Don’t Be Afraid Of Going Slowly
Don't be afraid of going slowly, be afraid of standing still
There are a lot of conflicting sayings and quotes out there. Most have good intentions, however they have a way of contradicting each other and sometimes even themselves.
Many problems are caused by using them for permission to do what you want.
As coach and mentor I see this often. A client wants my blessing or permission for something they really want to do that I know is counter productive.
I don't tell them "no", just "you're on your own on this one" and that I'll be here if they want to get back on track.
The same holds true for quotes and sayings.
Two of the more famous quotes and anecdotes are.
"Massive effort gets massive results." Literally it's true, however if you don't know what you're doing or have an unrealistic time frame, you can get massive bad results. I have found this to be the predominant result.
Another is about the general who when badly outnumbered has his men burn their boats on the beach so they have to win or die. Of course in the analogy they win. I've seen some tragic results from this one.
This is a poor example of the proper way to commit to your endeavor.
For example, I've been contacted by several people who've quit their jobs with no savings and need to make money in 30 days.
They've burned their boat and are ready to make a massive effort.
I'm not faulting these people, nor do I think they're idiots. One was an attorney making 6 figures.
She quit her job without even next month's rent in the bank and needed to replace her salary in 30 days.
What these types of quotes and stories do accomplish is they sell a lot of get rich quick stuff. I know it's not sold as get rich quick, after all they claim it will take 12 weeks to build a $1,000,000 business with passive income.
Not going to happen in 12 weeks often enough to significantly beat the odds for winning the lottery.
I don't know of anyone who quit their job and planned on buying a lottery ticket a week for twelve weeks as a business plan.
Whether you're banking on an online business or the lottery, keep your job or current source of income until your business makes enough money or you hit the lottery.
I know the Internet marketing world is supposedly full of millionaires who went from their (parent's/ girlfriend's/boyfriend's) (basement/bedroom) on a borrowed laptop with no money and no help to 6 or 7 figures in "X" usually, 6 to 12 weeks, or so they say.
If they can do it so can you, only you have a big advantage. You have several thousand dollars you can use to buy their course/program/silver bullet/ magic method etc. The one they wish they had when starting out and they've made it just for you.
How lucky can you be? Just burn your boat on the beach, make a massive effort and give them a few thousand bucks.
Piece of cake.
Now for a dose of reality. Back to the original saying at the top of this post.
"Don't be afraid of going slowly, be afraid of standing still"
I know, no one wants to go slowly to their millions and success.
Let's re-frame that saying.
"Don't be unwilling to move deliberately, be aware of when you're not progressing." ~ Pete
Sometimes standing still is the best thing to do in the interest of progress.
It can keep you from being demotivated and burning out.
Sometimes you need to let things just soak in for awhile. Have a little fun and relax.
This can be hard to do if you've burned your boat on the beach and need to take massive action.
Don't paint yourself into a corner like that.
Success doesn't adhere to a predetermined time frame, no matter what the marketing hype tries to make you believe.
Be concerned with succeeding in the best time frame for your abilities and actions.
Make sure to be aware of your progress and not just your challenges.
I'm all for committing to your business and being serious about working on it. However it should be done in harmony with your life and not in a life or death manner.
"Even miracles take a little time." ~ The Fairy Godmother