How to stay focussed on finishing when all seems lost.
I’ve been working with business owners for long enough to know that more often than not, finishing the journey isn’t the most important thing on their mind. What is on their mind is what’s happening right now and what to do about it! It’s a daily distraction than can interfere with making good decisions about where you’re headed and in the end, lead to frustration and unfulfilled expectations.
Right now, in the midst of a problem or, better still, a win it’s hard to concentrate on the bigger picture. It’s almost like where you are right now, is the end. The pit or pinnacle of your endeavours and finishing well is the forgotten goal.
Let’s do a little test.
Right now, do you feel like a success or a failure? Do you think your business is successful or a pipe dream?
How did you score?
My guess is that you were able to quantify the entirety of everything you’ve done in those 2 answers. I’m a success and what I do is a success or I’m a failure and I’ll never achieve my business dream.
So, right now, I’m going to let you in on one little secret. You’re not finished!
Remember that goal you had? That plan you worked out? Those dreams you dreamed? They’re not finished either. In fact, until they’ve been brought to life they cannot succeed or fail.
So, in committing myself to providing valuable content for you, here’s a couple of things you can do right now to keep yourself focused on the journey ahead.
Draw a map
Yep. Get out a piece of paper and a pencil and on one side of the page draw yourself as you are today. Now, on the other side, draw yourself as you intend to finish. Then in between now and your finishing line fill in all the places you’ll need to visit on the way to your destination. Give those stopovers names and if you like, dates.
I use train tracks as my preferred travel because for me trains cannot divert from the intended route. But they can go straight on by an expected stop. (We all know someone who was lucky enough to get an express train!)
What’s your itinerary
Now in a different colour it’s time to plan the things you’ll do when you stopover at a place that feels like the end. Let your self know there are things you need to do at each stopover in order to make sure you’re just visiting and not intending to stay. See the sights and then ‘get out of Dodge’!! You’re on your way to somewhere better. Finishing well is about making sure you don’t get stuck at a place you’re just passing through.
Feel free to change trains
Every now and then it can feel like we caught the last train and we’re stuck in a loop. So, when that train comes around to pick you up from struggle town, you’ll need to ask the driver where it’s headed. If it’s straight back to where you’ve come from, then stop and ask yourself if that will get you to the destination you planned. If not – don’t get back on. Go straight back into that town and ask a ‘travel agent’ what you missed seeing on that stopover. Then, make an effort to go and see it before you stand there idly waiting for your circuit train to pick you up. Finishing this journey isn’t about getting or staying on a train that’s not going the same way as you!
How will you finish well? Is today your ending or just the beginning?
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Copyright 2017 deb shugg
Deb Shugg is a recognised and awarded businesswoman and managing director of Australian Business Experts
BRW Top 50 Female Entrepreneur
SmartCompany To 50 Business.
Franchise Council Franchise Woman of the Year
BRW Fastest Growing B2B Franchise