Earlier this week, I was scrolling through my Feedly account and came across an article titled “This 10- Minute Gratitude Routine Will Change Your Life”. I’ve attached the link at the bottom of the blog for those who want to read it.
The article explores how being grateful for the things you have can help you transform your mindset and therefore encourage success. It discusses “The Gap and the Gain” concept where you struggle to see what you’ve gained because the gap is too big.
It’s the reason people don’t like to set themselves goals. The act of sitting down, setting a goal and formulating a plan of action to reach that goal seems particularly daunting. Especially when you factor in the fear of failure and therefore some people just decide the goal is too big.
The brave ones take the leap, implement the plan and then what? If they’ve hit the goal, fantastic but they could have done it better, they didn’t allow enough time, they could have planned better or been more ambitious. If they didn’t hit the goal all they can see is the failure of what they have tried to achieve.
These people are only seeing the gap.
To see the gain is to acknowledge that maybe the outcome wasn’t what they wanted but that doesn’t mean they’ve failed. That progress has been an important part of their development because they have acknowledged that they didn’t achieve exactly what they wanted but are choosing to focus on where they are now, what they did achieved and what they’ve learned along the way.
These people are acknowledging the gap, but they are embracing the gain.
It’s an interesting concept and one that can easily be applied to business.
Most people begin their businesses to pursue their passion and make money doing something they love. They dreamed of putting in enough hard work to eventually be able to sit back and reap the rewards, preferably from their second home overlooking a sunny beach.
Unfortunately, the realities of running a business are very different and you are expected to handle things that are way out of your comfort zone. You’re the CEO, Finance Director, Social Media Manager, General Admin, Customer Services, Marketing Manager, Data Controller and that’s before you even get to the bit you love doing, the actual job. This isn’t what you imagined right?
That reality can be unsettling and it’s easy to lose sight of what you wanted to achieve when you first set out, it’s even easier to lose sight of the goals that will help you get there. You are living in the gap!
A gentle shift in your thought process will help you see the gains and an important part of that is setting the goals and taking the leap. I would suggest you start with a 90 day plan which gives you plenty of time to implement the process.
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I hear you, you’re snowed under but taking an hour out of your week to really think about how you want your business to progress and what you need to achieve to get there will help give you clarity and help you reflect on your current situation.
It will help you organise your time, access resources, direct your attention to what you want to achieve, align your focus and reignite your passion for your business.
And if you don’t achieve exactly what you wanted, look at how far you have come from the time you implemented the plan and build another that’s more appropriate to where you are now.
Leap the gap and see what you gain, I dare you!