A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. ~Colin Powell
Have you worked in an environment that lacked execution? A place where a lot of talking without a lot of action was the norm? A friend of mine recently moved on to a new employer because of the lack of execution at his company. For those of us with a propensity to action, lack of execution can be excruciating.
That said, from time to time we all fail to execute, do we not? Procrastination is tempting when action is difficult, unpopular or boring.
In Creating a Charmed Life, author Victoria Moran reminds us to “take the next action life presents.” This comes from the chapter Do the Next Indicated Thing – a mantra I recite when I simply don’t feel like executing. Often, that next indicated thing is something small: wash your face before you go to bed; gather the ATM receipts before you go to the bank; plan this week’s meals before going grocery shopping; create an agenda before running a meeting. These are the small steps taken to move toward goals. Steps to move toward checking items off our to-do list.
It’s Monday and a perfect time to plan your execution strategy for the week. What have you been putting off?
It’s time to execute.