Bear with me now …
Do you know where your business is heading and what it shall look like when you eventually ‘get there?’
“What? Of course.” I hear you say. “That’s a natural!” Comes another …
I know the evangelists profess the ‘only’ way to achieve is to keep that picture of the ultimate ‘me and the business’ in focus, as part of the plan moving forward. Some find that pretty easy, (and I know it differs depending on your own circumstances,) some find it tough going, we all have our diversions to path, we are swayed with trends, different challenges or solutions that promise much and (sadly) deliver not a lot.
Some of us just find it easy to stay on track. Take Gus, he’s one of the guys who started my publishing platform here several years ago, he is one such person. Gus sees a vision, he has his twelve-month goal all mapped out – he’s even stuck it up and over our wall here!
Gus creates the vision, he has this monthly cycle of events that he sees need to happen to enable change, bring fulfilment … and he tackles those, one by one until he’s into the next month, the next and ultimately – which I find so annoying Gus reaches October and he’s there, right on top, he’s in charge and knows exactly how the next eight weeks are going to be impact his degree of fulfilment.
Gus calls it his ‘numbers game’ and he is always working on it, Gus believes day to day revolves around simple numbers … he keeps a pencil and paper beside his keyboard and jots down influences here, the to-do’s there and he just gets it done! Gus knows exactly what needs to be doing for months in advance for goodness sake!
Lucky for me I hear you say? Drives me nuts I would suggest!
We all need a Gus in our lives don’t we? These are the people who have that ability to avoid the static, the pull of the me-me-me, the online like-fest and must do’s to keep up or else style of influence that annoys the heck out of me … and many others I’m sure.
Gus is beginning to rub-off though. I leave the lists and heavy duty wall-planners to him as I work on my “three word mind map,” reinstated for next year and and my short-cut to staying on track, I can solve the conundrum of the ‘bigger picture’ with just a little work.
All I have to do is stay between the lines. Whenever distracted simply recall my three words. Easy isn’t it? Keep focused and understand that while I continue on the day to day ‘stuff’ I already know who we’ll need and what we shall require to get to the ultimate destination and what I have to do to make that happen.
Engage * Develop * Grow does it for me.
What are your three words to guide you? I’d like to know how you intend to to fulfil your vision of the future, let me know if I can help.