Last week, I spoke to a group of churches about the 3 zones of a project:
The A-Zone The beginning zone, when everything sounds like an awesome opportunity. Before any task gets executed, we cross the starting line with high hopes and dreams of a bright future. Examples: Think of a wedding, the first day on a new job, being accepted into college, or the funding of a new business proposal.
The B-Zone The middle zone, when everything is an obstacle. As fast as any one task is completed, a dozen more are created as surprises. The budget is getting larger, the schedule is getting longer, and the risks are increasing. In every project or endeavor, we are all familiar with the loss of passion, purpose, and direction that distracts from the end goal.
The C-Zone The success zone, when everyone is celebrating the win. The pain of the middle is fading into the past. The risks that seemed so large are starting to look almost insignificant. The payoff becomes obvious and everyone wishes they had not wasted so much time doubting the outcome.
Unfortunately, we are all aware that there is actually a 4th zone. It’s the direction that most people go when they encounter the B-Zone. The Q-Zone is when we quit and give up, never experiencing the win and crossing the finish line.
If you are in a B-Zone, don’t give up. It’s the only path to get to the C-Zone!
Thanks for listening.