I am sure you have had a situation before where you wanted to hurry up and finish a project so you could either rest or get on to the next big idea. I know that I am usually this way and maybe you are, too.
Here is a recent story where I dealt with just that- weighing pressing timelines against ideas.
The eBook that I just released has been ready for awhile. Six months to be exact. It has just been sitting there. It stared me in the face everyday for the last 24 weeks.
I’m sure you are asking yourself, “Why did he do that???”
I just recently decided that it was ready to ship because I only had an action plan up to the release date. I didn’t have a plan in place for the weeks after the eBook came out. The idea, plan and execution of one project is just a small part of the plan. In the big picture view, it is just another piece of the puzzle. The even larger driver is the “after-the-project” momentum swing and execution of the big continuing plan. If you do something big and don’t continue executing bigger ideas, the momentum dies. You can apply that rule to whatever you do. With so many things out there wanting people’s attention, they will move on to the next big thing whether we like it or not.
I actually wanted the eBook in the public’s hands 3 months ago, but that didn’t happen either. The timing just was not right. Life was too hectic to take on a book release plus the normal projects I was already working on plus the extra media I was getting ready to add. Too much was happening at one time and I needed a break. I knew that I could not sustain it.
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Although completing a good product while honoring deadlines is better than never finishing, people will wait for greatness. Work through the temptation to give up and finish with a mediocre product due to time constraints. You may have to walk away from it for a little while, but that doesn’t mean your dream is over. Use the in-between time to prepare for starting up again. You and your dreams will be even better than without that extra preparation time.
So, what are some ideas are you working through right now? You can leave your comment below.