[FUEL] Ready, Fire, Aim

By Dawn Shuler I’ve had several coaching calls lately where my sweet little clients want everything to be perfect before they hit the “Go” button. They want “it” to be perfect. They want everything figured out. They want assurance that it’s all going to go to plan. Yeah….. that whole planning thing…. see, planning is great. You need plans. As Eisenhower said, “I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” At some point, you have to actually DO something. At that point, the plan is a useful guide, but the eventual outcome will always look different from the original plan. Here are some things I hear which tells me that people are spending too much time with the aiming and planning part: My elevator pitch isn’t perfect so I can’t go to any networking events. I have to wait until after Mercury in Retrograde is over
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[FUEL] One Idea – Multiple Steps – A Finished Project

By Dawn Shuler A couple of Decembers ago, we completely remodeled our office, including custom-building a cabinet to take the place of an unwieldy, blocky, and inefficient computer armoire. We knew it was a big project, and we tried to take into account everything we could, especially the needed downtime to tear apart the office and put it back together (with so many pieces of computer equipment and peripherals, no small thing). There were times when I just wanted to give up. “It’s not so bad the way it is now… It will be easier to just leave it the way it is. Will this really help my business?” Deep down, I truly knew I would be happier, more productive, more energetic if our environment was more supportive, beautiful, and efficient. Here’s what I learned from this project, and what I have since applied to any big project I’ve decided
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