Below I’ll outline how this diagram works, and beneath that, you’ll see how I discovered it.
First you must complete something. Completion is first in the cycle. In order to complete something you must stick to it. Stop multi-tasking and for a moment, focus on the task at hand, keep focusing on it until it’s complete and then, and only then, move on.
Once you see completion, you’ll gain a sense of achievement. It’s very unlikely that sense of achievement will happen until you have experienced completion. Don’t confuse completion with success – success is a different thing altogether. Completion could be that you completed the task but it still doesn’t meet your expectations, you can still feel a sense of achievement with that, it could be a great learning experience.
Once you have completed and achieved, prosperity will follow. Prosperity comes in many formats. Prosperity could mean money, however it comes in many other formats as well, see the following examples:
- You complete a long overdue budget, track where your money is going, trim any unnecessary expenses and live within your means. You feel a sense of achievement, and bingo prosperity follows
- You complete your SMART goal sheet for weight loss, you gain a sense of achievement with the steps you take along the way, you gain a sense of prosperity having:
- more energy
- more sense of self esteem
- new clothes
- You complete your part in the project you’re involved in
- You gain a sense of great achievement for yourself and your team
- The project is a success and you receive a promotion (prosperity)
Now comes the clever part. The metaphor CAP. Here’s why I think CAP is a great little word to use:
- When a person graduates from university they go to a ‘capping’ ceremony (that’s what happens in this country anyway). We say ‘they’re getting capped’ – completion, achievement, prosperity (prosperity could be the prospect of a well paid job because they have the qualification to back that up)
- Businesses put a ‘cap’ on expenses in a project. That CAP is there because it stops the project going over budget. The CAP also sees that the project reaches completion which leads to a sense of achievement and of course prosperity.
- A cap is used on top of a bottle to stop the liquid from escaping. Imagine that the bottle contains a fizzy drink or soda, if you shook the bottle, pressure would build up and if you removed the cap you would be showered with drink. The cap prevents this from happening. The cap acts as a containment for the liquid, so it remains in the bottle until you’re ready to drink it, you drink it (achievement), then you feel better (prosperity)
- A cap is something we wear on top of our head. It lives ‘at the top’, and it also serves many functions:
- It keeps us warm
- It keeps the sun off our face
- It could contain unruly hair (like mine)
- It’s ‘cool’ – that probably only applies to someone half my age!
- It’s generally the last item of clothing you put on, it ‘completes’ the outfit
I am part of a group which I founded over a year ago, we’re called ‘Fortunes 4 Doing It’. Our purpose is to assist each other and ourselves to achieve prosperity. Prosperity comes in many forms, not just money.
Anyway, Peter, the sole male in the group said a very wise thing:
“Fiona, you need to think more like a man”, he said. “Women are always saying that men can’t multi-task – which is probably true. There’s a positive to that, it means we do one thing, and we do it until it’s completed and then we move on to the next”. I was listening and a smile was appearing on my face, I could see what he was getting at.
“So”, he said “we all know you’re a multi-tasking Queen” (or words to that effect), “but the trouble is, that doesn’t have you complete anything, so for the next week, you need to stay focused, think like a man and only focus on one thing at a time”.
I thought this was really good advice, because whilst I know that multi-tasking can be a really great asset, my tendency is to have so many things on the go at once that I don’t actually finish them.
So this week I’ve kept that mantra to mind ‘think like a man’. That’s probably what had me waking up in the middle of the night (thanks Peter), which is why this blog post is at 5am in the morning, because I suddenly had an idea of how I could use that thought and turn it into a metaphor for myself, and of course you, the reader.
I was reminded the other day when the group met that I use metaphors a lot in my work, but more than that I use them for myself. I love making the process of learning and discovery easy and by linking a word or a situation to something, I’m far more likely to remember it.
Enjoy, please post a comment about how you used this metaphor to help you.