Fully informed consent is rare, in my experience. There are many examples in my life of times when I thought I was well-informed when I made an important decision, but I was not. Take for examples, the decision to get married, to have children, and to get a Dorothy Hamill haircut. Not in that order.
For a more recent example, take our family’s decision to launch Arizona Performance Psychology. Fortunately, Dave has extensive experience and expertise that makes for a strong foundation.
The challenge is that we want to move beyond a standard private practice to something more. More. More responsive. More approachable. More efficient. More effective. This “more” includes tapping into our community in creative ways. We need a constantly current social media plan, when social media changes faster than you can say MySpace. We also want to provide our clients with service that wows.
Lesson 1: Do your homework.
Become as informed as you possibly can. If you’re looking to get married, meet with long-married friends. Having children? Meet up with others a few steps ahead of you. Starting a business? Learn from those who are doing business well. In general, read, read, read, meet, meet, meet, write, write, write, plan, plan, plan.
Lesson 2: There is no perfect time to launch.
Whether it’s pondering when to get married or have children or launch a business, there is no perfect time. Many great opportunities are lost from dragging feet. Many great things start with a leap of faith.
Lesson 3: Anticipate and reframe failure.
Your perfect plans will provide substance, and boundaries to your work although they will not provide perfection. Transforming plans into reality is messy. When you hit a mess, a dead-end, or a closed-door, this isn’t failure as much as an opportunity to try again. To get creative. To develop strength of character.
Lesson 4: Success happens.
Success must be measured in little and big ways, each being uniquely valuable. Getting up at 4:00 am to make breakfast for your new spouse, or feed a new baby, or get started learning a new business software program is a success. Cobble enough little successes together leads to a successful life, the ultimate big success.
My hair was down to my waist when I decided to chop it all off in order to get a Dorothy Hamill haircut. It was the coolest haircut I had ever seen. One Saturday morning, after considering the pros and cons for weeks, I forced myself to take the plunge, quickly. I had no idea that my hair was nothing like Dorothy’s. Hers was fine, mine was thick. Hers was straight, mine was wavy. And I had a huge colic on my forward, making it impossible to part it down the middle and have the hair hang in perfect symmetry. Heartbroken and embarrassed, I felt the sting of failure.
Success found me when I parted my Dorothy Hamill hair on the side. And when I married a good young man who would turn into a great life partner. And when I had a bunch of kids who are now adding more to the bunch. And, with a lot of hard work and love, success will find our business too.
What are you launching? What’s new?
Best ~ Angie
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