Monday, October 14, 2013
When Progress Is Slow
Many of us have experienced times in our careers and businesses when there is so much momentum that we fool ourselves into thinking we will never slow down. These times are fun, a little chaotic, and gasoline to the human ego. But, like all things, change happens and we find ourselves moving at a snails pace (or so it seems). These are the boring times in our careers and companies. Things just don't seem to be going anywhere and it feels like it takes twice the effort for half of the result. How do we survive these times? For one, we need to whip out our old vision and mission statements (if you don't have one, this would be a great time to make one). We have to use these statements to remind us why we do what we do and why our companies exist. Second, we have to understand that these times too shall pass and we will be in the fast lane or at least the swiftly moving middle lanes if we stay the course. Thirdly, remember what you have accomplished thus far and tell yourself and those you work with that it is possible to do even greater things in the future. Now is not the time to jump ship. Lastly, keep moving! Continue to work, deliver excellence, and complete projects. You only fail when you quit.