Author Barry Thompson
While walking in my neighborhood I noticed some rose bushes that were beautiful and full of color. Then I get home and looked at my yard. My rose bushes were small, a little brown, and with no blossoms. I immediately went to, “This is not fair. Why does my neighbor have better and more beautiful roses than I do? Why? Why?”
Why am I whining over roses!? Then it hit me. I did the same thing when at a conference this last week.
It is called the Launch Conference. Its purpose is to help you develop a system or process to share a message/product. On the first day we were there Ken Davis, one of the speakers at the Launch Conference, described the experience of a rocket being launched into space. The idea was simple, there must be constant correction to keep the rocket on course. This is done with a system.
For me it seemed everyone around me was well on their way and making money or launching a very active rocket. Jealous, I wanted to be like my neighbor. Launching and showing noticeable success, comparing myself to others and wishing I had what they had. This thought or idea can be very dangerous and will cause you to fail every time.
But with coaching from Brian, one of the speakers and consultants, he showed me the importance of preparing for the “launch” and what I should do.
First, be honest with yourself. I did not start when they did. Like the rose bush, they had been planted and growing long before I planted my initiatives. Trying to place yourself in someone else’s timeline will cause you to lose perspective and get discouraged and quit. Being honest where you are now and able to see what successes you can accomplish now will help you prepare yourself for an explosive launch.
Second, understand that not all growth comes in the form of money. Learn to take other forms of payment. Money may not be the best payment for me now. We see money as tangible, you can hold it and use it now. But consider another form. One form could be practice. Practice speaking, coaching or writing can win big when you have prepared your product to be great. Being paid to speak and not have done a good job can be a rocket killer. Prepare, practice and show them something great. Then when you do get paid, you will get repeated payments.
Third, set your own pace. Only do what you can handle today. From Brian’s coaching it reminded me of the importance of the Crawler Transporter for the Space Shuttle. The Crawler Transport is the vehicle that is used to move the shuttle from the bay to the launch pad. It weighs 6 million pounds by itself and with the shuttle about 18 million pounds fully loaded. The distance from the bay to the pad is about 3.5 miles and takes the Crawler six hours to get there. Too often we try to race and catch up to what others are doing. The Crawler goes slow to adjust to the terrain changes to keep the shuttle level and protected. Protect who you are and go at your own pace. It may not be at the pace you want but you will get there.
From learning and listening to others it was clear that a good system helps with the ease of the launch. But the biggest danger is to not do anything. It is ok to stop and smell the roses, but enjoy and be inspired to go home and plant your own.
Barry is a team building facilitator out of Dallas who specializes in puzzles, activities and initiatives as a structure of play to transform minds for increased personal and business success. What does it mean to grow leadership and teams through Play? Many of us are not yet recognizing how we are wired for communication and how to embrace it. Team behaviors are brought to the surface with fun game play and interactive puzzles. The activities show team functionality within the group and then facilitate to sculpt their collective goals. This is all done in practical ways and for the group to enjoy their time together and achieve success. Learn more about Barry at http://www.barrywthompson.com/