Why You Must Get on the Field and Execute

Execution is the name of the game. You can have the best plan in the world, but if you’re not executing it or if you execute it poorly, you lose (as in you don’t get your desired result).

Planning is for the dressing room. Execution is on the field, and that’s where games are won: on the field. An average plan, well-executed beats a grand plan that’s not executed at all or that is poorly executed. Not that you have to choose between planning and execution; devising an ingenious plan and supporting it with flawless execution is always the best option. However, if you must err on one side, err on the side of execution, because this how you win.

When you understand the importance of execution, you start spending most of your time and energy executing. I believe that the 80/20 rule applies here: spend 80 percent of your time and other resources executing, and 20 percent, planning. Your ratio may differ, but the bottom line is this: don’t stay on the sidelines (planning); get on the field and begin to execute.

When you examine your typical week, how much of your efforts are allocated to execution? I don’t mean the time you think and talk about executing, but the time you’re in fact executing. And if you don’t spend most of your time executing, commit to increasing that time.

Execution means taking action—not random action, but strategic action that moves you forward in the direction of your goals. Of course, this implies that you know what you’re doing (i.e., you must be competent). If you’re not, start there: get the training you need to be effective in your execution. As I said, no execution and poor execution lead to the same result: you lose.

You want to reach your goals and achieve remarkable results, get on the field and execute.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.