Recently, I did a keyword search on some words that I thought had high traffic on the Internet and the word “transform” was one of these words. In fact when I typed it into the keyword search tool, the number was 5 million! What that says is that there are 5 million people out there looking for “transform” ing something. That is a whole lot of lookers.
What are you looking to transform? I also did that key work search also and you know what came up: life and business. That’s no big surprise. When you put this word “Transforming Business” or “Transforming Life” into a Google search bar you get millions of “solutions”. How in the world is a person suppose to wade through all of that. I know from my experience as a coach and consultant that we (mere humans) become transfixed and linked and distracted for long periods of time and become paralyzed and then something happens to slap us back into the here and now and suddenly we are late for something else and we leave the computer screen and abandon our quest for “Transformation”.
When you personally think; “….I need to change something (in other words “Transform”) in myself, my world, my career, my relationships (or whatever that is)…” What is it that pops into your mind first?
That is the thing that you should write down. When you write it down. Write the first word or phrase that pops up. Then think about it for a moment or two and then write it down underneath your first impression in sentence form. Next ask yourself: “Who”, “What”, “When”, “Where”, “Why do I want to transform”? These are pivotal to your ability to move forward from the initial thought that “…somethings got to change….something has to go through a transformation….”.
Do you understand this process?
Let’s write it down step by step and expand on what we are doing i this “Transformation”.
Step 1 Decision to think about: “I want to have a transformation in my business life”
Step 2 Think about the statement in step 1. Write down the first word or phrase that comes to mind when you say it.
Step 3 Look at the word or phrase you have written down, now close your eyes and let your mind dwell on the word or words. What comes up?
Step 4 Write down in a sentence what you just thought about. If it is lots of sentences, write them down cynically and legibly.
Step 5 Looking at the list what jumps out out you? Is it a pattern of ideas, actions, or is it a person’s name, or something else?
Step 6 Write down what jumps out at you.
Step 7 Which one of those has the most “energy” associated with it?
Step 8 Make that one the first one on your list of “Transformation”
Step 9 Look at the the others and prioritize them as to the “energy” associated with them. These will become 2 through 10 for example.
Step 10 Take a look at #1. Close your eyes and think about what needs transforming.
Step 11 Write that down.
Step 12 What are all the ways that that transformation can take place? Think about it. The easy things, the tough ways, the not in a million years will this or that happen.
Step 13 Write them all down, do not quantify them or leave them off because they are ridiculous or absurd. These are the ones that make it come true sometimes.
Step 14 Which ones on your list are within your grasp, power, or otherwise doable from your place right now in the organization?
Step 15 Take each on and write out a “plan” of how you will accomplish each one, who you need to interface with to make it happen, put a date of completion next to each item
Step 16 Put a start date on the page, then all your steps and the completion date for each.
Step 17 Begin
Step 18 When your completion date rolls around, evaluate how you did. Remember small victories are still victories!
Step 19 Celebrate! all the victories!
Step 20 Go back to that original list and choose number 2 and repeat the process until all the items on your list are exhausted and you will be transformed!
This is a great process because you can insert those other areas of your life other than “Business” and get the same results. We will talk about that next time.