Eric M. Twiggs is the Chief Executive Officer and President of The What Now Movement, a group dedicated to building up high-performing entrepreneurs, authors, and career professionals to be ready for life’s unexpected challenges. He’s also the author of The Discipline of Now: 12 Practical Principles to Overcome Procrastination. As a certified life and business coach, Eric has conducted over 28 thousand coaching sessions, helping executive leaders and entrepreneurs transition from frustration to fulfillment.
When the pandemic started, there were a lot of people sitting around waiting for things to get back to normal. Eric heard it again and again in his circle, but he responded, “That’s the last thing you should be doing. You should be asking yourself ‘What now?’” And that simple question became a movement designed to stop people stopping and help them pivot.
Failure to pivot – or as it’s known in the improv world: adapt – is largely about procrastination. And the biggest way to push back against procrastination is to exercise self-awareness. For many of us, there are some things we just don’t like doing, and even if those things need to be done, you don’t have to be the person to do them. You can outsource those tasks, and move forward with the things that you love to do.
Someday, we’ll settle into a new sense of normal, but it’s still incredibly valuable to maintain that “What now?” mentality. You have to diversify your approaches so that you are never dependent on one technique. There’s always going to be disruption. It may not be as severe as what we’ve been dealing with over the past year, but every disruption is going to offer opportunities to close the gap and get ahead while others struggle to make the necessary changes.
Eric’s show, The 30 Minute Hour, is not your everyday podcast. It provides a lot of humor, as well as actionable advice that people can implement in their daily lives. If you’re struggling with procrastination, give it a listen and find out how you can take action in your daily life. Or pick up his book, The Discipline of Now, and learn more practical ways to overcome that procrastination, and pivot more quickly.
Don’t let perfection be the enemy of progress. Focus on the next step, don’t wait until you know everything you need to know from beginning to end. Just figure out the next step and take it. Then the next one. Before you know it, you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come.