Since the first auto race in the United States took place in Evanston, Illinois in November of 1895, being the first to receive the checkered flag at the finish line signifying a win is the ultimate success. Finishing first causes heated competition in the racing world.
Do you want to distinguish yourself in your organization? Reach higher levels of success? Get promoted? Then finish first.
Your organizational success is built on your ability to produce and be a finisher. Finishing is a fine art made possible by the implementation of fundamental success principles. When your internal motivation runs out of gas or your mental energy gets a flat tire, use these principles to finish first:
Taking this passion to the task level, what feelings or activities motivate you to start a task? Is your motivation the excitement of learning, measuring up to a challenge, or showing competence on the job?
Not only can a clear picture of the finish line help you pace physical constraints, but you get a psychological edge when a lucid mental picture exists in your head. As humans are goal seeking individuals, the picture of the finished product in your brain moves you into action.
After setting the deadline date to permit you to finish first, then decide and set your midpoints. Know where you have to be at certain times in the race to enable you to finish first with ease. Keep track of your deadline and midpoint dates by putting them on your calendar and reap the benefit of letting time frames drive productivity.
Self-actualization or creating the euphoric feeling of achievement comes from developing innovative products and services by forcing new thought processes and associations. As you generate original ideas and bring thought-provoking proposals to your colleagues, you will breeze through routine work and find exhilaration in exceptional production.
Just running your ideas by a friend or verbalizing your thoughts is often the catalyst to discovery and leads to closure on nagging problems.
I recommend that you learn to pat yourself on the back. Dangle your own reward out in front of you. The compensation for completing a project could be as big as a trip to the beach or as small as a Ben & Jerry's ice cream cone.
If you learn to reward yourself, you won't waste time waiting for people to congratulate you on your hard work and rigorous attention to detail that permitted you to finish first!
Karla Brandau, CSP, is an expert in change, leadership and team building in the flat world. She offers keynotes and workshops to move your organization forward. Sign up for her monthly newsletter, From the Desk of Karla Brandau by going to Karla Brandau.com. Karla is available for consultation on how to reduce stress and increase efficiency in your workplace. Call 770-923-0883 to schedule some time with Karla today.