Believe me, I’m not one to get excited about cows, but Rosie was different. Turns out she was hiding a secret. A week or so after the due date, we all were still holding baited breath. Then my brother announced that Rosie wasn’t ‘with calf’ after all! What a bum steer he got!
As with any significant plan that utterly bursts (pun intended), it’s important to first evaluate what led to the disappointing outcome and then take stock of the situation. Let’s assume there was a bull involved somewhere in the story. Okay, then the question is, “Did the bull find Rosie attractive?” “Was the big night staged correctly — you know, lighting, music, or whatever it is cows enjoy?” Or, of course, the question you know you want to ask, “Is Rosie even into bulls! “
Whoever informed my brother that Rosie was ‘in the family way’ gave him a load of bull (sorry, I can’t help myself). His story reminds me of people who get excited and energized about their new goals, but make early, critical missteps that can result in those best laid plans going south.
What about you? Have you given enough time, due diligence and attention to your goal to make sure it will deliver? Let’s examine some simple solutions.
Whether you are considering a new career or life goal (or both), here are some critical missteps you want to avoid…..
1. Don’t commit your goals to writing. No matter if the goal is small, short-term or seemingly easy to achieve, not putting it in writing will almost guarantee it won’t turn out as you had hoped, if at all.
2. Don’t plan ahead – Wing it. Once you have a new goal, it’s tempting to just throw yourself into action with all that newfound energy. But have you thought through the steps involved? Have you completed a viability check of your goal? Like my brother’s case, maybe it’s worth it to get a vet (or a career coach, in your case) who can definitively confirm there’s a potential positive outcome in the pipe lines!
3. Give up early and avoid the rush. You know this one – you always wanted to be a teacher and are reconsidering that as an option now. But you read that schools are cutting back, so you give up before you even start. My husband had a startup in a competitive hi-tech environment. Above his desk was a framed cartoon of a frog grabbed at the throat and held at the open mouth of a nasty-looking crane with the words “Never, never, ever, give up.” It’s too easy to assume that the roadblocks you encounter are permanent and impassable. Maybe you just need a ‘Plan B’.
4. Focus on the negative. So many people think only about what it would be like if they fail that they never get started. Ask yourself why you want the goal in the first place. If you have a compelling reason, then proceed forward. First, write the steps you’ll need to take. Now ask yourself what or who can help you complete those steps. It’s the old expression of ‘feel the fear and do it anyway.’
Do you have a plan now? Or, is there one in the back of your head you’ve always wanted to execute? There’s no time like the present to make sure it’s sound … and you’re not shooting blanks! Contact me for a quick evaluation and diagnosis.