A Process That Works
Congratulations! You are on your way!
But where are you going? And how will you get there?
When we start new things, we really want them to work out. The problem is that what we do sometimes gets in the way. It may be an old habit, not having the resources to succeed, or that we aren't that clear on what the final outcome is. One of the most common ways we get in our own way is by rushing into action before we are ready to (or should).
One of the most successful endeavours of all time is McDonald's. They are everywhere. WHY? Because they have the best food? Not quite! The serve us a consistent experience that meets our needs at a price we can afford.
HOW did they do that? They have a process that simply works, can be followed by any franchisee, and is infinitely repeatable. Many competitors have tried making a process, but failed, mostly because it was too hard to follow or simply wasn't complete. Having the RIGHT process is critical. Let's look at what makes up a good process that best leads to success.
Good information leads to better choices, which ends in the best outcomes. But how do we know what we don't already know. Or what we need to know? Here is a good start:
- Stop. Quiet all the noise and confusion, choices and dependencies, causes and effects.
- Feel. At the end of this work, how do you need to feel? How will your life be better? How did we feel when we tried before, but came up short? This is important for later.
- Value. What do we value the most and what is most likely to help us feel better? Why do we want to feel that way? Who do we need to 'take with us' on this journey?
- Think. We often start by jumping to the easiest or readily available solution. Don't. Think about all the ways we can approach getting that feeling. We'll sort and reduce them later.
- Prioritise. The things that get you the most valuable things need to be at the top of the list, less valuable are lower on the list.
- Resource. We only have time, money, and effort to 'do what we do'. We need to know how much (and what kind) of each we have
- Commit. Jump into it, not blindly or desperately, rather with intention and a balance of emotion, sense, practicality in resources.
- Plan. By putting 'pre-cursor' things before the actions that need them, we can be ready to go sooner and with less delay, cost, and frustration.
- Measure. EVERY task must be measurable, especially of the resources we invest. That way, we can know when it's done, that it works, and that we got what we needed.