5 Things You Must Do to Accomplish Anything

There are 5 Things You Must Do to Accomplish Anything.

Accomplishing anything at all – from simple to complex – art to business to sports – requires these 5 things be done.


1. Start.

I had a moment of writing sarcasm and almost wrote nothing more than that one word. START. I am continually amazed how often people talk about and around a dream and yet don’t actually BEGIN. So if you have something you want to accomplish, START. There is no perfect time. Waiting until….. is often waiting forever.

START. Get comfortable with imperfect action, which leads to number two.

2. Action.  Nothing is ever accomplished by only thinking about it. Even the greatest philosophical works involving years of thought,  require action to document and share those thoughts and theories. For mere mortals beginning an entrepreneurial business, or a project or artistic creation there must be built into your structure,  time filled with consistent productive action. I often suggest the TICBD Method. TICBD is a list of “tasks I could be doing .  It sits somewhere visible in your office or home and protects you from moments of  – “I know I should be productive but I’m unsure of what I should be doing now”.

3. Clarity. To accomplish anything you must know what it is you are aiming to accomplish. To me this means getting exquisitely clear on your goals, your purpose, your mission with this project and what really has meaning for you. Clarity forms the foundation that supports the thing you are creating. Without a strong foundation you will build your business, your house, even your relationships on a mound of  shifting sand.

We dive deeply into your Foundation when you coach with me either privately or as an EBSC member, because it’s  so crucial! Too many people build their framework and structure without the clarity of what has meaning for them and what fuels their energy and focus. In order to accomplish anything I know you must be crystal clear as to WHO you are and as to WHY you have chosen this particular path.

4. Belief and Understanding.  Belief in yourself. Belief in your mission. Understanding of the processes involved to move towards completion and success. I have a pet peeve about the word “TRY”. When you are ready to step forward with your business or your project or even cleaning the oven, there is no try. There is do and do not do. Belief in your ability to take action is the key. You might fail. Seriously. You might fail to accomplish your goal, your dream, your oven cleaning. But when you begin with a strongly felt and stated belief in it at least you begin with the expectation of success!

In oven cleaning there is not a lot of baggage around to interfere. But in many entrepreneurial projects there is. We run our plans through a filter of questions, self-doubt, messages from our parents and teachers that linger in our subconscious. This baggage can lead to procrastination and lack of focus, causing us to make excuses rather than stepping boldly forward, which is why Transforming Your Story is so crucial to accomplishing your goal

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Understanding all the ins and outs and processes involved with moving from here to there with your plan is also huge. It’s frustrating to begin expecting a sprint and realize partway in that you have signed up for a marathon.  Most entrepreneurial business ventures are a marathon. Even if you’ve heard of people striking gold in just a few months from beginning, chances are there is a back story you are not seeing. Take the time to investigate – yet don’t let yourself get stuck in analysis paralysis. Imperfect Action is much better than no action.  Which brings us to…. five.

5. Coach-ability. You don’t know it all. I don’t know it all. In fact no one knows it all, and even if they did, no one can see their own forest for the trees. In order to accomplish anything that has some degree of learning and challenge for you, you must be open to input, constructive criticism, education and alternative ideas. This is what it means to be coach-able.  No matter your existing skill or knowledge level, there is always more to learn and ways to expand your perception and methods.

I have a number of clients who are quite expert in their field. Pro athletes are experts in their sport. Top CEO’s and Billion Dollar earner are expert in their companies. All would be loathe to do what they do without regular interaction with a coach or mentor. Why? Because another person trained to reflect and reframe your thoughts and idea is like having a secret magic weapon in your back pocket. Someone who can see what you are doing and expand, inform and even correct what you yourself cannot see, is crucial to  success.

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I’d love to hear from you in the comments below about something you’ve accomplished by doing at least one of these 5 steps, if not all FIVE!!

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Deborah Tutnauer

Entrepreneur Business Success Coach at Deborah Tutnauer, LLC
Inspiring change in people for over 25 years, Deborah Tutnauer, MEd, MSWdigs deep to help authentic entrepreneurs move away from the stories that no longer serve them while clarifying and solidifying those that really do! Deborah helps frustrated entrepreneurs get exquisitely clear about meaning, purpose and expertise, then facilitates the creation of a financially sustainable and joyfully structured framework in which business and business people thrive.

Coaching both privately and in groups, Deborah is also a speaker, author, event leader and consultant. Creator of the Foundation and Framework Intensive, Question Master and Leader of the Entrepreneur Business Success Club, Deborah has been called an “Architect of Magical Business and Soul Structure”by her clients because she has a powerful ability to perform alchemy, changing passions and dreams into money and time by design.

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  1. says

    Hi Deborah,

    Those are definitely some basic and important pillars to getting important goals done. I’d add one more pillar to connect between them all -remember. I constantly remind myself what the goal is and how I will reach it.

    Thanks, and I’ll be stopping by again.
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  2. says

    Hi Deborah,

    You have listed amazing points to get success in every field.

    There are many people who just start thinking about their plans to work upon but after sometime the only thing remain is an idea. People can’t get success in any field until they implement their idea to work.

    If you want to achieve your goal then it is necessary that in which direction you have to move. Clarity in the vision is the most important part.

    Thanks for the article.

    Hope you are enjoying this week.:)

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    • says

      I appreciate your comment Ravi, and I agree with you on the high importance of clarity. In my coaching programs for entrepreneurs, I spend a great deal of time on developing that clarity within my clients. I feel blessed to be bringing over 20 years experience as a psychotherapist in my past to the business of coaching entrepreneurs – for I do believe 90% of success is an inside game – a head trip -a changing of filters and stories.

      Clarity of direction of movement – the reason for that movement – the meaning behind the actions – set the foundation on which to build a solid financially sustainable and also joyful business structure.

      I have had a great week Ravi and certainly hope you have as well!
      Thank you for taking the time to stop by and share your thoughts.

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  3. says

    Hi Deborah,

    When it comes to accomplishing anything, I do believe one must have clarity in order to roll up their sleeves and take that first step to start taking action.

    Sometimes we may think we have a clear sight on our ultimate goals, but working with a person is the way to go. As a coach probes and asks questions as to “where is the end game you want to accomplish?” I always find it is more that they think it is.

    Once we can map out a specific goal, then we can work towards it, step by step. Each person is unique and has different ways they need to take action. This is why I just love working one to one. It could be me as a student or a teacher!

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    • says

      Such important thoughts Donna.
      Clarity of the dream is crucial. Taking it a step further, clarity self, values, skills, motivations, meaning and blocking baggage all play a part in how the journey unfolds.

      Funny that both you and Ravi in the comment prior to yours, focus in on the clarity piece.
      I love that!

      As for working one on one as teacher or student – there is certainly some wonderful energy in that dynamic, isn’t there?
      One of my mentors teaches moving one’s coaching practice away from one-on-one, to a small and large group structure. I understand the reasoning. One-on-one, you can only scale to the point of the end of hours in your day. Yet by coaching with groups, the scaling is much more doable.

      That being said – I so love one-on-one coaching, that even in my Entrepreneur mastermind membership club – every member gets one private session per month. Yes, it’s great for them. The secret reason I structured it that way though, is because it’s also great for me. I feel such joy when my energy connects intimately with another and within that connection, shift happens. I don’t think I’d even want to give that up – as a teacher/coach – and also as a student!

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment Donna.
      I hope your week was delightful and productive.

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  4. says

    Hi Deborah.

    Very truly said, the first start to accomplishing anything in life, no matter how big or how small, is to –START! And this is just why many people are failures in life – they dream of big things – but they do not want to make that START to make their dreams come true.

    Great blog you have.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • says

      You are so right Marcel!
      So very many wonderful ideas that never get much further than the proverbial drawing board – if that.
      It’s scary for people to “START”.


      Because by starting you are tossing your hat into the ring.
      When you begin, you commit.

      There’s the chance of failure.
      People could think you are ridiculous.
      You might lose face or lose money.

      Or you could succeed beyond your wildest dreams!
      Imagine that!!
      A scary thought indeed for many.

      Maybe it’s just easier and safer to dream
      sitting on the sofa watching sitcom reruns?

      Fears can have such power if we let them
      They can also be just what we need to stand
      up – step forward and take action!

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  5. says

    Hi Deborah.

    How are you?

    Thanks for stopping over at my blog and taking the time to read. I really appreciate it.

    Happy to hear we share similar thoughts.

    You can be sure that I will keep coming back to your blog…a lot of very interesting info you have here.

    Thanks again.



  6. Marcel Spitz says

    Hi Deborah.

    Trust you are doing well.

    Yes of course I have joined your notification list and as promised, will be here regularly…you have an awesome blog!!!

    Thanks for saying you would visit my blog regularly, appreciate it.

    Have a great Sunday.



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