I have heard athletes say that when they run a race that they get an energy boost when they can see the finish line. I know that when I am working on a project (in my personal life that may be crocheting a blanket) as I get close to the end, I get a boost of enthusiasm for seeing the finished product. We also find this in our business environment when coming to the completion of a project.
But, what happens when the finish line seems elusive? What happens when the finish line is too far off? How do we get that burst of energy and enthusiasm to complete our goals?
First, do you have your goals and your projects clearly articulated? If you haven’t defined your target goals or projects you will never know when you are getting close to the finish line. A sure fire way to have your enthusiasm for your business disappear and go into hiding.
Secondly, are your projects to big? Is the finish line so far off in the distance that you lose your enthusiasm and quit the race? If this is the case then look for smaller milestones within your project. Make them realistic and meaningful, but know that each is important to moving you forward. As you approach each interim milestone, see it as a finish line that you are looking forward to crossing.
What else in your business can be viewed as a finish line, even if it is not a ‘project’? Maybe there are people you want to connect with, a book that you want to read, or employees you want to get to know more. Look at your ‘want to do’ list and see if you can look at it as accomplishing a goal.
When we see a finish line that we really want to cross, we discover a new found energy that propels us forward to that sense of accomplishment and joy.
What are some of the ‘finish lines’ for you in your business?