Starter, Finishers and Freaks… Oh, My!
Last week I decided to let the cat out of the bag1 and revealed to you how you can easily take the stress out of running your business.
I was happy to see so many of you sold on the idea of creating systems for your business so its runs like the proverbial clock. You get that doing so is the only way to create a more profitable business without running around like chickens with your wee little heads cut off.
However, some of you brought up a very good point. Actually, the challenge that you described is one of the greatest weaknesses in most businesses and the main reason why so many amazing ideas never see the light of day.
Creative entrepreneurs have no shortage of ideas, right? You are cranking those babies out All Day Long. That’s the easy part. The really hard part is sticking with the plan, implementing it and seeing those ideas through to completion. And by completion I mean, seeing the project all the way through to profitability not being killed off out of boredom and frustration.
See, we get a good idea, get really excited about it and swear up and down that we will commit to doing whatever it takes to get the project done.
Then something happens along the way, we start losing steam. We get bogged down with the details, other projects and those damn ever-present shiny objects. Why are there so many awesome shiny objects in the world? Anyhoo, we start procrastinating and missing deadlines. Next thing we know the project takes forever to finish, if it ever gets finished at all.
Sound painfully familiar?
Have you tried to put more structure into your empire but somehow never get around to doing it?
If you are guilty of starting things, but not finishing them in your business or personal life don’t fret, stop being so hard on yourself you are perfectly normal. Actually, most uber-successful business babes are the same way.
See, we are all wired differently, some of us are awesome at starting things and some of us are great at finishing things. The trick is to figure out how you are wired and then take steps to balance things out so your brilliant ideas get a shot at seeing the light of day.
Ok, so lemme get a bit more of my technical mojo on:
You are a true Starter if…
• You are brilliant, very creative, love to invent, innovate coming up with new ways for things, but you tend to also be a bit impatient
• You can definitely see the bigger picture and even come up with a plan (but get overwhelmed and stuck spinning your wheels figuring out the steps of what needs to be done to achieve that vision)
• You get so bored with the details and routine tasks, you’d rather have a root canal
• You get going really fast, and lots of things happen, but you very often over-stretch how much of you can go around by setting unrealistic expectations
• You start on one idea today, and before the day ends you are already thinking about the next project that can grow your business (c’mon how many projects have you got on your to-do list?)
You are a Finisher if…
• You love to line up your projects like duckies in neat little rows and work on them until they are beautiful swans
• You get a high (like a kid in a candy store) crossing items off your to-do list
• You have a crystal clear idea of what you want to do and know how to set priorities and boundaries
• You get that it’s not about managing time, its all about managing yourself better
• You can easily rattle off the steps needed to complete your next project
So, how are you wired? Are you a Starter, a Finisher or both?
If after reading this you determined you are both a starter and finisher congratulations – you’re a freak, umm, I mean you are a rare and wonderful bird my dear! Wallow in all your glory. Maniacal laughter is optional.
If however, you are a great starter then here are a few things you can do to help you balance the scale a bit ::
• Surround yourself with people who are ninja finishers. Even if you hire that person for a couple of hours a week you NEED someone to finish what you started.
• Create systems and automate as much as possible so you can become stronger at finishing your projects. Otherwise you will lose confidence and your half-baked ideas will never make you money
• Put things on your calendar, if it’s not scheduled its not real. Nuff said.
• Join a mastermind group, hire a high level mentor (hint hint), find one person who can give you a gentle kick in the pants to help you finish what you start. Especially for tasks that only you can do.
• Figure out ways to stay motivated throughout the life of the project.
If you are a finisher then you are doing pretty good, just make sure you celebrate your achievements and connect with someone who can help you flush out your ideas. We all need to bounce off ideas on other people to get a better perspective on things.
Every business no matter what size needs starters – people with big ideas, visions and plans. Just as importantly, every business needs finishers – people who execute on the plan to get the work done. Without both you won’t get projects to start nor anyone to finish them and that would totally suck.
I’m one of the frea…um, I mean rare birds in that I can be both a starter and finisher. I must admit though, that there have been times where I have slacked off just like everyone else. But, even if you are like me, you still need a team of people who can help you implement since you cannot accomplish Big Things™ all by your lonesome.
Remember, you will only see the results of your efforts (make more money) when you surround yourself with the right environment, people, resources and you implement. That’s when your business will hum along, grow by leaps and bounds while fewer things fall through the cracks.
1. Who the heck started this saying? I mean seriously, who was putting cats in bags in the first place? Who was around witnessing the catastrophe (pun intended) that it caught on as a phrase? How long was appropriate before you let the cat out? Are there some international standards for cat-bagging? Why can’t I turn these thoughts off?