“Started Good. Got Ugly. Ended Great”

2013-02-04-ChangeCurve“Started Good. Got Ugly. Ended Great”. That’s how one of the Raven’s players summed up their Super Bowl win last night. It’s perfect. Simple. Descriptive. To the point. Major life achievements and transitions typically follow this curve. It can also apply to organizational and societal change.

Understanding the change curve, can take away the sting and the power of a slump over whatever you’re trying to accomplish. Just hang tough. Keep working on strategies to move forward. The Ravens lost momentum after the power outage, but they didn’t give up.

Keep visualizing the end goal, the positive new future. Steven Covey promoted the “Begin with the End in Mind” habit in his “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. It’s a great reminder when the obstacles rise up in front of you, or the negative self-chatter gets loud, or you start negotiating with yourself to give up.

To quote Sonny Kapoor in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel “Everything will be all right in the end and if it’s not all right, then it’s not yet the end.”


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Writing about the small things that shape our lives
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One Response to “Started Good. Got Ugly. Ended Great”

  1. Rhonda says:

    Begin with the end in mind is how I run every volunteer project I’m involved with. So easy, yet so many do not know how to do this! Amazing, actually. If I could impart any wisdom to folks running special events, or any other large-scale task with many steps, it would be this. And yes, anticipate that there will be problems/glitches or other “get ugly” times, make allowances for schedule slippage, but always begin with the SUCCESSFUL end in mind. Pretty simple when you stop to think about it!

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