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The Last Yard

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Karl W. Palachuk
September 25, 2007

Here’s a reflection about the last 1%.

I’ve been working on several projects that culminate in the next few weeks.

I’ve written a new book and released it for purchase yesterday. I have a webinar today and another in two days. I have a seminar for it in three days. I have sales goals for the next quarter. And a business plan, and a marketing plan.

Luckily for me, I have a set of deadlines and events scheduled so that all of this will simply take place.

So much planning has gone into all this that it seems like all I have do is show up.

And some days just showing up is what you need to do. As the old one-liner goes: “Our success depends on your execution.”

I’ve written about the three focal points of success (see https://relaxfocussucceed.com/Articles/2004120001.htm). These are the ultimate goals, the short-term goals, and the present moment.

When you’ve battled 99 yards and you’re finally at the one yard line, it’s all about the present moment. It’s about doing this one thing in front of you as well as you can. And I don’t mean that you should just be there and go through the motions. Be there and do the best that you can!

The great danger is not that you’ll trip and fall and stumble, although that’s possible. The real danger is the next project. The real danger is that you’ll take your eyes off the ball and start playing the next game before this one’s over.

For example, I’m launching a new adventure in a month. We’ve hired our first employee, started building the web site, set up the credit card processing, and it’s becoming real. It also has a business plan and a marketing plan.

There’s a ton of work to be done on that front and it’s very easy to spend my time working on the “new” projects. But that means taking my focus off the current project. And if I do that, then I won’t do my best at the job in front of me at the moment.

Balance is critical in everything.

And sometimes the right balance is to put all of your energy on one thing for a period of time!

So I’m going to work hard to finish this last 1% before I throw my energy into new adventures.

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