I got to thinking about this post after leaving it as a draft for a couple of days. The original thought was how it pertains to business, but really, I think it applies to everything that takes up significant chunks of our time.
Most people talk about the “thing” first- work, health, hobbies, starting a new business, kids activities, etc. And while those are important middle steps, the “you-factor” should be accounted for, first and last.
Not a long, drawn-out process, but be clear on your why and how before you start.
Beginning- The Why
What do you want out of this? What do you think your ideal lifestyle looks like in 18-24 months? Does this “thing” fit into that lifestyle? Will you be proud of it after living and breathing it for months/years on end?
I encourage you to write this down because when things get tough (and they will), you’ll have a clear “why”.
Middle- The Thing
The bulk of your time. All about the “thing” or event- your business, activity, relationship, journey to better health, new job, whatever.
End- The How
How do you marry the beginning (you) and middle (thing) to find your sweet spot? What are you sure you don’t want to pursue? Is the outcome worth the time? What plans do I need to make to ensure “its” success?
An overly simplified example is buying a treadmill.
We shouldn’t buy it because we need to lose weight. A treadmill won’t make us lose weight, using it consistently might.
So why is it important to my life, what will I do to make sure it doesn’t become a clothes collector, what time am I willing to put aside to use it every day, where will I put it, will I get my return on investment, and am I going to be using it in 12 months?
Your why, thing, and how will keep you from making costly and time-consuming decisions.
Or you could leak money/time like a sieve and become a hoarder. We’ve all been there too, girlfriend. Save yourself!;)