Getting It Done !

Act, Act, Act !

How to get it done. The Secret Sauce. George Soros is a Hungarian born investor who makes decisions based on back tweaks. He’s worth 1.2 billion dollars and in his words he says, “I make decisions based on the way my back feels and it’s quirky.” We wrote about that here.

When it comes to getting things done, there’s a myth that you have to roll out the same secret sauce and follow those rules every single time.

I guess you could do it that way, but then you have to remember all of the rules. And then your office looks like the movie Office Space with staplers and signs full of rules in Times New Roman size 20 font taped everywhere.

We’ve found that when it comes to getting things done, assigning a Direct Responsible Person (DRP for short) it pivotal.

A DRP inherently goes above and beyond. And it doesn’t matter how you do it (within reason) but the DRP must get the job done.

People wait to be told exactly what to do. But here’s the real truth: no one really knows what to do.

For example, the famous feature film composer, Hans Zimmer, has a decked out lair where he creates the most legendary soundtracks of our era (Gladiator, The Dark Knight, The Lion King, Inception). It’s how he gets the job done.

The lair works for him. Some people like windows though.

What’s your secret sauce?

Often times, Zimbabwe comes across as the Excuse Economy.

Excuses:

  • Airtime, The person wasn’t there.
  • Internet, They ran out of modems and cables so I have to pay $40 and wait on a list until the new shipment from China arrives.
  • Data, My phone’s data plan cuts off at the 21st of each month because I have to pay more money but there’s no easy way to pay.
  • Bank, I can’t take money out today because of too many reasons to explain in this post…

You see, on and on and on.

Stop the excuses! Here’s the way to get it done. Assign DRP’s to projects or tasks. Assign a Direct Responsible Person.

At first, when teaching this to your team, you offer to be the DRP on the project. Let everyone know:
The Buck stops with the DRP. Too often everyone points fingers and disagrees about who should be getting it done. Arguing majors and minors. This has then infiltrated and affects our whole economy.

No more I am not the one. You are the one!

If you can’t get the job done, google it. Still can’t get it done. Scream and shout. And let everyone know. All hands on deck to help you accomplish the task/project/goal.

If you have a culture of excuses it will affect your entire team. Ban excuses and offer solutions.

There’s not a secret sauce to getting things done. George Soros feels a tweak in his back. Hans Zimmer has a productivity, music lair. Do what works.

And if you do it, you might as well do it right.

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Do you know your enemy?.

Sin is like a rocking chair so comfortable to stay/relax in, get out of your comfort zone. Adamic nature became a curse the moment, disobedience was accepted the moment God’s instructions were not obeyed in the garden of Eden, Eden which was intended as a place of fulfillment. Sin became the order of the day soon after the disobedience of the first man.

The kingdom of Adam, which is now made us prisoners of sin, in this earth and sin is crouching at the door eager to control you, sin has invaded the men’s senses of right and wrong. We try to make mankind equal, and make God look unequal by using views such as post-modernism. Are you caught up with the philosophies of man or you pursuing the wisdom of God. Actually sin is an entity by itself and it’s more powerful than the devil, the devil became the express image of sin. The devil is enslaved to the point that he is cosmetic not able to go/be back to his original state that God intended for him from the beginning before he disobeyed.

Who you yield your self too that is were your loyalty is ? Earth is influenced by men who yield self to the demonic spirits. Let us be encouraged to use the keys of the kingdom and not promote the association of evil spirits, in our lives, reckon that God is a spirit. The strategies the devil uses are to make us (human beings, born again converted or not) operate under ignorance, consent or disobedience only if we yield to his deception, but believers have authority over evil, just be aware/conscious. The devil is like a heroin addict, he can’t stop sinning we know he is the prince of darkness, sin is the king of darkness, the president of this darkness age, a defeated soldier.

The best conclusion is on the cross sin which employed lucifer was defeated by Jesus Christ who lives forever. Sin has reduced men from a divine senseable beings to be likened to beasts character wise, most with no integrity and dignity these days, usually these are the last days.Lastly to defeat sin is by focusing on and staying in Christ, not trying to reduce the defiling of sin in our lives with our own human efforts, Jesus Christ is the power behind  righteousness, sin is the power behind the demonic so hide in Christ, the Rock, choose life.

If, If, If…

If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

—1 Peter 2:3

If:-then, this is not a matter to be taken for granted concerning every one of the human race. “If:”-then there is a possibility and a probability that some may not have tasted that the Lord is gracious. “If:”-then this is not a general but a special mercy; and it is needful to enquire whether we know the grace of God by inward experience. There is no spiritual favour which may not be a matter for heart-searching.

But while this should be a matter of earnest and prayerful inquiry, no one ought to be content whilst there is any such thing as an “if” about his having tasted that the Lord is gracious. A jealous and holy distrust of self may give rise to the question even in the believer’s heart, but the continuance of such a doubt would be an evil indeed. We must not rest without a desperate struggle to clasp the Saviour in the arms of faith, and say, “I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him.” Do not rest, O believer, till thou hast a full assurance of thine interest in Jesus. Let nothing satisfy thee till, by the infallible witness of the Holy Spirit bearing witness with thy spirit, thou art certified that thou art a child of God. Oh, trifle not here; let no “perhaps” and “peradventure” and “if” and “maybe” satisfy thy soul. Build on eternal verities, and verily build upon them. Get the sure mercies of David, and surely get them. Let thine anchor be cast into that which is within the veil, and see to it that thy soul be linked to the anchor by a cable that will not break. Advance beyond these dreary “ifs;” abide no more in the wilderness of doubts and fears; cross the Jordan of distrust, and enter the Canaan of peace, where the Canaanite still lingers, but where the land ceaseth not to flow with milk and honey.

Are you cold or warm ?

Josiah Duncan may have struggled to fully comprehend the plight of the homeless man he encountered outside an Alabama restaurant.

But he realised, instantly, that he and his mother could help the man by buying him a meal.

The boy’s mother, Ava Faulks, told WAFFthat the youngster would not stop asking her questions when they spotted a dishevelled man outside the Waffle House restaurant in the city of Prattville.

Ms Faulks said the youngster asked: “What does homeless mean? Where is his house? Where is his family? Where does he keep his groceries?”

After learning all about the hardship so many people face, Josiah demanded his mother pay for the man’s meal.

“He came in and sat down, and nobody really waited on him,” Ms Fault added. “So Josiah jumped up and asked him if he needed a menu because you can’t order without one.”

The unnamed man originally insisted on simply ordering the cheapest thing on the menu, but Ms Faulks and her son were adamant he should get a good meal.

Before the man could eat, the five-year-old insisted on saying a prayer with the man.

“Watching my son touch the 11 people in that Waffle House tonight will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I’ll ever get to witness,” she said.

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Stay On The Boat Or Step Out Of The Boat !

An amazing and famous story from the great book, the most sold book on earth records this account, which you and I can learn from today.I quote- When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Hie, can you honestly define your boat – is it your oasis, safe heaven, comfort zone, what’s your boat ? May you look in restrospect is it filled with unaimed targets or positions of victory, positive- outstanding outcomes or mediocrity either way we in a vessel that is associated with greatness or not, remember you an average of the five people you associate with. 

We can only survive the storms of life, if we acknowledge ” the Truth” not the facts. So stay in the boat or step out of the boat it’s a bold decision which you have an opportunity to act apoun in a space of 7-10 minutes, each time but you define your boat. Today according to statistics 5% of the world’s population has success and the rest 95% has no success that is a clear illustration of which boat one might be in, don’t settle for less, refuse to sink, step out and experience life’s impossible yet possible opportunities. Destroy self doubt, search your self ignite the hope and faith in you. You can do it awaken the sleeping gaint in you, all things conceived can be achieved convince yourself stop having comfort in the midst of failure, negate apathy, embrace patterns and principles that can make you go forward in life. 

P.C.I tool:

Persistence go hard or go home.

Consistence create a positive habit

Insistence continue to push on not push off.

6 Steps To Achieving Your Targets 

I’ve been reading through the original version of Napoleon Hill’s classic work “Think and Grow Rich”. For years, I’ve wanted to read the book but never found the time. I found a free ePub version of the book for my Sony Reader and that was the push I needed to start reading this 74 year old classic.

In reading the opening chapters, I came across Andrew Carnegie’s plan for achieving wealth. As Thomas Edison rightly assessed, this plan is good for achieving goals in any aspect of our lives so I’ve modified the wording for it to reflect as such and share it with you here. This is the plan shared in the book and with the New Year still very much new, NOW is a good time to set a few goals and celebrate as you achieve them. The plan is in six steps:

1) Define Your Goal – Know what it is you want to achieve. Be specific! Don’t say “I want to lose weight” but rather “I am going to lose 30 pounds”.

2) What Price Will You Pay? – Achievement costs. What are you willing to pay to achieve this goal. While Hill says sacrifice doesn’t play into this step, I would argue it does because to achieve any goal, you have to learn to say NO to some things and in paying a price, you sacrifice something for something BETTER! (Your Goal!)

3) Define a Specific Date For Achievement – Be realistic. If you want to save $1,000 start with $100. If you want to lose 50 pounds, start with 5! Put smaller, manageable goals within reach and set specific dates for accomplishing them.

4) Create An Execution Plan For Achievement – This is crucial. So many people start with a goal, set reasonable expectations, but NEVER start down the road of achievement. The journey of many miles begins with a first step and you HAVE to start NOW. Don’t wait until you think you are ready. Set a goal, be specific, and GO FOR IT!

5) Condense Your Goal Into a Statement – Look over steps 1-4 again and condense the goal into something you can see each day. “I am going to lose 10 pounds in five weeks so I can feel better and live longer!” sounds a whole lot better than “I will lose some weight in the new year”.

6) Affirm The Goal – Hill’s book says to affirm the statement from step 5 at night before bed and the first this in the morning when you wake. That’s a good plan. I write down my affirmations in my planner each day and review them frequently. It’s easy to get off track but clear, focused statements keep you in line!

That’s it. Six easy steps to get you on your way. Now, take a moment and write down a few goals you want to achieve in 2011. Follow these steps and achieve the unthinkable!

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3 Points That Inspires the Minds of Enterprenuers !

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”  – Author George R.R. Martin


I read to keep my edge. I get especially excited about books rooted in psychology because they apply to anything. While the following three books are not technically business books, they have each both inspired me and influenced my business — just as they will do for you.

1. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

“World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea — the power of our mindset. Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success — but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset.” –Amazon.com.

Do you truly believe that the future is what you make it and that success is linear, rising and falling with your efforts? If so, you have what Carol Dweck calls a growth mindset. This productive way of thinking says, “What I am currently doing equals what I am currently getting. If I improve what I do, then I will improve what I get.”

A fixed mindset, on the other hand, says that your efforts don’t matter, that success is just up to the gods who either shine down on you or don’t. When we operate in this mindset, even subtly, we lose the opportunity to pursue greater goals. In short, we become the victim, not the victor.

To strengthen your growth-mindedness, celebrate the process. Carol Dweck’s motivational book will help you remember that success is linked to mindset.

2. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership

“Bill Walsh is a towering figure in the history of the NFL. His advanced leadership transformed the San Francisco 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a legendary dynasty.” –Amazon.com

This is my favorite leadership book, told by Bill Wash, one of the greatest coaches of all time. He believed that the greatest coaches are teachers, and he focused on what he called “teaching the gap.”

For example, if Joe Montana was doing something incorrectly, Walsh would say, “This is how you’re supposed to do it. Here’s how you did it. Do it again.” His simple, yet powerful, approach yielded great results. The same has been true when applied in the business world.

Walsh shares that we actually win more (in sports, life and business) by focusing less on the win and more on the process. He celebrated every well-executed play, whether or not that play resulted in a score or a win. It’s the same for us as business leaders. The more we focus on winning, the more stressful and less productive the environment becomes. Focusing less on the win and more on the execution of winning plays (the process) creates a stronger environment. This mindset shift leads to huge gains in the workplace.

3. The Talent Code: Unlocking the Power of Skill

“What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In this groundbreaking work, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, businesspeople — and everyone else — with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.” –Amazon.com

This motivational book challenges your thinking and shows how skill is learned, not inherited. Although the author’s work is based on highly technical brain research, his book is straightforward and relatable, whether you’re a parent, an athlete, a business person or anyone in between. He identifies and explains three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts: practice, ignition (motivation), and master coaching.

Entrepreneurs’ lives are packed full of checklists and appointments, but these books, by the experts, are worth the time. Their words will both empower and inspire you as a business leader and as a leader in your family and your community. Our minds are too powerful to waste. Let’s take every opportunity to keep our edge.

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3 ‘S To Wealth Creation

It got me thinking to say what is wealth and how can one gain or earn without compromising there character i.e integrity, since integrity is far more greater than a million dollars in the bank or in your name. One is required to have a good mental fortitude in any endevour , remember success is planned and earned not dreamt, faithed for or wished for… It’s gradual not a destination.

Think on strategies, patterns and influence that makes wealth creation tangible and seize to be a fantasy, such as bagain properties, risk pricing you pay for opportunity; wealth is not just materialistic things but a place of satisfaction spirit, soul and body. Success and wealth are one way twin brothers, like doubt and faith, the difference is doubt is so lonely that it can not recognize faith as the twin brother. Because success is in small dosages of positive choices, decisions and habits. Establish wealth in your head first and access information, knowledge which makes you grow in your areas of growth. The best principle to always reflect on is work on self more than your job, wealth is thoughts, not things ideas and concepts. People always forget inflation and taxation, make maximum use of your assets invest in things which go up in value, don’t diversify always concentrate and move into risk.

3 ‘S to wealth creation

1. See it – visualize that you want from the end not the beginning

2. Say it – affirm and announce the goal to friends, family it promotes accountability

3. Seize it – recognize opportunities when they knock if not create 

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5 Steps On Goal Setting

The Five Golden Rules

1. Set Goals that Motivate You

When you set goals for yourself, it is important that they motivate you: this means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. If you have little interest in the outcome, or they are irrelevant given the larger picture, then the chances of you putting in the work to make them happen are slim. Motivation is key to achieving goals.

Set goals that relate to the high priorities in your life. Without this type of focus, you can end up with far too many goals, leaving you too little time to devote to each one. Goal achievement requires commitment, so to maximize the likelihood of success, you need to feel a sense of urgency and have an “I must do this” attitude. When you don’t have this, you risk putting off what you need to do to make the goal a reality. This in turn leaves you feeling disappointed and frustrated with yourself, both of which are de-motivating. And you can end up in a very destructive “I can’t do anything or be successful at anything” frame of mind.

Tip:

To make sure your goal is motivating, write down why it’s valuable and important to you. Ask yourself, “If I were to share my goal with others, what would I tell them to convince them it was a worthwhile goal?” You can use this motivating value statement to help you if you start to doubt yourself or lose confidence in your ability to actually make the goal happen.

2. Set SMART Goals

You have probably heard of “SMART goals” already. But do you always apply the rule? The simple fact is that for goals to be powerful, they should be designed to be SMART. There are many variations of what SMART stands for, but the essence is this – goals should be:

  • Specific.
  • Measurable.
  • Attainable.
  • Relevant.
  • Time Bound.

Set Specific Goals

Your goal must be clear and well defined. Vague or generalized goals are unhelpful because they don’t provide sufficient direction. Remember, you need goals to show you the way. Make it as easy as you can to get where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up.

Set Measurable Goals

Include precise amounts, dates, and so on in your goals so you can measure your degree of success. If your goal is simply defined as “To reduce expenses” how will you know when you have been successful? In one month’s time if you have a 1 percent reduction or in two years’ time when you have a 10 percent reduction? Without a way to measure your success you miss out on the celebration that comes with knowing you have actually achieved something.

Set Attainable Goals

Make sure that it’s possible to achieve the goals you set. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, you will only demoralize yourself and erode your confidence.

However, resist the urge to set goals that are too easy. Accomplishing a goal that you didn’t have to work hard for can be anticlimactic at best, and can also make you fear setting future goals that carry a risk of non-achievement. By setting realistic yet challenging goals, you hit the balance you need. These are the types of goals that require you to “raise the bar” and they bring the greatest personal satisfaction.

Set Relevant Goals

Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life and career to take. By keeping goals aligned with this, you’ll develop the focus you need to get ahead and do what you want. Set widely scattered and inconsistent goals, and you’ll fritter your time – and your life – away.

Set Time-Bound Goals

You goals must have a deadline. Again, this means that you know when you can celebrate success. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and achievement will come that much quicker.

3. Set Goals in Writing

The physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible. You have no excuse for forgetting about it. As you write, use the word “will” instead of “would like to” or “might.” For example, “I will reduce my operating expenses by 10 percent this year,” not “I would like to reduce my operating expenses by 10 percent this year.” The first goal statement has power and you can “see” yourself reducing expenses, the second lacks passion and gives you an excuse if you get sidetracked.

Tip 1:

Frame your goal statement positively. If you want to improve your retention rates say, “I will hold on to all existing employees for the next quarter” rather than “I will reduce employee turnover.” The first one is motivating; the second one still has a get-out clause “allowing” you to succeed even if some employees leave.

Tip 2:

If you use a To-Do List  , make yourself a To-Do List template that has your goals at the top of it. If you use an Action Program  , then your goals should be at the top of your Project Catalog.

Post your goals in visible places to remind yourself every day of what it is you intend to do. Put them on your walls, desk, computer monitor, bathroom mirror or refrigerator as a constant reminder. 

4. Make an Action Plan

This step is often missed in the process of goal setting. You get so focused on the outcome that you forget to plan all of the steps that are needed along the way. By writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you’ll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal. This is especially important if your goal is big and demanding, or long-term. Read our article on Action Plans   for more on how to do this.

5. Stick With It!

Remember, goal setting is an ongoing activity not just a means to an end. Build in reminders to keep yourself on track, and make regular time-slots available to review your goals. Your end destination may remain quite similar over the long term, but the action plan you set for yourself along the way can change significantly. Make sure the relevance, value, and necessity remain high.

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Seek The Towel Not The Tittle

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We have to be prepared for service ,it does not matter in which area in life or stage one is in life.The reason for preparation is that you appropriate your thoughts , attitude and character to suit the occasion with full integrity and dignity.

Servanthood is the highest form of leadership,irregardless of your affluence or influence out there,remember to seek the towel not the tittle.We are our best when we serve others ,big or small ,rich or poor in our communities or any other setting. This has to be our norm ,our lifestyle to serve others with our time ,food you name it.

Let us treat each other in the way we would love to be treated back by others ,be it family , friends or by aliens (foreigners).

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