Execution

Wow! It’s been a while! First things first, Happy New Year and Happy New Month!

Away from the niceties and into the central theme of this article. So, today I would like to handle a critical matter, that is, execution. I felt the urge to begin my writing this year with an important subject that really separates leaders from followers, the successful from the unsuccessful, the rich from the poor, and the wise from fools. In one way or the other, execution is one of the most significant elements to success in any field. Time and again, we have heard that “procrastination is the thief of time.” Also, we know that procrastination is the silent killer of man’s deepest dreams yet we still find ourselves pushing forward a significant activity. How many times have we backed out of important but not urgent matters? In any case, what often makes us fail to spring into action may be fear, paralysis by analysis, or the discouragement concerning the effort that we need to put into attaining the success. At other times, it may be the lack of enthusiasm or drive to just get it done.

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On a lighter note, I read someone’s post on social media where he had written that the year often begins in March; January and February serve as a period of reminiscing the past year and also as a grace period for preparing to enter into the new year. Funny weird, isn’t it? It is easy to conclude that such comments come from a lack of enthusiasm and motivation to seize the day. In effect, inaction breeds immobility and yet time and tide wait for no man! We ought to be in action, but this does not mean that we just move around aimlessly without a purpose. We need to have a purpose and to attain this purpose, we ought to set goals. To accomplish the goals, we need to execute the steps necessary to achieve them. Ever heard of the quote which says, “Dreams without goals are just dreams…and they fuel disappointments.” We hate disappointments, right?

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The Good Book tells us that, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” [Proverbs 4:7, KJV]. So, in the above scripture, we have two elements – Wisdom and Understanding. The latter is gotten as people gain knowledge. We know that wisdom and knowledge go hand in hand. However, there is an important factor that connects the two. This factor is execution. Even as man searches for knowledge, there is the need for them to appreciate that the wisdom is in the execution! If you cannot put into practice (execute) what you learn, then the knowledge becomes useless.

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Imagine you are an archer and you have really prepared well for a particular global tournament. When you win the competition, you get to walk home with a fortune. So, the tournament is held in an arena as large as the Wembley Stadium and is being broadcasted worldwide. It is your turn to march on to the field and take your shots. The only challenge is that there is no target! What! After all the preparations you walk into a competition, and there is no target? Well, that’s madness, isn’t it? Well, that’s how a large portion of the world is today! Shocked? Yes, we have many people with all the knowledge in the world, but they do not know where to apply it! It is said that the greatest tragedy in life is not death but a life without purpose.

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Knowing one’s purpose is the first step to living a great life. However, we also have individuals who know their purpose, but they have a rough time living their destiny. They have all the knowledge concerning the direction they should take but are still unsuccessful. In essence, their outward life does not portray who they are on the inside. On the inside, they may be having all the knowledge concerning their specialization, but on the outside, they are unsuccessful in their profession. Mercy! One of the challenges could be that they are poor in applying the knowledge they possess. Yes, we all desire to be wise. However, in our pursuit for wisdom, we face a lot of hurdles that at times make us play low in the name of sparing ourselves the blushes. However, there is a remedy for all that. The power lies in the execution. Simply put, “gaining knowledge is good, but wisdom is in the execution/application of whatever one has learned.” Also, “Knowledge is power but knowledge without action is useless.”

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Indeed, wisdom is the principal thing. We could go on and on expounding on the subject, but I choose to leave it at this point. Well, wisdom is knowing your strengths and weaknesses and taking the necessary actions to improve further. So, for a long time, I have been battling with execution. It has been a struggle not only in business but also in life. From time to time, I was wondering why my life was not improving despite all the effort I put in gaining knowledge only to know that I was poor when it came to execution. However, now I have a clear picture of my weakness.
For a start, I have begun reading Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan’s book titled, “Execution – The Discipline of Getting Things Done.” I have not gone past chapter one, and I am already learning a lot. In the book, Bossidy and Charan investigate how great leaders are masters of execution. In essence, they state that most companies struggle to make great strides because they are weak at execution. My reason for reading the book is to help revive my side-hustle which is in the negative zone despite having a great strategy and a grand master plan.

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Even you today, you can identify areas in your life where you have failed to take appropriate action and begin to move. Remember, wisdom and power lie in the execution. Also, remember that the knowing is in the doing. And when you are overwhelmed, remember to seek assistance. Indeed, there is no shame in asking for help.

Happy Execution folks!

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Bonus Thought

We have a lot of self-improvement books, and we also have a lot of motivational speakers. In the present age where technology is transforming the way we live, we also have motivational channels and accounts. So, we are well equipped with the knowledge we need to live a great life. However, the challenge lies in the execution. Yes, the information we get from all the books, channels, accounts, and the people around us would not work unless we apply it, period! Even the reading of the scripture and listening to sermons would not work unless you work it out! At times, the results may take longer to manifest, but one thing is for sure, the right execution techniques will yield the desired results.

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Grace

Dear persistent reader,

It has been long since I last posted here. I hope you are doing well. Today I would like to share few sentiments concerning grace that I found worth reading while I was away. Feel inspired!!

Do not fight against your life but rather live it gracefully. Lead a path of peace, of strength and of confidence.

For you to live in wisdom, understand that you do not have the answers to everything, and no person does! To live with strength, accept your life and value it as it is and as it comes.

If you want to embed confidence in every activity, know that you already are enough, and already have enough to begin making progress. To sustain success, see that the more you lift others up, the more your own life is lifted.

To fill your world with joy, rise above shallow, superficial concerns of ego. Give your attention, your energy to what matters, to all you love.

This day, choose to be rich in the substance of real life. Be authentic in your richness.

Live with grace, with integrity. And live in a way that satisfies the deepest part of you.

Remember:

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DO it ANYWAY….

I am currently reading the last chapter of Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!, an interesting motivational book written by the late Robert H. Schuller. While at the second last chapter titled Prayer: The Power That Pulls Everything Together Successfully, I was deeply inspired by the way he demystified the word RENEW. At this point, it will b important to ask yourself these two questions:

  1. How do you renew your strength and spirit when experiencing the low moments of life?
  2. How do you pick yourself up in time to prevent a burnout? (as in how tough  are you?)

Each letter of the word RENEW was defined as below:

R: Review your past.

Ask yourself questions such as Where have I come from? What was keeping me going? Only then will you be able to have complete check of where you have come from and where you are going.

E: Examine all the possibilities.

Ask yourself this question: What would you set as your goals if . . .? The aim here is to examine all the far more possibilities than we think that are in existence.

N: Name the price you’re willing to pay.

What price are you willing to pay to achieve that goal/dream? Only then will you be able to make it.

E: Elect the best possibility, no matter what the price.

Always make it a point to choose the best; shun mediocrity. Mediocrity has a way of shriveling up enthusiasm. But
commitment to excellence taps and incredible source of energy. Elect the best, no matter
what the price tag.

W: Wait and work.

Probably nothing is more difficult than to keep waiting, working, plodding, and maintaining patience through dark times. But we must. And in God’s good time, hope and help will come our way. “Wait on the Lord” in prayer and He will renew a dream. Wait on the Lord, and He will strengthen you heart!

In renewing your energy and through the practice of possibility thinking will you be able to go through tough times.

In addition, there is a certain excerpt at the end of the chapter from the Reader’s Digest of December 1982 that encourages us to adopt the practice of prayer and also waiting on the will of God. It is titled Do It Anyway and I’d like to share it below:

DO IT ANYWAY

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by
the smallest people with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for some underdogs anyway.
What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

The main point of the excerpt is to help one find joy and light in doing God’s will regardless of how people will interpret it or accept it. Remember to DO IT ANYWAY regardless of the fear and countless doubts that cloud your mind.

 

 

 

 

 

The ONE thing…

This one thing you must do and you must do it today. That stern warning may seem harsh to you at first, but it is also one that you desired to hear.

Everyone has something in front of them that they know they desire to do, create, or even begin, but will find all manner of excuses to not do so, and you do indeed have one of those.

You think that maybe if you get someone else to do it or have some assistance, that will make it all easy. You did not necessarily desire easy in your life; you desired accomplishment and expansion, and that process itself will not always feel easy.

When you do this one thing, you develop self worth, self confidence, and you build up a storehouse of empowerment.

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Demystifying Opinions…

Opinions are held by everyone; none of them are right or wrong, and the only ones that truly matter to you are your own. Opinions can be the cause of or lead to violence and wars. Opinions are merely emotionally held feelings about something. While at times they may be based in fact or truth, they do not necessarily have to contain those elements.

When we understand that they are always based on feelings and that you only have the ability to know and change your own, you can then use them as tools to your own freedom. You see, many times you have held yourself back in your own expansion because you have feared the opinions of others. In actuality, you feared the opinions you have or might hold about yourself.

Seek to know and own your opinions, and allow others the same freedom.

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Move beyond the Ego..

I shall define ego as an imaginary protection you have allowed to be created around you because it thinks it keeps you safe for the sake of the point I want to drive home through this post. Yes, it is helpful if you think of the ego as a separate entity, of sorts.

It might work something like this. You are about to do something in your life that you know might be a risk, but you also know it is the direction you desire to go in your life. Then your ego will allow all manner of temporary distractions to show up that it thinks will hopefully prevent you from moving in that direction, and now your ego thinks it has kept you safe.

Study this scenario and you will begin to notice many areas of your life where the ego has been at work. It is only then that you will be able to move beyond the ego.

As Einstein put it:

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Riconoscimento

Today I choose to use Italiano for my title. The title means acknowledgement when translated to English. There is one common goal that everyone shares and the awareness of this can change your world. That one goal is acknowledgment. You seek acknowledgment for everything you do, have done, and hope to do. It is the one motivating factor that causes you or anyone else to do anything.

Acknowledgment means that you are recognized as existing, and in that manner you matter and become important not only to yourself but everyone else.

When you begin to understand that this is what everyone else seeks and that you are all one, you will find a way to offer that acknowledgment to others and in turn you receive it as well.

There is nothing better you could do for yourself and your world than to seek and share this understanding.

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Give up!!!

It is high time as human beings that we should do ourselves justice. Doing justice in this context implies that we should increase the frequency at which we give ourselves credit. We need to appreciate the little we have or even the little that we have achieved. We should avoid focusing on the negative, avoid stress and also instances where we find ourselves whining about how life has given us lemons instead of pineapples!

It is only fair that everyone appreciates where they are and as they do that, they should make it a point to GIVE UP on the following:

1. The Shame of Past Failures
Your past does not equal your future. All that matters is what you do right now

2. Letting the opinions of others control your life
It’s not what others think, it’s what you think about yourself that counts. You have to do exactly what’s best for you and your life, not what’s best for everyone else

3. Being indecisive about what you want
You will never leave where you are until you decide where you would rather be.

4. Procrastinating on the goals that matter to you
Accept the responsibility. Also remember that the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now!

5. Choosing to do nothing
You don’t get to choose how you are going to die, or when
You can only decide how you are going to live, right now
Every day is a new chance to choose.

6. Your need to be right
Aim for success but never give up your right to be wrong.
Because when you do, you will also lose your ability to learn new things and move forward with your life

7. Running from problems that should be fixed
Stop running.
Face these issues, fix the problems, communicate, appreciate, forgive and LOVE the people in your life who deserve

8. Making excuses rather than decisions
Most long term failures are the outcome of people who make excuses instead of decisions

9. Overlooking the positive points in your life
What you see often depends entirely on what you’re looking for.
You will have a hard time ever being happy if you aren’t thankful for the good things in your life right now

10. Not appreciating the present Moment
Too often we try to accomplish something big without realizing that the greatest part of life is made up of little things.

Only then shall we be able to enjoy every step of our way…

Moving beyond reasons, excuses, and distractions…

You have used reasons, excuses, and distractions to keep you from reaching your true goals and desires. This message is difficult for you which is why you hesitated even writing it.

This goes on for most souls but most continue the game, so to speak, and never come to the reality of what they have been doing. You are now making a conscious decision to move beyond all of your reasons, excuses, and distractions.

It becomes important for you to understand why you have done this in order to move beyond it. It is far easier, so you think, to have the reasons, excuses, and distractions, than to attempt to do something with and in your life that you think will be great, and then fail. You move beyond this when you understand it is impossible for you to fail.

Remember:

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Don’t be jealous…

“You do not have to blacken the other fellow in order for you to shine. You can shine very brilliantly and the other guy can also shine brilliantly. This business of being jealous and envious is ridiculous. It is a mark of smallness of mind and spirit. It is only people of very small minds and spirits who think that they can only shine if the other fellow is totally blackened.”

Retired Kenyan President H.E. Hon Mwai Kibaki.