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Fix Your Roof While the Sun is Shining

TIGNUM Thoughts

February 16th, 2019
By Brian Wade

The feeling you get after several successes in a row is unparalleled. The sense of accomplishment you and your team feel after completing a big project that you've worked on for weeks, months, or maybe even years is both relieving and exciting at the same time. As you celebrate your success and look back on obstacles you've overcome along the way, you feel like you are ready to take on whatever comes next. This is the perfect time to reflect on what you did well and dive deeper into the strategies you could use to multiply your impact for whatever is around the corner.

As John F. Kennedy once said, “The time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining.” Unfortunately, most people try to fix their roof when it's already 'raining'. Whether it's a drizzle or a monsoon, you might find your roof needs fixing after stumbling through a presentation, being rejected during a board meeting, losing a negotiation, missing out on a key opportunity, or maybe even losing someone close to you. But by this time, a quick fix or patch job simply won't cut it.

We often see that when people are doing well and feeling energized after a recent success (when the sun is shining), they adopt the mindset of “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it". This is an easy trap to fall into, but this thinking makes it hard to improve or worse, makes it easy for your roof to collapse when it starts pouring. When things are going well and less chaotic and you feel less stressed, it's the perfect time for you to experiment or add something new into your daily routine without it feeling like “extra work.” When you've had a great day, see if you can make the next day or week even better by implementing a new strategy you haven't used in the past. It can be anything from moving more throughout the day to practicing your work-to-home transition. If you’ve had a lot of success lately, reflect and identify the behaviors you used to help create the successes and focus on making them a habit.

The benefit to fixing your roof when the sun is shining is simple: it's a lot easier to use these Sustainable High Impact strategies under stress and fatigue when they’ve been practiced ahead of time. In the military, this is exactly the reason why they drill fundamentals so frequently. Because when (not if) times get tough, you’ve got your strategies in place to help you through. So, don’t wait for the rain to come; start making impactful changes today.

As always, I'd love to hear what you think.

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