Home-based eBay sellers are constantly assaulted by temptations, distractions and diversions. The Tivo is full of your favorite recorded shows. Your children need some sort of assistance. The fridge beckons. A new article (or blog post!) grabs your attention. All these things take you away from your most profitable activities – which include listing, site design, promotion, PR, branding, direct mail and so forth.
Everyone talks about how “ACTION” is so important. But, beneath that little secret is the real one – “The START.” The start is crucial to action. Starting something — anything — is often the eBay seller’s biggest challenge. There are so many reasons not to start. But the accumulation of false starts, and start denials eventually adds up to poor performance and results. The mind that doesn’t start is the bad mind at work. It’s the same one that doesn’t want to get up at 5AM. The one that goes for chocolate rather than broccoli.
If you start something.. anything.. however.. it eventually produces good stuff. A plan, process or outline that’s in place helps guarantee good stuff. Because, everyone knows that some do’ers do the wrong thing. That can be very dangerous.
There’s a science that studies “bad actions,” and it’s covered quite well in a book called Deep Survival. This is where people make rapid, “blink” decisions in survival situations and fail miserably (usually resulting in death). Fortunately eBay is a more forgiving environment. If you fail, you get tons of data that shows you where you went wrong. And you can always fix things and try again. That’s not so when you’re climbing Everest.
Now.. in the interest of starting something, I’ll clam up and let you launch that next critical action.