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The Art Of Execution - Just Get It Done

Updated on May 27, 2013

The Art Of Execution - Just Get It Done

The Art Of Execution - Just Get It Done

Winston Wayne Wilson

Those who can do, those who can’t doodle –

W.Wayne Wilson (from upcoming book “My Two Cents”

Over the years, ninety percent of the people I meet are very successful. However, only ten percent are successful outside their heads. The reason for this is simple: most people have not yet mastered the art of execution – that reliable ability to get things done. Unfortunately, the only success that matters in life is success outside your head. The fulcrum for success is that ability to consistently get things done, day in, day out, in sickness and in health, till death. Sounds like a wedding vow doesn’t it? Well, if you are committed to getting things done then you will enjoy a very long and happy marriage-like relationship with success.

Unfortunately, for most people the relationship with success tends to be fractured or non-existent. That is because the majority of people rely almost exclusively on dreams, hopes and fantasies to transport them onto the lush, landscaped splendor of success. The majority of people can clearly envision the fame, the money, the cars, the mansions, the private jets, the parties, the groupies, and all the wondrous trappings of success; however, they lack a clear and focused plan that they can execute. The end result is that most people over promise but under deliver.

While the majority of people are dreaming and doodling, there is that small minority of people who understand the formula for success and are working overtime to get things done. Instead of merely talking about success, they are actively walking along the path of success. Rule number one for success is that you cannot talk and walk along the path of success at the same time. Why not? Because we have to be focused to succeed – focused on a clear, concise and executable plan. We have to be focused because we have limited resources – time and energy. In his book, “Where There Is Light”, Paramahansa Yogananda, remarked that:

“The root cause of many failures in life is lack of concentration. Great men are men of concentration. They put their whole mind on one thing at a time.” Our culture is obsessed with multi-tasking. However, success sometimes requires single-minded, laser-like focus. So, if you are not succeeding it probably means that you are not concentrating on getting things done. If you expend the majority of your time and energy talking about success or dreaming about success you will not have much time and energy left to actually execute the formula for success.

People come to me all the time and tell me, “Man, I’m going to blow up and make it big by this time next year”, or “I’m going to be a billionaire by the age of 30”, or “I just know I am going to be a CEO”. While I love an awesome, sky-reaching dream, I love a clear, executable plan even better. I ask all dreamers exactly the same question: what is your formula for success and how are you executing it? When they give me that befuddled look and just keep talking my ears off, I know that they are not yet on the path to success. In over 25 years, I have never seen a talker buck the trend and talk their way into success. No dream, or even positive affirmation, can land you into the lap of success. Only the ability to execute can achieve success.

So, the first easy step you can take towards success is to shut up – unless you are networking. Simply stop talking and start walking on the path to success and sticking to the formula of how to get things done. What is the formula for success? The basic formula for success, that is built to last, is:

hard work + creativity + determination + resilience + faith + gratitude + teamwork + networking – over a very long period of time

I have never seen a successful person who does not excel in executing the elements in this formula. Sometimes we might not be able to observe the hard work, but when you speak with a very successful person, he or she will tell you about the early mornings, the late nights, the endless leveraging of relationships, the reading, the creative streaks, the stick-to-it-iveness, and so on. Of course there is fortuitous, seemingly undeserved success; however, that success tends to be transient and, at times, even destructive (i.e. certain lottery winners).

Finally, not everything that a successful person gets done is actually successful. Oxymoronically speaking, a big part of success is appreciating failure. Successful people rarely talk about being disappointed because failure is not a deterrent to getting things done. They are undeterred by failure because they believe in Thomas Edison’s credo: “I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.” The reality is that life promises us nothing. It’s our expectations that disappoint us. So rather than sitting around cradling their expectations in a blanket of dreams, successful people toil in the sun to get things done, even when some of those things tragically fail.

So, today I want you to think about one thing that you desire to accomplish and ask yourself if you are doing enough of the right things that are included in the formula for success. We know you are dreaming or fantasizing enough but are you executing the formula enough? I’d be happy to hear from you about how you are doing.


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      Winston Wayne Wilson 4 years ago from Newark, New Jersey

      That's exactly right. Remember, baby steps are much quicker than a man taking no steps at all.

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      Mahogany W 4 years ago

      This has been the hardest part of following my dreams. I get excited about the dream but I don't actually put the action needed to make my dream materialize more than likely because I don't know where to start. The key is just to get something!!