What happens when you take your first move toward pursuing your dream and realizing your vision? Well, this may come across as glib, but the answer is straightforward: after your first step, take your second and then your third, fourth, and so on!
As simple as this may sound, it does bring up a less obvious point worth remembering: your first step may be a huge success, but in order to keep moving forward toward your vision, you must, well, keep moving. You’re not going to get anywhere if you keep taking the same steps over and over.
The same rationale applies to the second and subsequent steps. You must keep going forward at all times in order to make progress. Apple is a great illustration of how important it is to keep moving forward. Apple is one of the most well-known companies on the planet, yet its success isn’t based on being the first to develop technologies like MP3 players and smartphones. Other businesses came out ahead of them with those inventions.
Apple, on the other hand, took pre-existing technologies and continually improved them. The corporation never sat on its laurels; it didn’t allow itself to become too comfortable at any point along the route. It went right to building their follow-ups after developing the first iPhone and iPod, and then the follow-ups to the follow-ups, and so on.
While progress is necessary for success, it is also a double-edged sword. If you’re travelling in the right direction, you’ll get closer to realizing your goals; however, if you’re heading in the wrong direction, you’ll move further away.
It’s critical to develop and implement a daily review strategy to avoid the latter scenario. To begin, make a note of all the things you did today that were linked to your vision. Were they really on the same page as you? Did they actually help you get closer to your goal? Is your passion being nourished by them? What direction are they leading you in, and is it still the one you want to go in? If you answered no to any of these questions, it’s time to rethink what you’re doing and adjust your strategy!
Another term with two meanings comes up in the fourth quality of efficient execution: resilience. The first definition is that if someone or something is resilient, it suggests that he, she, or it can weather the storms of life. For example, a building would be considered resilient if it could withstand the physical winds of a hurricane.
A resilient person, on the other hand, not only endures the winds of fate, but also harnesses them to the best of her ability, much like a sailor does with his sails. She understands that while she has no control over the direction of the wind, she does have control over the direction in which her sails are pointed.
In this metaphor, the unruly “wind” represents the problems, crises, and setbacks that the world may send your way while you pursue your vision. If you’re resilient in both meanings of the word, you’ll not only be able to deal with these challenges, but you’ll also be able to respond in ways that help you improve.
And one of the most effective ways to do so is to remain upbeat, hopeful, and eager for new chances. One of the keys to billionaire Elon Musk’s rocky path to success was this. He is most known now as the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, as well as a cofounder of PayPal. But he had to overcome several obstacles before achieving his goal. His first PayPal business plan failed, and some of his SpaceX rockets literally went up in flames. But he didn’t give up; he persisted in his efforts, and PayPal and his SpaceX rockets eventually took flight, both literally and metaphorically.
That is an example of resiliency in the sense of being able to bounce back from setbacks. Elon Musk, on the other hand, exemplifies perseverance in the broadest sense: not merely surviving setbacks, but also gaining from them. When news surfaced in 2017 regarding a high rate of injury at his Tesla factory in Fremont, Musk made some unusual public promises to his workers. One of them was that he would visit with wounded workers one-on-one to hear about issues with the factory’s production line. Not only that, but he’d also take on their jobs himself to get a personal look at the issues. As a result, he transformed the issues into a teaching opportunity.
So, how can you improve your resiliency? You might conceive of your resiliency as a mental muscle that can be strengthened via exercise, much like a physical muscle. But first, it aids in muscle stretching and relaxation. This is taking care of yourself emotionally in order to reduce stress, anxiety, and dread. This will enable you to remain cool in the face of adversity, allowing you to make more informed judgments.
Physical activity, meditation, writing, establishing an action plan, and talking things over with a friend or mentor are all simple ways to do this. These exercises might help you restabilize your mind following experiences that destabilize it with unpleasant emotions. In a similar vein, you can reconnect with areas of your life that help you feel more stable. Playing with her children, for example, gives the author a sense of serenity even when she is in the throes of professional upheaval.
So there are a few different techniques to stretch and relax your resilience muscle. Let’s have a look at the exercise section now. Turning regular obstacles into chances for exercise is one helpful strategy.
The fifth and last attribute that leads to successful execution is the most important of them all. You can have the clearest, most compelling vision in the world, and you can follow it with unwavering passion, activity, and resilience, but if you try to accomplish everything on your own, you’re not going to get very far. You’ll need other people’s assistance, which is what the third trait is all about: relationships.
No man is an island, as the phrase goes. We all have a certain amount of time, energy, abilities, and knowledge. However, by sharing these valuable resources, we may broaden the scope of what we can achieve. You’ll have more overall time and energy to devote to following your idea if someone else contributes you some of their time and energy. You can fill in some of the gaps in your own abilities and knowledge if someone loans you their skills and information. This, of course, works both ways, resulting in the possibility of win-win relationships.
The more of these relationships you form and keep, and the deeper they get, the more you’ll be able to profit from the power of having other people in your life. As a result, it’s critical to build a network of people with whom you can form win-win connections.
Look for people outside of your close social circle to increase your network. If you work in a corporate environment, for example, look for people who are not only outside your team, but also outside your organization or industry. Take the time to demonstrate genuine interest in getting to know these folks better in order to strengthen your bonds. Don’t only ask simple yes-or-no inquiries, such as “Did you have a good weekend?” Ask more in-depth, open-ended questions instead, such as “Where do you see yourself in five years?” or “What is your passion?”
Make it a practice to express your gratitude to others through little, considerate acts to keep your connections strong. Thank you and congratulatory emails are one method to do this; however, handwritten notes are even better because they feel more personal. When you have free time, such as while commuting to work or travelling in a taxi, you can use it to call folks and reconnect with them.
The ideal partnership is a win-win situation in which both sides gain from each other. Unfortunately, many relationships are win-lose or even lose-lose situations. Furthermore, some previously win-win relationships have devolved into negative terrain. In light of these realities, the author suggests completing a life audit of your relationships on a regular basis. She sits down once a year and goes over all of her connections one by one, categorizing them into two groups.
The first group consists of positive people who provide her with motivation, encouragement, enthusiasm, and challenges that help her grow. The other group consists of negative people who have the opposite effect on her. She then makes a conscious effort to isolate herself from the people she has placed in the second category, which may sound frigid. She spends less time with them in the future, and if necessary, she isolates herself from them.
Of course, some concerns may be resolved, so she isn’t hasty to dismiss others. She only puts them in the second group if the problems appear insurmountable, at least for the time being. The person may change in the long run, in which case he can be welcomed back into the first category.
She also understands that people might become temporarily depressed as a result of traumatic events such as illness, the death of a loved one, or the loss of a job. She avoids categorizing these folks as negative because she knows they will need her positivity to help them go through to the other side and back to a more positive state of being.
Finally, she understands that you can’t just quit talking to a “coworker who has a negative effect on you” in the workplace. Because you’re trapped working with them, you’ll have to find out a technique to engage with them as effectively as possible while reducing the hostility.
Other connections, on the other hand, give you more options, which the author suggests you take use of. The goal isn’t to get rid of all the bad in your life. That’s simply not doable. It’s just a matter of maximizing the positive and minimizing the negative in order to put yourself in a position to actively, resiliently, and jointly pursue your passion and bring your vision to life.
The execution element refers to your capacity to carry out action plans that help you reach your objectives. It is built on the foundation of five characteristics: vision, passion, action, resilience, and relationships. Each of these characteristics can be developed. As a result, execution is a skill that you can hone in order to put yourself in a position to succeed.
As a result, do thought experiments to practice applying the concepts. The author, Kim Perell suggests starting your journey toward cultivating the five attributes outlined in the book, The Execution Factor, with a simple exercise: envision someone else having a difficulty with one of the traits, and consider what type of advise you would give her. Consider the case of a buddy who wants to quit her job and establish her own business, but she just has a hazy idea of what she wants to accomplish and isn’t ready to go after it. She lacks a business plan, has limited savings, and is responsible for a family. What would you suggest she do?
Similar tasks can be done with the other four personality qualities. Because it’s frequently easier to give counsel to someone else than yourself, the exercises might help you get started with applying the concepts to real-life events. After all, giving advise necessitates the ability to take a step back from an issue, establish some crucial distance from it, and then evaluate it from an outside-the-box perspective, which can be tough to do when dealing with a personal situation with which you’re emotionally entangled.
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