I have been taught to be a planner, all my life l had this notion that when you plan your every step and remain organized about life you are already a step closer to being successful. What the books say and what society says is somewhat contradictory. In the modern-day, planning and being organized has somewhat managed to fall on the wayside. The carefree, free-spirited life has become more popular, and as some would call it, this has become the era of spontaneity. Most people are failing to see the importance of planning their lives, penning down their long-term and short-term goals, and strategies on how to achieve them. By adopting the `que sera sera` attitude we are also driving a wedge between us and our long term success.
As much as spontaneity is perceived to be delightful and adventurous, to be a high achiever one cannot just live at the mercy of the tides. You ought to choose the path and direction to take as you navigate towards the intended destination. Goals and dreams rarely translate into anything tangible when we leave them to fate and we choose not to put in the work. Putting in the work, execution, is the ultimate step that will propel you to your desired altitude. Execution is having a strategic mindset and skill to perform a function and implement a process. It is the process of putting all the prior plans into action, it is going beyond and performing.
Execution comes with a couple of other important processes one has to go through for the objective to be achievable: discipline.
The discipline of focus
You can only achieve excellent results when you are clear about what you want and you know what matters to you. This critical step includes the definition of goals and what needs to be done. Go through a clear goal-setting process where simplicity is the key to actually achieving those goals, not to say you shouldn’t aim for the moon but the more ridiculously big the dream, the more you will find excuses to delay and procrastinate. If possible start small, arrange your goals into short term and long-term ones. Identify the priorities and focusing more on your energy and time on those.
‘’Execution doesn’t like complexity. The two best friends of execution are simplicity and transparency’’ -Chris Mcchesney
The discipline of leverage
After identifying our goals with their specific time limits we get an insight on what to prioritize. This discipline focuses on the process and not just the ultimate goal. This is the part where you devise a suitable strategy and path which will take you to the endpoint. When focusing on the process you identify the actions and activities that are going to push you forward. This entails planning and being organized with the small battles that will ultimately lead to victory in the war. Be methodical and know what is supposed to be done and how to do it for the desired outcome. It includes investing in daily habits and behaviors which can aid the cause and making sure not to be our hindrance. Invest more in high impact actions as all actions cannot be equal.
The discipline of engagement
There is a level of performance that comes with passion, being emotionally involved in what you are working towards. When you are emotionally vested, commitment comes easily. Find the `why` for your every goal, the reason that drives you and it will automatically light up a spark of passion inside you. This enhances your performance, when you are engaged you will keep going even in the face of adversity. It gives you the discipline not to quit but to keep going until the goal is reached. Engagement keeps you focused, full of rigor, commitment, and resilience. Not only basing on the intrinsic motivation of passion one also has to take note to record the daily wins. Reflect on all of the actions and rejoice in the ones which have been a success as well as picking lessons from the contrary.
The discipline of accountabilityWithout accountability no goal is achieved, we tend to not follow through with our plans. You can have the most brilliant ideas and strategies on how to accomplish it but with the lack of accountability, it just remains that, an idea. Consistency of action is crucial. There should be a regular and frequent flow of action that supports the goal in mind. Constant performance should be a culture. Review, revisit, and reevaluate your strategy and plan, identify points where change is needed. Make transparency a constant if you are working as a team, if alone find someone to be accountable to, one who can call you out on your misconduct and slacking. To master the art of ruthless execution always stay true to the disciplines and you definitely will not miss the victory dance.
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