Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny. ― Aristotle
There is a reason why we don’t achieve resolutions with the New Year.
There is a reason why new initiatives fail in business.
There is a reason why we are stuck with behaviors that limit our personal lives.
Are you hallucinating? When something is imagined, but it’s not really present or actually occurring, we say the person is hallucinating. While few deal with the psychiatric disorder or the drug induced variety … many have a false sense of reality – an illusion – and remain stuck with poor performance.
Recently I was challenged by something Peter Bregman wrote on the Harvard Business Review Blog Network. Here are four questions to help you get “it” done. Answer these questions and you know the secret to supporting the change you desire in your life.
First, what is your desired outcome?
Where are you stuck – physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually? Or what new discipline do you want to initiate? Or what project do you want to complete? Specifically identify what you want to accomplish.
Second, how clearly focused are you?
Why do you want to do make this change? What benefit(s) will you reap when you are consistently engaged in the new discipline … or once you complete that project?
How will you do it? What skills or resources do you need? Do you know “how to” to move forward?
Third, where is the resistance?
What do you hear in your head that sabotages your effort? We could call them “excuses”; what does that internal voice, “the resistance” say to hinder your action?
The secret to “unstuck”
For the sake of illustration – let’s say you are ready to begin exercising.
- WHY do you want to exercise? What are the benefits you desire?
- HOW will you exercise? Do know how to exercise in order to achieve your desired outcome; if not who can help you?
Here’s the point:
When it comes to execution, it is rarely a matter of motivation (why) or skill (how to). Usually it comes down to no plan (the when and where) and no accountability (who) further cluttered by the resistance in our head.
What is “the resistance” inside your head whisper when it comes time to follow through?
It is really about follow through and the need to shut-up the irrational voice in our head; not a lack of motivation.
What is your plan?
As you shut the voices and old thinking it is time to create your plan by asking:
- When will I exercise?
- Where will exercise?
- Who will I be accountable to?
Staying with the illustration my plan which requires follow through:
On M/W/F/S – I will walk with Rita, at 6:00 p.m. for 20 minutes in our neighborhood.
It is Thomas A. Edison who noted,
Vision without execution is hallucination.
When feeling stuck, check your why and how, but just as important, create your plan and follow through. Otherwise, you may be hallucinating.
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