Every so often I, like most people, fall into a gumption trap. 

There is so much to do ( I utter a big sigh), yet I procrastinate because there is nothing on my "to-do list" that fires my imagination, forces me to heightened concentration iStock/AlphaSpiritor causes adrenaline to course though my veins, raising my pulse rate to the oh-my-gosh zone so (there are many possible finishes to this sentence):

  • I can’t start this project until I’ve done all the research, found my resources and captured the essence of the issue (or some other gumption trap mumbo-jumbo).
  • I can’t get started until (fill in the blank here) happens… and there is little likelihood of that happening any time soon… and the gumption trap yawns open a little wider.
  • I’ll hold off on this because it’s possible I’m wrong and might need to reconsider… then the trap tightens the noose. 

But thankfully there is an escape from the Gumption Trap!
If I think this through none of these excuses are logical, nor will the issues that require action just go away, so I finally got around to creating a “GTE” (Gumption Trap Eliminator) for myself and am sharing it with you to help eliminate your traps also:

  • I define the first tiny baby step for a project or task, and since it is such a little, easy step, I can negotiate with myself to get it done.  Then I convince myself that, “Since the first step is done, I might as well get the whole thing done and over with.”
  • I continue to motivate myself to overcome gumption traps whenever and wherever they occur as part of my personal growth.

I’ve found that Gumption Trap Elimination makes getting through the daily “to-do” list faster, makes it easier to break down large, daunting, complex projects into bite-size easily digestible pieces and gives me more time to attain my personal and business goals, which then gives me more self-confidence and self-trust.

And that allows me to take on more new, interesting, larger projects. 
Escape the gumption trap today — don’t wait until tomorrow.

Larry Galler specializes in coaching owners of small businesses to grow their business through effective marketing, customer retention programs and systemizing their business practices. Explore how he can help you during a free coaching session by calling (219) 464-9463. You can also receive his free assessment to measuring your company’s “culture of excellence” by sending an e-mail to Larry@LarryGaller.com. Put “excellence” in the subject line. Visit his website at www.OneYearToGreatness.com.