Ready, Fire, Aim!

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Opening things you might want to consider:

  • Aim low, and you can reach your goals without getting disappointed.
  • If you can stay calm, while your surroundings are in chaos, then you probably haven’t completely understood the seriousness of the situation.
  • Doing a job right the first time gets the job done. Doing the job wrong fourteen times gives you job security.
  • Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity
  • Teamwork means never having to take all the blame yourself.                                      ~ Unknown

There are so many things in life that I would like to “do over”. As we get older and more experienced, we see things more clearly. We also see the end results more clearly. When planning a project or event in life, we should factor in all potential outcomes. Normally we have a great idea; we act on it and face the results later. Without proper planning and patience, we will fail more than succeed. It is better to spend twice as much time in preparation than in action. When we get the process out-of-order, the results will be undesirable. Old carpenters have a saying, “Measure twice, cut once.”

Great leadership advice from old carpenters:“Measure twice, cut once.” Click To Tweet 

Here are 3 thoughts about getting things in the right order:

Don’t ACT before you THINK

Now, there is some good advice. If you act on a minimal amount of information, you have lessened the chances of success. Just because it is a good idea does not mean it’s: time, appropriate, or applicable. Just because it is a good idea does not mean it’s: time, appropriate, or applicable. Click To Tweet

Think about all of the outcomes. Think of all the ramifications. You may never need them, but it is better to be over-prepared than underprepared. When facing a hard situation, I always try to map out a solution to whatever objections I think I might face. Knowing them ahead of time gives you greater confidence as well as a higher success rate.

Don’t SPEAK before you KNOW

Extroverts know everything or at least something about everything (just ask them). No one likes a “know-it-all.” Often we are armed with enough information to be dangerous. Remember, knowledge is power. You may not know everything, but you will certainly speak with more authority when informed. There is a saying, “An expert is a person fifty miles from home with a briefcase.” You may be able to get by with a quick wit for a while, but not long-term.   The more knowledge you have about something, the greater understanding you will have before a decision needs to be made. It is hard to “undo” what has already been said.

Don’t QUIT before you START

This is the biggest of them all. More people fail simply because they do nothing at all. When you become knowledgeable on a particular subject, you are probably more informed than most people around you. Others may be intimidated by you. Don’t talk yourself out of moving forward once you are armed and ready. When you begin something new, you are already steps ahead of everyone else who has been talking about it.

When you begin something new, you are already steps ahead of everyone else who has been talking about it. Click To Tweet

To make a decision or get a project off the ground, get yourself READY. Do your due diligence; AIM. Know your target or desired outcome; FIRE. Go for it with confidence and authority. You are now the leader! When you make the right decisions big things start to happen.

Have you lacked the confidence to move forward with a decision or project? What held you back?