Are you good at positive thinking, but not positive doing? This thought might help prompt you to action.
“Vision without execution is hallucination.” –Thomas Edison
What a powerful thought. Perhaps a powerful mantra for you for the rest of the year might be: “Get it done.”
Enough spending so much time goal setting and planning. Sure, there’s definitely a time and place for both of these. However, once you’ve done that, perhaps it’s time to stop spending so much time “gettin’ ready to get ready.”
You are already ready. It’s time to get a move on, or as Edison would suggest: execute. So, in case you could use some tips for moving into action, here are three tips for moving from vision to execution:
Three tips to “get it done.”
1. Know what “it” is. Pretty basic place to start, yes? And yet, if I were coaching you right now, and you said, “Crystal, I don’t have enough time to get everything done.” I would say, “You’ll never have enough time to do everything. You’ll always have time to do something. So, the only thing that matters is, what’s that something?”
2. Know why you want to get it done. Your whys and no one else’s. You know how hard it is to stick to anything if you’re trying to do it because someone else tells you that you should do it. It’s next to impossible to stick with any plan that you don’t have intrinsic motivation for. The drive must come from within.
3. Work quickly. This means, do not check your email first thing in the morning! Get down to it, and get it done! You will love how your new quickness energies you and keeps your momentum going.
And you know me, I like to over-deliver, so here’s your bonus point:
4. Stay with that part of the project until that part is done. Notice nobody is pretending you should expect to finish a big project all at once. Just one part of the project. So, hunker down, stay with that one little section and plan to reward yourself when you’re done.
When clients have asked about time management, it’s really about self-management, isn’t it? Knowing what you want, why you want it, and being willing to just get going.
Because you may not have gotten started already because you’re afraid of making mistakes, simply look to your track record. When you’ve made mistakes in the past, what did you do? Of course, you learned what didn’t work, tried something different, and got on with life.
That formula you’ve been using all along still works, you know. Keep using it, and you will be well-served.
Let me know how this works for you, yes?
As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, Crystal Jonas knows what it takes to make college students more successful, and enjoy school whole lot more.
Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call Crystal at 719- 291-0366. ____________________________________________________________