Start up on Empty

Startups are not always easy. Most of the times bring a lot of problems and frustration. And questions. A lot and lot of questions. With doubts and sometimes guilds of what would have happened. This is the normal process. A circle of excitement, at first, before the kick in the rational side of yourself, of what is best (for you, your family, your life, etc).


But this is normal. The most of the times, during a new beginning, you find yourself in a roller coaster moving circularly between excitement, depress, despair, energy, enthusiasm. And then, again, the circle begins all over again.

Why we have to make new startups. Is it our choice or something imposed by outside conditions? The answer is different for every person, but, at the bottom line, it can be summed up in only one, little statement. “Because you have to“. Either we realize it or not, we made new startups all the time.

  • The moment we pick up a new idea, product, service, book, paper for “broadening our horizon
  • The moment we commit time and effort to a friend, a marriage, a relationship
  • The moment we keep our word towards a friend, a colleague, a partner
  • The moment we start a new hobby, learning a new skill, leave an old habit, adopt a new attitude
  • The moment we wish to change career, work, life, house, car
  • The moment we dream for our self, our family, and our society
  • The moment we criticize something against another thing
  • The moment we put up new life, business, personal, health, financial, social goals in front of our horizon
  • The moment we uphold our value, self-respect, personality, character and not drifting aside
  • The moment we avoid exploiting someone weaker from us
  • The moment we select new partnerships, associates, collaborators, groups, and teams
  • The moment we form new win-win strategies for our self and our clients
  • The moment we start consider our clients as colleagues and collaborators rather than income resources
  • The moment we commit to the creation of a new business, a quality service or product, a value-added network, a value enhanced community

All the time and everywhere we do new startups. Whether we realize it or not, all that “moments” direct our attention to new fields and prepare a new behavior that change old habits (in our behavior, thoughts, ideas, approaches). Sometimes these startups are intentional. Other times are not and are enforced to us by external conditions (a job loss, the death of a loved person, a sickness, a life or death problem, etc).

But the point here is that each startup brings a new set of rules and conditions, for which, the most of the times, we have not prepared for.

Since, the change became more of a constant to our personal and business life, rather than an exception, it is imperative:

  1. To acknowledge its existence in everyday life
  2. To embrace it, and
  3. To channel it in more desirable conditions

It is not easy of course! It needs a lot of a preparation, commitment, creativity, out-of-the-box thinking and a proactive state of mind. And there are not quick fixes or patches, there are not magic solutions. There are different approaches for different people.

A Startup Machine

[A Startup Machine]

My, temporary (until to be reviewed!!!) approach, says:

  • Observe, monitoring and watch the trends as they formed, think about where the output may result to, and design your appropriate responses, by adopting new habits within your thought framework, values, and long-term goals, employing baby steps towards short-range mini-goals and review the process in order, if have to, to change it
  • Educate yourself in the new ideas, business, lifestyles, social trends, tools, select the most appropriate and implement them in your everyday life
  • Cultivate a proactive state of mine and life rather than a reactive one, in order to be ready to cope effectively with the changes, may arise
  • Startup on empty every time you monitoring a change in patterns that may affect you. i.e:
    • Vision your objectives, leads, prospects and perspectives within the new conditions, how these might match your long-term goals and how the new conditions might be exploited in favor of your desired or intended future outcomes.
    • Align the new desired behaviors against your long-term life goals, and make appropriate adjustments
    • Evaluate your strengths and weakness, their effect in the new conditions, enhance the most suitable traits that would help you in the new conditions and either try to remedy your weaknesses by eliminate them (if you can) or use them as base of reference for the things you have to work with yourself
    • Plan from the start and create a pro-active and flexible course of action and a strategy towards the new objectives, creating accordingly S.M.A.R.T. goals, “life tasks” and timetables.
    • Abandon old ideas, beliefs, attitudes, that may become a problem
    • Declutter” your mind, ideas, attitudes, tools, office and home environment, habits and beliefs are not longer of serve and organize what worth keeping in a new context and content, appropriate for your “new model of living and doing business
    • Set short terms landmarks against which you could check your progress and timetables for their accomplishment
    • Check always their validity against your goals and vision
  • Review the results, monitor your reaction towards these results and amend accordingly if needed

Just an approach, off course!

Do startups concern you? Do you believe that you can employ successful startups in your life and business? Do you think that you have what it takes, to start up on empty? Please comment.

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    Takis Athanassiou is an IT Consultant, Blogger, Trainer & Writer, active in the areas of leadership, business consulting, e-Learning and social media. He aims at the development of people, business and assets! You can check out his blog, add him in Google+ and follow him on Twitter.

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