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Most of us are always starting something:
a new job
a new diet
a new relationship
a new project
a new adventure
How do you start well? How do you begin so that you avoid past mistakes? How do you ensure the best possible chance of success? Are there any strategies that work? It turns out that there are a lot of things that go into a successful venture, some of them are so obvious that there are catchy phrases to remind us of them. For instance, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” But there are some other things that are not so intuitive. In the book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing Daniel Pink identifies several key ideas that could make or break your success. Here are two key ideas:
Begin with a pre-mortem: We are all familiar with a post-mortem, but what if you analyze and anticipate everything that could go wrong before you even start? Then you develop a plan for how to handle it before it even happens.
Begin at the beginning: Research shows that starting something at the beginning of a time frame improves the chance of success. There are a lot of possibilities here. You could begin at the beginning of a new year, a new month, a new season or a new quarter. You could also begin on a day that only has significance for you; your birthday, an anniversary or a graduation day.
Begin with the end in mind: Stephen Covey had it right when he advised us all to determine where we are going before we take the first step. Having an end in mind can help us determine the best first step and keep us on the right path. Another way to think about this is to ask ourselves, “What would a wildly successful ending look like?” Not only does this help us create a path to follow but it gives us a motivating vision to aspire to.
How you start has a great impact on the success of your new venture.
In case you missed it, here is a video from me and my friend and creativity coach, Ginny Lennox, on how to get started when you are feeling overwhelmed:
What do you do to ensure success when you start something new? I’d love to hear in the comment section:)
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