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Habits of execution

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There are some projects that require months of planning along with multiple prototypes and iterations of blueprints. Building a house, adjusting the infrastructure, launching a project—by all means, plan, and plan some more. The cost of finding out crucial information is layers deep.

But for most of us, most of the time, the cost of finding out is very cheap. It’s as simple as a call, text, or email. Yet, we overthink it. We have come to believe that we need to do more research, act more strategically, or gather more data before we can move forward. In reality, we just need to do the very thing that all of the planning usually leads up to in the beginning, rather than at the end.

Here’s the thing, the thickest playbook doesn’t win championships, execution does. And, champions don’t do extraordinary things, they do ordinary things faster than everyone else—i.e.—they have developed strong habits of execution which helps them react faster than everyone else.

That’s because, most of the time, it’s not physical, it’s mental. It’s about an adjustment here and there, then repeating that adjustment time and time again that make all the difference.

Professionals, too, realize this. They know that there is no such thing as an overnight success. It’s about the small habits we develop over the years that accumulate into great results. It’s about persistence and consistency.

So again, think to yourself: is it information you’re lacking? Or is it execution? Is it motivation you’re lacking? Or is it execution? Is it talent you’re lacking? Or is it execution?

You get the point. No matter your circumstance, ability, knowledge, resources, there’s always something you can tweak and improve upon. Streak enough of those good habits together, you just might make things interesting.