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Stop yourself from F_a_l_l_ …. Failing!

I had promised myself that the website promoting my consulting practice would be up and running in a month – and that promise was made in the last week of December. It’s March now and the website is nowhere near ready.

I am searching for reasons to cover up the lapse – had to conduct training programs, was busy coordinating the training events, the computer had gone for repairs, there were other urgent issues to be resolved and the list went on.

Now the truth – I had put the job on the backburner.  The Project – “Creating the website” was not given the seriousness it required – no deadline had been set for its completion. I was not feeling the pinch yet; to put it in more serious terms – I had not realised the impact of its non-availability.

As we speak there are customers out there who are searching the Internet for new solution–providers and I am not on their radar. I may have missed over a 100 enquiries in the last 3 months. If we can allocate a value to each missed opportunity the size of the loss can be estimated and then its impact will hit home like a sledgehammer.

Evil has different names – Indolence, lethargy, procrastination, distraction, escapism, negligence and so on – one or more of the above may be ruling our lives and blocking the execution of our plans. And we fail!

Then we look for excuses or reasons – it’s easy to externalise the blame:

–          A team- member did not provide inputs on time

–          The customer postponed his purchase decisions

–          The business environment is not conducive

–          Government policies are regressive

We postpone meetings with clients till the last moment and then expect them to dance to our tunes. Projects are put in cold storage and we expect them to get run on their own. It won’t happen.

I could have set aside time everyday to work on the requirements for my website. A lot of material is already present in my computer – they just need to collated and formatted for onward despatch to the web designer. Photos had to be culled out from the collection and sent over along with relevant captions.

If a list of requirements is made, time allocated for each activity and work done according to plan the project would move ahead – the resources needed (human and material) and the risk factors should be taken in account to avoid surprises.

I have finally started working on my project and soon the product will be ready for all of you to see. The example was only used to deliver a message.

I have untangled myself from the web of self-deception; work is progressing as per design and the destination is in “site”!

  1. March 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Hope you will work out soon 🙂

    • JayadevM
      March 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Jithin, you are not supposed to say that here. 🙂

      But I am glad that you are reading my articles. Thank you!

  2. March 14, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Hey Jay.. Are you in Kerala(India) anytime soon? Would like to meet up.

    • JayadevM
      March 14, 2012 at 3:21 am

      Hi Sunil

      Am based at Cochin. We can meet. Regards!

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