Hey, well done. You are at Day 10 already! We’re a quarter way through.
OK, from time to time we will stop and review what we’ve been chatting about recently.
- On Day 1, we started the program and I talked about baby steps.
- Days 2 and 3 we talked about collecting problems. I advised you to collect a list of current problems. Bullet points are fine. You don’t need a comprehensive anecdote or report.
- On Day 4, I talked about the upside down rocket metaphor. I said you’ve probably got some upside down rockets in your business or personal life.
- On Day 5, we collected excuses.
- On Day 6 we talked about the ideal. This is actually an important concept because quite often clients are immersed in the problem and haven’t even give enough think time to what the opposite looks alike.
- On Day 7, I then talked about the NOW, WHERE, HOW model. Remember? State A (what I’ve got, NOW), State B (What I want instead, WHERE), State C (what’s stopping me, OBSTACLES) and Stated D (My workable plan to get around the obstacles).
- On Day 8, I encouraged you to turn your problems into projects. I asked you to do a dictionary search and then a Google search on project management (try www.12manage.com). Did you discover anything of interest, there?
- On Day 9, we revisited Problems Into Projects.
Next, are you doing the homework?
There’s not a lot to do, honestly, but it’s the habit of following through. Theory is good. Knowing what to do and why is good. But without action it’s probably a waste of your time. That’s why if you’ve tended to do the reading I want you to now get into the habit of following through.
This program is all about taking baby steps. Each day we add another small piece into the mix. We’re actually building a platform of self-trust through theory and stories. I want you to notice if you say stuff to yourself like, “I’ll do that later.” I know that in most cases ‘later’ will not come. Follow through. The homework is fairly tame, really.
As you move forward you will get more anecdotes and stories. I like stories because you can hide some great theory inside them. With that in mind here’s a story (and a heads-up; there is a comprehension test at the end!)
OK, time for a story.
The Quarry Story
When I was seven our family home was located near a quarry. Our gang used to ride our bikes down to the quarry to swim. It was loads of fun. But my mum was worried about me swimming there because she heard about a boy who dived and hit a submerged rock and broke his neck. So she said: “Under no circumstances are you to go the quarry. Is-that-clear?”
I said, “Yes mum.”
The next weekend my friends came over to my house. It was a very hot day so we got on our bikes and went … straight to the quarry. It was a great day and no one got injured or drowned.
Late that afternoon, I rode home tired and satisfied. I put my bike away in the wood shed at the back of the house and casually strolled up to the backdoor. In those days we had a fly-screen door. I opened it and got the shock of my life. There was my mum looming large in the doorway, hands on hips with a frown. She did not look happy.
“Where have you been?”
Now I’m under immense pressure. I know what’s coming next! A scolding, the wooden spoon, dad will get involved for sure. So I said, “I was at Martin’s house, wrestling in his backyard.”
Mum instantly looked relieved.
“OK. Well get cleaned up and come in for dinner.”
And with that she turned around and went inside. And I’m left on the backdoor step feeling surprised and delighted. No nagging. No scolding. No wooden spoon. No ‘wait till you father comes home’. Sweet! So … what just happened?
OK, YOUR TURN
Think about this story. There is a LOT in it. What happened? Tomorrow we will talk about the birth of a dumb idea! It will make a lot more sense if you think about what just happened at the back door.
Andrew Priestley is a qualified business leadership coach with clients worldwide. He is the author of The Money Chimp, Starting and How Money Flows Through Your Business. You can contact him through www.andrewpriestley.com
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