Can you make what’s not working work?
The saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. But what if it is broke? How can you make work what’s not working?
It’s currently summer where I live. And I can totally appreciate when life gets in the way of your best-laid plans. You might have lost momentum. Or maybe you bit off more than you can handle (that’s usually me!) But loss of momentum, interruptions, or overwhelm doesn’t have to dictate the success or failure of your ventures. In fact, having the growth mindset to take what was working may not just impact the success of this project, goal, or system…it may have a lasting impact on the project, goals, and systems to come.
When you can find your way back on track, you can learn from your past effort. And reinvest in those beneficial projects, goals, and systems that weren’t working or stopped working. If you use the 4 steps we’ll talk about today to evaluate what you’ve done instead of throwing in the towel, you can figure out how to get back on track. I mean, you’ve already put some time, energy, and effort in…why not pick up where you left off rather than recreating the wheel.
Just because it didn’t work out the way you planned or you didn’t completely finish a project doesn’t mean you should stop. I know it can feel like it takes more effort to pick up and keep going but trust me…starting over is waaay more time and energy consuming.
Don’t Wait to Address What’s Not Working
And I know many of you moms out there may be experiencing a bit of a summer business slump when your kids are home. There’s more fun stuff to do. The world is starting to open up again. It may feel like working toward your goals, whether they are for yourself or for your business, can just wait. Or you might feel discouraged, like nothing is working, or you can’t change so why bother.
But the fact is…you aren’t broke. You can do this. It doesn’t have to wait until your kids go back to school. Or until you have more of this or less of that. You can restructure your project, goal, or system to work for you…And finally make that change or improvement to your life that you desire.
When you restructure your project, goal, or system, you can stay motivated because you’ve adapted to what is going to work for you. And you know that if things aren’t working quite right, you can always hit the reset button again. As an example, I start each quarter with a marketing plan. But I only print 2 weeks of checksheets at a time. This is so I can evaluate, restructure, and lean into what’s working. Rather than continuing to put effort into something that isn’t getting me results. On a daily basis, you can feel productive and fulfilled.
And when you feel more productive and fulfilled, it impacts those around you. The mom that finishes the class feels more confident and can serve her clients better. She feels better about how she looks actually gets in the pool with her kids. Or she commits to her daily plan gets work done. And her evenings, weekends, or days off are for self-care or family time. You can be this mom.
How to Make Work What’s Not Working
Let’s rev the engine back up on those projects, goals, or systems you’ve let stall on the side of the road. Here are 4 R’s you can use to make what’s not working finally work for you…
- Revisit… Try to look at your project, goal, or system with fresh eyes. Make a list of what did work, so you can keep those parts. And what didn’t work, so you can figure out a different way to make things work.
- Review…Really clarify the benefits of why you wanted to do this in the first place. Will it help you attract more clients? Can it prove to yourself you can make money while serving customers? Will it help you work more efficiently so you can complete your work and leave it at your desk? Dig deep into your why for your project, goal, or system. You can use that as motivation if you start to falter again.
- Rework… We are now clear on what did work and why we want to do this. It’s time to rework the parts that didn’t quite work for us previously. Were you trying to do too much in one day? Did you need to break the goal or project into smaller, more manageable parts? Is there a different route you can take if your current path isn’t working?
- Reinvest… You now have a fresh, new plan of action for your project, goal, or system. Let’s reinvest your time, energy, and effort. Make specific time to take action on a daily, weekly, or regular basis. Create checklists so you can see the progress you’re making. And, maybe most importantly, celebrate each milestone so you can recognize the progress you’re making and stay invested.
Your action step to help you make work what’s not working is to follow the 4 R’s…Revisit your project, goal, or system to make a list of what was working and what was not. Review your “why”. Clarify the benefits and rewards of this project, goal, or system to stay motivated when your energy is waning. Rework those parts or steps that tripped you up the last time. Brainstorm alternate routes for you to accomplish your goal or do what you need to do. And finally, reinvest. You now have a new strategy complete with aligned steps and clear motivation. It’s time to make time for the work on your project, goal, or system.
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