Early this year, I had a conversation with a dear friend who has a growing fashion company. What we primarily spoke about were thing to be done this year and projects we look to accomplish. A lot of the plans she had were so fantastic that I so looked forward to the results and opportunities she would get by accomplishing them.
Just during this week, last month in the second half of the year, we had a meeting to share our lessons and achievement thus far this year with each other. Guess what? She had done very little or nothing. I felt really bad about that but then I looked back at my life years ago and knew I had practically same challenge of getting things done or execution.
Quite a number of persons have great ideas of things to execute but most of the time only very few take the step to get things done. This is a major contributor to lot of people setback.
In this post I would be sharing personal lessons on why some people never get things done and what to do about it.
Why People Never Get Things Done and What To Do About It.
- Too Many Tasks at a Time: Back in my school days I handled lot of things ranging from school polities, fellowship activities and my campus watch news house. Because of this too many tasks I found it very difficult getting things done.
- Lack of Motivation: Some folks just love to get a push before they ever get anything done. Funny enough sometimes one has to practically check on them every minute.
- Fear of Failure: This is almost peculiar to lot of folks. Some persons fear through every process. Check this out fear actually means – False Evidence Appear Real. So because one has a false evidence of failure in his sub-conscious, it becomes real.
- Habit of Procrastination: Procrastination is a major slow down for success. Giving excuses over and over again why you can’t get a thing down immediately.
- Lack of Strategic Plan: This is another major reason for people not getting things down. One of the most difficult task is thinking strategically.
Here Is How to Get Things Done.
- Focus on One Thing at a Time: Getting involved with too many tasks is a very terrible thing, this am saying with experience. The law of forced efficiency says that “There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do one most important thing.” So to be a doer you have to step up to one course and have result, then use that as a model for other things.
- Understand Where your Motivation comes from: It is very vital to understand where your drive is coming from. For most persons their mentor keeps them motivated but then my advice is to stay extremely self motivated.
- Face your Fears head-on: As a child I had a lot of fear telling a person ‘No’, I always displease myself to please others but then I woke up to the reality that we are never meant to please everyone. I also had a fear of rejection and because of this I never requested anything from anyone but I had to stand up to requesting when I understood that when I don’t ask it immediately becomes a ‘No’. Brian Tracy wrote “Losers try to escape from their fears and drudgery with task that are most tension-relieving. Winners are motivated by their desires towards activities that are goal-achieving.”
- Priorities over Posterior: Getting your priorities right is one of the coolest thing that can happen to a person. Priorities is something you do more of and sooner. Posterior is something you do. Brian Tracy wrote in his book ‘Eat that Frog’ – “You can get your life under control only to the degree to which you discontinue lower-value activities.” This was taught to some of us in secondary school in economics. We called it scale of preference.
- Plan Ahead and Think Strategically: Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. Taking an action without thinking through is a prime source of problem. Every minute spent in planning saves as much as ten minutes in execution. To get things done one has to spend at least few minutes planning to get it right. The 10/90 rule – 10% of the time planning saves you 90% of time getting work done.
- Hire a Coach: A coach kicks your butt to have you do things. Every great person has at some point subjected his/her self to a coach (financial, life, marriage and even health). So give your life a by hiring a coach.
Also Read: 5 Indisputable C’s On Your Success Journey
In conclusion, Theodore Roosevelt said “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” So folks, you have to get started at all cost. To be successful you have to get started.
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