It's easy to get distracted when you're in it for the long haul, which is why as a strategy consultant I feel the need to share everything I know about execution. In 2014 execution was my weakness as described by a personality test. Therefore I've studied it and found a few concepts along the way that have made a difference for me and changed that weakness into a strength.
The Principle of Division
"Break it down until it's not scary anymore."
- Gabriella Payne
The most difficult obstacle you will face when seeking any accomplishment is mental resistance. Our brains are wired to run far from danger, and that includes the mental danger of disappointment if we try to go after something. We end up facing analysis paralysis because of the distance between our current circumstances where we want to be. Using what I call The Principle of Division, we effectively cross the hurdle of mental resistance by proving our mind wrong and saying, "It's actually not that hard".
Persistence and Consistency
"Keep pushing play."
- Tony Horton, creator of P90x
This quote personifies a must-have attitude of anyone who wants to accomplish something. An example of this is Gary Vaynerchuk, thought leader and entrepreneur. If you follow him at all, you know that Gary Vee always discusses the importance of persistence and consistency in doing anything. This is why a long-term plan is so important. In a recent interview, "Vaynerchuk attributed the success of not just his video projects but all of his endeavors to consistency." People who struggle with this principle are great at starting things but horrible at finishing them. If you want to actually achieve your goals, understanding this principle is key.
"The strongest motivation is seeing what you've already accomplished."
- Gabriella Payne
This is another principle Gary Vee displays and if we are being honest, it's gratitude in its purest form. He says "I think people underestimate those small wins. They’re so focused on getting to a million views, or a million followers, that they forget about how special it is to have 500 followers."
I get it, your goals can seem really big and impossible at times. However, if you think back and consider what other goals you've already accomplished that you thought were impossible you'd realize that everything seems impossible until it's done.
"It'll do well. And if it doesn't, I will still do well."
- Oprah Winfrey
There's a viral interview with Oprah when she first started her show and the interviewer asks her in a condescending manner, "What if it doesn't do well?' It's clear he assumed Oprah had never considered it, but she fired back almost immediately with the quote mentioned above.
Often we allow doubt to set in our minds and we start to believe that we won't accomplish our goals. Positivity is a choice, and when it comes to Jesse Kerema, contributor for Medium, he believes that there are two factors to it: your physical environment and your mind.
Limit the time you spend on negative behaviors, media, and conversation. When you're alone, practice positive self-talk by using these tips. The most important conversation you will ever have is with yourself. Make sure it's a great one.
It's time to start working like you know you can. You need an air-tight productivity strategy and if you're near the Washington, DC area I have a masterclass this June. There are only a few spaces left - so save your spot as soon as you can!
Gabriella Payne increases engagement in teams and communities through inspiration and strategic development. She works with universities, athletic groups, and corporations to help students and recent graduates transform their futures through strategy development workshops. She is also an advocate for healthy relationships and teaches a series called "See It Coming".