Success – It is possible to Recipe?
We got out a time-honored family recipe recently, and that got me considering what a recipe for success the balance of this year could be. I tried to follow along with the standards for many good recipes: they ought to be relatively simple and clear, employ what is ideally at our disposal, enable some flexibility or minor errors, and yield the specified outcomes. This is what I came up with:
Focus on the conclusion in mind. What are the outcomes that we want? Where do we see ourselves ideally the coming year? What’s new; what’s different? Why is that important – the way the outcome advance our longer-range vision and goals?
Take inventory. What resources can we currently have on hand that we can employ – friends, contacts, materials, assets…? That will we have to acquire? This is sort of a basic navigational principle: before we could reach where you want to go, we need to first know where we are – and it’s really critical to be accurate. If we accept an intricate recipe from a renowned chef, and it’s really inside a language, the likelihood of failure are high. Stretch goals are excellent, but we have to be realistic. Before we put down we must see things for what they are, not what we should wish these folks were.
Follow a plan, but be flexible. Think through which steps, with what order, gives us the very best likelihood of success. For instance, much like I know that the choc chips get added last when making chocolate cookies, it’s easier to research a prospect before you make an advertising and marketing call. If I’m away from choc chips, maybe I’m able to use chocolate shavings or peanut butter chips; easily haven’t done the research yet, maybe I will reschedule.
People for assistance. I tried a recipe once that called for white sauce, coupled with no clue what that was. As opposed to wasting plenty of butter and flour or scratching the work, Specialists my partner Carley for help. If the associate knows some part of a few things i have to deliver much better than I actually do, I’d rather purchase the assistance than jeopardize project quality.
Monitor progress and request feedback. Even a good cook is smart to obtain others’ opinions about whether to add any spices or serve something again. Likewise, we are not always the very best judge of our work or efforts; take advantage of others’ ideas or suggestions of ways to approach things differently.
Stir in equal levels of courage and discipline. Just about everything that’s new or hard requires courage. We’d like courage to follow our personal path, try something totally new or untested or commit when rewards are uncertain. Discipline essentially means replacing old habits or routines with new ones, and staying with them; without it we have been apt to be on the list of 80% roughly who drop their new year resolutions by the end of January. As Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, just isn’t an action, however a habit.”
Hang in there, and stay good to yourself. Challenging goals (or recipes) may be discouraging; sometimes we’re lured to just chuck it all and eat out. Keep going with it, and “keep your eye around the prize.” As we carry on doing our very best, something positive will develop; if nothing else we will learn something. Keep a clear head, bear in mind “all work and no play…” Put on some music, use a glass of vino, visit with company (or perhaps the equivalent at the office) and things in perspective. Even if all seems lost, it’s not.