What To Do When You Miss The Boat

miss the boatIn life, timing can be everything but sometimes we miss the boat for one reason or the other and we find ourselves lagging, fighting to catch up and behind everyone else.

What To Do When You Miss The Boat

To be honest it seems that I have missed more boats in my life than I have caught. It’s not my fault, it is just where I have landed in the “cycle of things” which is usually on the downside…

When I went into the military and through my enlistment, they were actually downsizing so I missed the reenlistment bonuses that were once so popular. When I went into DOD contracting, the eight years that I did that were squeezed by budget cuts and even working in telecommunications and IT… the party started to wind down just as I arrived and had continued on that trend until I left three years ago.

Even in building my business, I managed to miss the boat on a few accounts… If I had started two years earlier when Facebook was more liberal about how things were shared per their algorithm, it would have been easier to build a larger following more quickly.

My Blog… the same deal… facing what Marcus Sheridan calls, “content saturation,” I was rather behind the power curve there as well when I started… both in the number of articles I had and the subjects that I write about.

I often reflect on what Tony Soprano said in the first episode of the Sopranos when he has his first session with Dr. Melfi.

“It’s good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that and I know. But lately, I’m getting the feeling that I came in at the end.”

I think I have made my point… we all miss the boat at times and nobody is immune… even fictional television mob bosses.

But what do you do when you do miss the boat? Do you give up? Throw your hands up in the air and say, “oh well…”

I think not…

When you miss the boat but are determined to not give up… you have only one of two options… first, you can wait for the next boat but who knows if and when it may ever show up so that really isn’t an option if you think about it. When you miss the boat and are committed to persevering… the only thing that you can do is to start swimming and start swimming hard.

This is when you have to commit fully to do whatever it takes to get a head of the game. Commit to getting there and staying there because once you get in front of the competition there is no competition if you manage to stay in the front. Swim and swim damned hard, and keep swimming.

My Blog and business website, sure it was late and it certainly is not as flashy as others are but it is now a leader because I committed to writing every day for well over a year and have kept that up. What my site lacks in gloss, it makes up in both the volume of content and the quality of content…

Two years ago, I was virtually un-findable on the internet… Now, with 551 search engine optimized articles (and growing) well, you can guess how many visitors (potential clients) I get a day that Google sends me… Did I miss the boat initially, you bet… but I committed to swimming and beating it to the other shore.

The point to all of this is that even if you miss the boat you can still get ahead of the game through committed, consistent hard work. Do your best and do more than the rest and eventually, not only will you catch up, you will leave everyone else behind who are still waiting on the pier.

As I am fond of saying, I can’t tell you the best thing to do first or the best place to start but I do know that the best TIME to start is now… Start now because if you did miss the boat there is never the guarantee there will be another. Start swimming and start swimming now.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten – 10 October 2009

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