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Your idea. Your process. Your product. All of these are your babies. You and your team create these each year. Just like an artist paints her landscape or a chef cooks his special entrée – information workers create ideas, processes, and products.

Once an idea, process or product has been created people have a hard time killing them. Don’t worry — it is natural. Just like you look out for your kid you look out for the product you created. Successful professionals realize that just like people – ideas, products and processes have a birth, a life, and a death. Trying to hold off the inevitable death of your idea product and process will hold you back.

Determining if your creation still has legs or is ready for the graveyard is a tough thing to do and here are some tips to help you in this process:

  1. Be Honest to Yourself: Realize that you are naturally biased to anything you have created and make an extra effort to be objective. Understand this bias and consciously compensating for it will help mitigate it.
  2. Consult a Trusted Advisor: Even the best of us know that no matter how hard we try we will sometimes not be as objective as a third party. Consulting a trusted advisor ensures that our decision and perspective is sound.
  3. Determine Metrics: Ideally you will have already have metrics established to identify when a product, process or idea’s lifecycle ends. If you already have these metrics then compare them to the current state. If you do not, then take this opportunity to come up with those metrics.

Instead of letting someone else determine the lifespan of your product, process or idea – empower yourself by being the determiner of it. By being honest to yourself, consulting a trusted advisor, and determining clear metrics will help you in this process.

Have an awesome week and remember to do something today to supercharge your success.

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