The world witnessed history in the making as Canada had won the Gold medal standings with 14 Gold medals. After the beginning of the Olympics on February 1st, Canada had only won 1 gold in a span of 10 days. People knew that Canada would carry a few medals to the podium, but the athletes had a goal in mind. A goal that was golden in history. But this golden goal took at least 4 years (if not more) to attain.
As an entrepreneur, starting a business makes us so busy because we’re immersed with the details involved in making it an eventual success. But the day you start building should be the day you should start designing your exit. It should be the ultimate goal of your success. Your golden goal.
Unfotunately, many entrepreneurs have long-term projects with short-term expectations. If you do, that is a sure path to frustration and failure.
Think of a couple of lifestyle goals that your achieving or want to achieve in your life. Most of you would say a healthy diet and exercise. These have to be regular habits in order for these goals to effective. Your business or career operate the same way. They take time and planning because it doesn’t happen overnight.
The world we live in is based on “immediate gratification”. There’s cell phones, voice mail, e-mail, and faxes that have made a “waiting” period unacceptable and almost obsolete. With information immediately available, we expect relationships and goal achievement to be done the same. As you read this you know that it is unreasonable to expect that, don’t you? We’ve been led by advertisers to believe that we deserve the immediate gratification, and that it is readily and effortlessly available!
Let me give you a few practical examples. When you want to train a puppy, you know that it’s going to take time and consistent reinforcement. You’re ready for that, because you want your puppy to behave in an acceptable way. Why then, are you so patient with the puppy and so hard on yourself?
When you plant seeds in the garden, you tend them, water them, hope for sunlight and nurture them. Are you nurturing yourself for your golden goal?
The best way to move gently and effectively towards your golden goal is to take a reasonable approach. Break your long-term project goal into sub-goals. Break it into doable, short-term chunks. Today prepare the soil; tomorrow plant the seeds.
Each action you take and each step is satisfying because you know that it is contributing to the completion of your goal. You cannot rush Mother Nature with your garden, and the same is true for your goals.
This process is much more than “bloom where you’re planted”, because when you’re the gardener you choose what to plant and how to nurture it. Do the same for yourself, and grow yourself beautifully. Your goals will be accomplished in due time, and you won’t end up up-tight and frazzled. You alone are the Golden Goal.