Friday, October 8, 2010
Four of Spades
T = Tempo
As you pursue your goals and dreams, it is important to pace yourself. During part of the journey, it may be necessary to go full speed ahead. Some things are time sensitive and you have to move fast in order not to get left behind. Other things require more finesse so it makes sense to proceed with caution. Monitor your tempo regularly and determine whether you need to speed up or slow down based on the approach that will yield the best results for you.
I = Involvement
Most people do not have the luxury of being able to dedicate all of their time to one endeavor. You have to decide how actively you will be involved in your multiple interests. Levels of participation will vary depending on several factors, including your schedule, support system, and benefits associated with the activities.
R = Risk
Don't always assume that risk is a bad thing. It is a necessary component of innovation and excellence. Determine how much you can tolerate for each phase, or step, of your plan. Consider the probability and consequences of the negative risk occurring and establish a strategy to address it. Likewise, be prepared for the positive risk and how it can present advantages and shortcuts for you.
E = Endurance
It is normal to become discouraged when you encounter multiple setbacks. You can acknowledge the disappointment and still keep going. Endurance is a confidence booster. The longer you hang in there, the more you believe that your desired outcome can be achieved. You build momentum by continuing to move.
If you balance and rotate your tempo, involvement, risk, and endurance, you will get the maximum value out of each one of them. Similar to the tires on your car, sometimes tempo and involvement will be in the front leading the way for you. Risk and endurance will be in the back because they are not primary factors at the moment. As things shift, tempo may move to the rear while endurance comes forward. Regardless of the position, they will all work together to provide a smooth ride for you.
Leave a comment and share your thoughts on how considering tempo, involvement, risk, and endurance can influence your current or future projects.