Have you fizzled out too early? Did you finish the last few steps in your business plan with 100%? Did you rush though the last part of the project and miss those important and crucial details?
When starting a new project or business, we are often bursting with excitement and are incredibly motivated. The plan has been written, decisions have been made, and it is time to get down to the work. Your motivation pays off, you (and your team) are making remarkable progress. Goals are being met and the end is in sight, you’re almost there.
When you dreamt of this day, you thought the motivation and excitement would be even stronger and more elevated at this point than it was in the beginning. Ironically though many people at this point in the process fall into one of two categories:
- ….so enthusiastic to be near the end that during this last crucial mile he/she rushes through the last steps and misses important details. The missing details are enough to hold a company back or stop a project or company from reaching its full potential.
- ….slows down to the point of almost stopping or just pull out all together. Why would someone quit so close to the finish line? Some people are afraid of success or what it will bring? Some people think if they worked hard ¾ of the way the last ¼ of way will just come to them.
It is often difficult getting started on a new business adventure or taking the first steps in a new project, but the last mile can often be the most difficult part of the process. It is the point in the process when you are making final decisions, putting new processes in place and evaluating all the processes you put in place during the early stages. You want it to be perfect. The last mile is like the final cut.
How do you ensure you complete the last mile?
- Keep open communication with your team and provide encouragement and motivation to each other.
- Find what motivates you and incorporate that into your plan. For example if something motivates you, use it as a reward after you complete each step. Rewards could be candy, a couple hours away, a cup of coffee, etc.
- Make the end into a vision. Post a picture of what the end will look like in place you can see it every day.
- Break up the steps you need to do, make a list of what you need to accomplish every day. This is a great way to ensure you do not forget the little steps.
- Talk with a mentor or a leadership coach. They are often the one you will need to turn to from time to time to keep you motivated and to give you advice.
Completing the last mile with enthusiasm and knowing you did it right will bring you great pride and great success in your business.
You can do it!