Closing the Deal
Well, it's almost here. JIm and I sign the papers, closing on our new house tomorrow.
(It has been 2 1/2 months since we moved into the hotel...a very nice hotel but a hotel nonetheless. I did this once before when I worked for the Department of Homeland Security, spending a whopping 6 months in an Embassy Suites. I was there so long that the staff knew me well and new guests assumed I worked there!)
Yesterday, I was in a panic. Have we contacted all parties involved? Is every piece in place? Will my desk fit into my new office?!? From a leadership perspective, there is a lesson to be learned in all of this.
While it is good to have your eye on the prize and move towards closing a deal, to truly lead your business or your life, you need to have a plan that is part of your BIG vision. This plan should include today as well as reach 50 years into the future....yes, 50 years! As Donald Trump said, " If you're going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big."
I'm not talking about scheduling every moment and squeezing the joy and spontaneity out of life. But, realizing your BIG vision means thinking about more than the BIG moments. It means having little goals that are as important to the big plan as knowing where you're going.
Goals should be specific, written, and tended to often with an understanding that sometimes they may need to change or be adjusted. And, those goals need to be focused on more than just closing deals. After all, when you get close to reaching your goal, you want to feel excited about what is because you know it is all part of your bigger plan and you are one step closer to the next step on your journey.