For the past six months to a year, you have been spent long hours through the week and many weekends planning and working on a personal project like a move, renovation, wedding, party, race, vacation or weight loss program or a work project like landing your biggest customer or developing, implementing and launching a new product or service. You have devoted all of your time and energy to this project and it has become the most important thing in your life. Then the day arrives, your new place is simply amazing, your renovation is finally completed, your wedding is truly memorable, your party is a huge success, you finish the race with your best time, your vacation is the best ever or you reach your weight loss goal. You land your biggest customer and you launch your product or service to rave reviews and record sales.
In the days following, doubt, dismay and discomfort start to seep into your life in small yet significant ways. These signal the inevitable letdown following the joy and euphoria that accompany a great achievement and its resulting success. Your first reaction is to ignore these feelings by keeping yourself busy so you can delay dealing with the letdown. If you delay dealing with the letdown, it can often drag, drain and deplete you and hold you back from recognizing, receiving and reaching the next opportunity. A much better response is to stop and deal with the letdown.
When you deal with the letdown, you have the time and energy to pause and reflect on all of your hard work, commitment and determination that made the project such a success. What worked well and what would you improve? What would you do the same and what would you do differently? What are the lessons learned that you can take with you to the next project?Take some time to rest, relax and recharge and to ponder, plan and prepare your next personal or professional project.
Now you are ready to get up and go again.