A business or product life cycle is: Introduction - Growth - Maturity - Decline. I like the performance management cycle: Plan - Manage - Review - Reward - Renew. Better yet, the Happiness Cycle: Have Goals - Make Effort - Get Results - Feel Good!
A well known cycle for making change is the OPDCA or Deming cycle: Observe, Plan, Do, Check, and Adjust.
In my youth, I used to think that doing things p.d.q. meant I was a better person. You know - if doing at 1 speed is good, then doing faster is better! Not necessarily. I've since learned that taking more time to OBSERVE and PLAN saves me extra work and frustration later on when it comes time to DO and CHECK my plans. Otherwise, I had to make a lot more ADJUSTS to my plan than I wanted too.
The end of a cycle. Have you gone as far as you can with your current horse? Want to think about changing horses and are ready to do so? Upward and onward. Not happy with the current horse event in your area and you need to end it and try something different? Winter time is a great time to reflect and make a new plan for the spring.
This is where I'm at with my solar business. Now is the time for me to get out and move on. By the time you read this, I will have sold my business and property and will be downsizing. It's time for me to make life a little easier. Time to get more involved in the reining again. I can't wait. Best of luck to your plans for 2018!
Happy Horse Holidays to you!
Next year will be the start of my 10th year writing for TheRider.com! Thanks everyone. I look forward to a great 10th year!
Putting my spin on cycles.