Ready – Fire – Aim

Motivational speaker and author, Jack Canfield recommends a strategy which would probably horrify a lot of perfectionists, but it’s one that I love.   It’s called ‘Ready, Fire, Aim.’ Jack says that too many people spend their whole life aiming and never firing. They are always getting ready, getting it perfect. The quickest way to hit a target is to fire, see where the bullet lands, then adjust your aim accordingly. If the hit was two inches above the target, lower your aim a little and fire again. Keep firing and keep readjusting. Soon you are will hit the bull’s-eye. The same is true for anything’[1].

I have used this strategy for all of my adult life and I don’t believe I would have the business I do today if I did not. The job that changed the direction of my life was as a financial planner and manager of a women’s advisory service called The Financial Woman.This role started in 1984 when it wasn’t easy for women to get home loans and business loans usually required a male guarantor. Many older women didn’t even know how to write a cheque and ATMs were relatively new and scared a lot of women.

The Financial Woman was launched in a blaze of publicity promoting me as the expert on women’s financial matters. At that stage, I hadn’t even seen a client. It’s not that I wasn’t qualified for the job I was, it was just a very new industry. I was one of the first women authorised to give financial advice. I had a background in working with investments. I had been in business for myself. I had an accounting background, although I didn’t have the official qualifications I had completed the Securities Industry course and specialised training.

Ready – Fire – Aim

I was ready for the opportunity when it came and to expand my knowledge I attended individual training sessions with my new employer while working out my notice period at my old job. Even though I attended trainings several nights a week, I still went to bed each night with investment prospectuses. It was a scary time as I was way outside my comfort zone, I made mistakes and I corrected them as I went along.

Life is a journey, if we wait to be perfect we never move forward and not much changes. ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’ it is a strategy that really works.

[1] Jack Canfield, The Success Principles, 2004.