m working on a specific project, it takes priority over everything. I won’t even look at my emails or FB accounts before I complete the day’s scheduled production task. In fact, that gives me additional incentive to get the most important tasks of the day completed as quickly as possible… so I can see what’s in my email 🙂
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  7. Hi Rachel,

    I agree that your inner beliefs have to be aligned with your goals because if they are not you will not have the drive or motivation to be consistent in your efforts. We must have a focus. There are many times we will be uncomfortable but that is normal and is a part of growth. If we stay in that same place day after day and year after year we will never grow and proscastination and its sister will take over our lives. Thanks for sharing.
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  8. Hello Rachel, I am so happy I stopped by tonight this is just the kick in the but I needed to get me going.. GRR I purchased this course last week and just havent had a chance to really dig into it as of yet..HUM I do need to think about the reasons I purchased this in the first place and then get to work..

    Thanks for sharing.. Chery :))

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