In my 30+ years of leading, managing and training people, I have helped hundreds create a personal “Vision Map” for their own Desired End Results.
The biggest stumbling block is always their being PARALYZED with fear of the unknown or unknowable.
One…they either can’t visualize an end result they think they can achieve.
(This is where I have to convince them that they want what they want and
for the time-being just forget about whether they think it’s possible or not.)
Two…they can visualize what they want BUT can’t see themselves going
from where they are to where they want to be.
The GAP is just too wide….so they get PARALYZED and do nothing.
Think: The Six Days of Creation
(ideas paraphrased from “Principle Centered Leadership” by Stephen Covey)
“A little bit at a time all the time has the greatest possibility of success.”
“Persist without exception.”
Aesop’s fable: “The Tortoise and the Hare.”
K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid
These are all maxims that demonstrate the Principle of The Law of the Farm
(sequential development process) that is the key to success.
As recorded in Genesis, God created the earth in six days.
Each day was important and each in its own time:
First day: light
Second day: sky and water
Third day: land and seas
Fourth day: sun, moon and stars
Fifth day: fish and birds
Sixth day: animals and man
- As children, we learn to turn over then sit up, then crawl, then walk
and then run. Each step is important and critical. No step can be skipped.
- In school we study basic math before algebra, algebra before calculus.
We simply cannot do calculus until we understand algebra.
- In construction we build a strong foundation before doing any framing
and finishing work.
The notion here is that there is a natural sequence to succeeding.
Progress in any endeavor means you have to accept that you may be at Day 2 in knowledge or experience and it would be foolish to try expect Day 6 results.
To conquer this “paralysis” that prevents most people from even starting much less “finishing” – think about and understand these six “implications” of this “six-day” principle.
Growth is a natural process – You reap what you sow; algebra before calculus; crawling before walking.
Comparisons are Dangerous – compare yourself only to yourself.
The Principle of Constant Improvement is: Be better today than yesterday
and be better tomorrow that today.
Remember “there is no wrong way; there is Good – there is Better – and then there is Best.”
We are all at different “days” in our creation process – I may be at day
one in one area of my personal growth development and someone else may
be at day 5 in that area; whereas, I may be at day six in one area and that
same person is only at day one.
Your day four may be my day two. .
There is no short cut – If I am at day two and desire to move to day six
I must go thru the sequence of day three, four and five in order.
This where being HONEST is critical.
If you are not honest and authentic you will lose – PERIOD.
To improve we must start from where we are – By doing “one more push-up” than I did the day before, I can more easily get to 30 in a month’s time.
Just start from where you’re at and keep moving forward and improving as you go.
Be a Student of your business.
Be honest about Current Reality – we need to understand our strengths and
weaknesses and be honest about them. Know what motivates us and what
de-motivates us. Almost everyone I have ever worked with in this process
just simply did not know where to start so they developed paralysis.
The key to not being paralyzed is always begin where you are, at your day one.