Have you ever started something that you weren’t able to finish? There are always great reasons for not finishing something: you lost interest, you run out of money and resources, you don’t have the time to complete the task, you didn’t think it through.
Have you ever seen a house with rebar (metal bars) sticking out of the roof? Have you wondered why the rebar is sticking out of the roof? It’s because the builder is thinking of the possibility of building another floor onto the building, but doesn’t have the money to complete it at the time.
I think that many of us in leadership get stuck in these situations. We don’t think through the process, and we don’t estimate the time, resources, financials and the practical side of completing a project, so we adjust it, we quit, or it fails.
In the book of Luke, chapter 14, Jesus talks about planning and setting goals when he says, (vs 28,29,30) “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.'”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be “mocked” for not finishing well. I want to do a good job of planning, of setting realistic goals, and in finishing what I start.
Here are some ideas to help you accomplish this:
1) Before you start, get a picture of what you’re trying to accomplish
Take some time to “think” through the process and get a clear idea of where you’re going.
2) Evaluate the resources needed
A builder would write down a list of materials needed to build something. You need to do the same thing: what people do you need? What resources do you need? What resources and people do you have available?
3) Make a plan.
Bring some people together (yes, get some help!) and come up a a workable plan. Having others as a part of this process brings other ideas, perspectives and experience.
4) Create some objectives and goals for the project.
Out of your planning time, begin to create a timeline, some SMART Goals, and objectives for the task.
5) Do the work.
If it’s important, do the work! Make time, give people space, prioritize energy. Go!
6) Evaluate along the way
Realized that with every project there are adjustments along the way. Be willing to evaluate, ask hard questions, and adjust your plan when needed.
7) Celebrate the completion of the task
Take some time to thank people, to celebrate together, and to rest before diving into another time and energy consuming task or project. You deserve it!
When you start something, finish it. Plan well. Set clear goals. Don’t be mocked!
More on Goals HERE