The whole time I’m seating in this team meeting thinking, “but we haven’t moved an inch, what are they talking about?”
One by one, they were sharing how far we’ve come and how much we’ve achieved in so little time, etc.
And in the meantime, I’m in my mind going through looking at my business vision and all the things that need to get started and finished to get there.
So when my turn comes, I share with the team how I actually think we haven’t done any progress.
I’m so glad I shared…
Their response made me aware of 2 things.
- Compare where you are today to where you’ve been.
- Stop changing your business vision after you started to execute the strategy.
Compare To Where You’ve Been, Check For Alignment.
What the guys made me realize in our meeting was that I was comparing where we are today to where I want to go, rather than to where we started.
This made it impossible for me to see what we had achieved.
Because I’m the one with the vision, I know where we are going, so it’s easy to compare today with the final goal rather than think of the starting point.
While for the team, they compare today to where they started and see everything that has been built.
It makes sense.
So at first, I was frustrated.
Maybe they are not motivated enough to see what’s ahead.
Maybe the vision is not clear to them.
Maybe I failed at communicating the vision.
But once they made me see how I was comparing today with the destination, another thing became clear.
They actually have a clearer vision of where we are going than I as the leader.
Stop Changing The Vision
As you apply the plan, you’ll grow, learn, uncover new opportunities, etc.
And this helps you see things in a different way.
This leads to constant changes in your emotional state.
One morning you wake up and feel one way about the plan, the next day a completely different way.
Constantly questioning everything.
And soon enough it happens.
You move the target a little bit further or a little bit to the right or even, in a completely different direction.
But, guess what?
That’s not the case for your team.
Their vision didn’t change.
The destination you shared with them at the start, is the same one guiding the work they do.
So now you have a problem.
This is the same as having a plane change destinations mid-air without telling anybody.
Stop changing the vision mid-air. Be aware that your emotional state will change as you apply the plan.
Trust the process. Trust yourself.
You decided on going after your vision for a reason.
So unless there is a life or death situation, stick to the route you’ve planned.
I often hear entrepreneurs ahead of me that the reason why new entrepreneurs struggle is that they don’t stick to a plan long enough to see it succeed.
Now I get it.
Learn not to cave to the swinging emotional states and keep the vision and the plan fixed.
Chances are that you just need to add more time and add on the work, not change the whole strategy.
What Happens When You Stop Changing The Business Vision
Once you stop changing the vision, you’ll be able to compare where you are today with where you started.
And then based on that, do the necessary alignments to hit your goal.
Your team will feel more appreciated because now you can recognize their achievements. It’s also easier for them to see their contribution to the business.
And, because the strategy didn’t change, they don’t feel that the work done was a waste of time and effort.
Making them feel connected and motivated.
At the same time, changing directions hurts revenue, putting the business at risk as expenses catch up with it.
And lastly, by not changing strategies, you’ll be able to enjoy the little drops of success that make the entrepreneurial journey so rewarding.
You will ALWAYS find convincing arguments to change every single strategy. The reason why it may not be working is that you don’t have the experience or expertise to execute it.
But the only way to develop it is by running it from beginning to end, over and over and over…
If you are constantly stopping a strategy halfway to jump on a new one, you’ll always be “learning,” wasting resources, demotivating the team, and above all, never improving.