We brought out a time-honored family recipe recently, understanding that got me thinking about exactly what a recipe for fulfillment the balance with this year may be. I tried to follow along with the standards for many good recipes: they should be easy and clear, employ what is ideally at our disposal, enable some flexibility or minor errors, and yield the required outcomes. Some tips about what I developed:
Start with the finish at heart. Do you know the outcomes that we want? Where will we see ourselves ideally next season? What's new; what's different? Do you understand why important - how can the final results advance our longer-range vision and goals?
Take inventory. What resources can we curently have available that people can employ - friends, contacts, materials, assets...? Which will we have to acquire? This task is similar to a basic navigational principle: before we could reach where we want to go, we have to first know where we have been - and it's essential to be accurate. If we accept an intricate recipe from a renowned chef, and it's really in a foreign language, the chances of failure are high. Stretch goals are wonderful, but we have to starting point. Before we put down we have to see things for the purpose they are, not that which you wish they were.
Follow a plan, but be flexible. Think through which steps, in what order, will give us the best chances of success. As an example, just like I am aware that the choc chips get added last when making chocolate cookies, it's safer to research a prospect prior to making an advertising call. If I'm away from chocolate chips, maybe I'm able to use chocolate shavings or peanut butter chips; if I haven't done the investigation yet, maybe I will reschedule.
Ask for help. I attempted a recipe once that called for white sauce, and had not a clue what which was. As opposed to wasting plenty of butter and flour or scratching the job, Specialists my spouse Carley for help. If an associate knows some a part of a few things i must deliver much better than I really do, I'd rather buy the exact help than jeopardize project quality.
Monitor progress and order feedback. Even a good cook is sensible to acquire others' opinions about if they should add any spices or serve something again. Likewise, we aren't always the best judge in our work or efforts; benefit from others' ideas or suggestions of how to approach things differently.
Stir in equal levels of courage and discipline. Just about everything that's new or hard requires courage. We want 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 sticking with them; without them we are probably be among the 80% roughly who drop their new year resolutions after January. As Aristotle said: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, isn't an act, but a habit."
Hang in there, and stay good to yourself. Challenging goals (or recipes) can be discouraging; sometimes we're tempted to just chuck it all and eat out. Keep at it, and "keep your skills about the prize." If we keep doing our best, something positive will develop; if nothing else we are going to learn something. Keep a clear head, but remember "all work and no play..." Get yourself some music, use a drop of vino, visit with company (or the equivalent at the office) and things in perspective. Even though all seems lost, it is not.