One of the keys to success in business is creating momentum. When your company “feels” like it’s moving quickly to your employees, your investors, your customers and most importantly to yourself, magic happens. Profits skyrocket, problems disappear and opportunities show up out of thin air.
How do you create momentum? Use the “Open, Close” technique. This technique can be used in both your personal life and in your professional life.
What is the “Open, Close” Technique?
Most people begin and end their day without much fanfare. They just sit at their desk at the beginning of the day and get to work. At the end of the day, they get up and go home.
Successful people on the other hand tend to pay a lot of attention to how their day starts and how their day ends. They open and close their days very deliberately. Why? The way you open your day sets the tone for your entire day. The way you close your day sets the tone for how you felt about your day.
The “Open, Close” technique simply means deliberately planning how you start and end your day. This alone can create a massive sense of momentum for yourself and your company.
A Strong Opening to the Day
A good way to do start your day is by identifying your top three priorities for the day. Write these down. If by the end of the day you’ve accomplished these three things, your day was a success. Ask your team what their goals are for the day. Have a brief “rallying” meeting to get everyone on the same page.
This is a good time to recenter around the core vision or purpose of your company. Where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? Keeping your eye on the larger picture on a daily basis can work wonders for team motivation.
Closing the Day With a Feeling of Victory
Most people are very hard on themselves. They tend to focus on the negatives, on what they did wrong or what they didn’t accomplish, instead of their victories. Yet, if you want to build momentum, you have to deliberately focus on your victories, no matter how small.
At the end of your day, look back on the tasks that you completed. Pick out three things that were worth celebrating. Give yourself a pat on the back for accomplishing those three things. Really give yourself the internal experience of a “win.”
Do the same with your team. End the day by identifying things that people did right and verbally acknowledging them. This all contributes towards a sense of group accomplishment.