Early Morning Thoughts: How to Start the Right Projects...

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I love to start new things.

It's a strength and a curse.

I'm actually really good at starting new things, like I do it well.

BUT...finishing things. Not so much...but I'm getting better and I think there is hope for people like us.

I think there might be some wisdom that could help people like us to only start the right things.

Here it is: every new thing has it's own desert.

Every time you decide to chart completely new territory you will hit the initial desert.

That's because you're in a new land, and you don't have the skills to navigate it or succeed in it yet.

Here's why the desert sucks:

1. There are almost no rewards in the desert.

2. It's long.

3. Deserts can be super time and energy draining.

It's important to chart new territory but here are three things to keep in mind to help minimize the amount of deserts we willingly walk into:

1. Am I already in a desert (or a few deserts)?

2. Is there a way I can pair this new 'something' with something I'm already good at or have experience in so that it's a short desert, or not really a desert at all?

3. Have I really evaluated and decided this is the right desert to enter?

There is such a thing as overanalyzing and sometimes you need to just jump in, but I think if you're like me, you could use to take that jump less often...and when you do take the jump, make sure you've done the proper calculations.

Final note: deserts are important. They keep pursuits from being overpopulated, and when you get through one, the rewards are fantastic.

You need to chart new territory, just don't always be charting only new territories or eventually you're going to dry up and die!!

Seth Godin calls these deserts 'the dip'.

Bruce Wilkinson uses the story of the Jewish people in the Old Testament as a template of this process in his book The Dream Giver.