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Too often we think about the results of what we want, and get lost in the big picture. It's often what is difference between our chance for success and the possibility of failure.
What separates the truly successful from those that get-by?
The successful know that the difference between success and failure is minute, but the minute details are what make the difference.
This post is a two-part discussion about the differences between success and failure and what is ultimately, the factor most important.
And that is the execution of a plan.
Bear with me.
This post is going to have plenty of sports metaphors - and will be published in two parts - but the point of the post is that the difference between success and failure is often one of execution.
Success and failure are often separated by mere inches, or seconds, in sports.
In life and business that line is one that is often times subjective.
It's subjective to an opinion of the audience and can shift just as a line is drawn in the sand -which, is why I don't like the term, line in the sand - if the wind blows, what then?
|Success and failure are twins often separated by a razor fine line|
Sure, if you're keeping score, the one with the highest score at the end is the winner.
Except in golf. That s#!t's cray-cray.
The lowest score wins the hole, but it's kept track by the honor system. When I hear people talk about their golf scores, their handicaps and how far they can drive the ball, a couple of thoughts come to mind.
- I'm reminded of Mark Twain's quote; "Golf is a good walk ruined."
- Regarding scorekeeping I think: "You walk around, often drinking, keeping score with a small pencil on a pad. You keep your own score, and there isn't a judge or monitor to see you're recording it correctly. And then I think if accountants were able to be this loose and free while drinking mind you, would you still hire them to do your taxes?
- When they talk about their drive game, basically they are telling you they have advanced degrees in surveying. How else can the professionals drive an average of 280+ yards, but any amateur is driving 285+ yards. Then I wonder to myself, "wow - all these golfers are experts at determining distances, what did I miss in school that I can't tell 6 inches from half a foot?"
- Once again I'm reminded of Mark Twain's quote; "Golf is a good walk ruined."
It doesn't matter the strengths and weaknesses of the plan.
There are 4 stages of planning and most important, executing that plan that will dictate the best opportunity for success.
Those stages each feed on the other and if done properly, bring you full circle.
1) The Planning Stage: Think of all things that you want to accomplish.
2) The Doing Stage: Get out there and get started.
3) Evaluation Stage: Mistakes are made. Things happen.
4) The Success Stage - Execution come full circle - You need to use the data from all three previous stages and get back to work on your path.
1) If You Plan For Success, You Succeed At Planning
While it's definitely important to make a plan, it's also crucial you act.
Think about everything you want to accomplish. What are some of the larger tasks? Some of the smaller ones that may be lower hanging fruit - the tasks that may be easier to accomplish in shorter time and with less energy?
By planning ahead and thinking about all the potential hurdles that may get in the way, you have a better, more sure-footed path toward accomplishing your goals.
By acting on a plan, we discover where those pitfalls may be.
2) Get Off Your Butt And Get Doing
Discovering what works and what doesn't is the input you need before the evaluation phase of your plan.
It tells you whether or not your plan is on the right trajectory.
But you need to first do something to enact your plan before you can evaluate the data.
Because after you act on your plan, it's going to look a little, or a lot, different than you first began.
Knowledge is experiential. That means that we learn by doing, not by thinking, reading and dreaming. We are kinetic learners on a biological scale, we learn by doing.
It's the meat, the spices and casing of the sausage making process.
Like I wrote before, making sausage is about putting everything together, some things that may or may not appear to work together, but with proper testing and planning, you know are awesome fits.
After you get started, there's bound to be some bumps and bruises. It's part of the learning process that is called trial and error. By doing, we're gaining data that allows us to properly set up our next course adjustments, which are the most important part of how you adapt your execution of your plan.
Above all else, adapting and recalibrating is the primary difference in determining your success and failure.
Part Two Of The Executioner's Revenge