Are you ready for the trajectory of a typical project?! Okay, here goes:
- Enthusiasm – yeah, let’s do it!
- Disillusionment – naw.
- Panic – oh dear, we said we would!
- Search for the guilty – well, if he woulda then I coulda.
- Punishment of the innocent – who was a part of this project?
- And, praise for the non-participant – okay, you there, you’re in charge of the next project.
Market Force believes this typical failed project life cycle is so common that most people literally grow up and learn to avoid getting involved in new projects – the risk is too great to our identities.
- “I think I will just stand over here and wait for this baby to fail.”
We call the persistence of the failed project life cycle, “the drift.”
The drift is inevitable unless people with courage decide to impact the drift, and the only way to do that is to have more conviction than vanity as it relates to your future. More conviction than vanity means overcoming the fear of potential humiliation for being a part of a failed project.
It means declaring an intention, and then having your actions speak louder than your words, especially when you encounter resistance.
And, it means intervening in the standard shame, blame, guilt game by taking ownership of the project to the end.
Successful, prosperous people don’t just drift along and get lucky folks – they impact the drift on a daily basis.
Time to make sure you are doing the same.