Just do it…

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - WORKSMART -

Gauri Ch­habra

One of the con­ver­sa­tions that I keep hav­ing with peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions about per­sonal pro­duc­tiv­ity and or­gan­i­sa­tional ef­fi­ciency is that no mat­ter what you may think, no mat­ter how many ideas you may gen­er­ate, no mat­ter how much train­ing you im­part, noth­ing changes. The peo­ple are the same, the or­gan­i­sa­tions are the same.

To this my an­swer is the sim­ple three word for­mula that Nike used: "Just do it…"

Most of the big ideas would re­main ideas un­less they are ex­e­cuted. And there will be no per­fect tim­ing to ini­ti­ate them. Re­mem­ber, ideas are just the an­ces­tors of ac­tion, they have to pass the ba­ton to their progeny­ac­tion, oth­er­wise they would just fiz­zle out and die.

Are you a per­son of ideas? Or are you a per­son of ac­tion. Ac­tu­ally, to gain trac­tion in per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life, you need to be both an ini­tia­tor of ideas and ex­ecu­tor of ac­tions. Here is how to be­come both.

Start small

If you are wait­ing for one big op­por­tu­nity to im­ple­ment your idea, be­lieve me it may never come. You have to start small and make it big. You want to lose weight but are not an early bird in­stead of trun­cat­ing your wake up time from 8am to 5am just start 15 min­utes early . Slowly make it 30 min­utes, that way it won’t hurt. You are new in an in­dus­try and want to learn it, do not wait for that win­dow of hours. Take ev­ery 15 min­utes you get to wiki the in­for­ma­tion about the in­dus­try. And be­fore you know, you would be an ace at it. Robin Sharma says in his mon­u­men­tal mas­ter­piece, Who Will Cry When You Die?, "The small­est of ac­tions is al­ways bet­ter than the no­blest of in­ten­tions". You have to start small, but start any­ways…

Per­sis­tence is key

Daily and per­sis­tent ef­forts in the di­rec­tion of your pas­sion will help you move ahead. The prob­lem is we come up with great ideas, but since we do not per­sis­tently work upon their ex­e­cu­tion we tend to give up in the ini­tial stages only. In this era of in­stant mes­sages, in­stant tea, in­stant cof­fee, we seemed to have be­come im­pa­tient in wait­ing for re­sults. When re­sults are not in­stan­ta­neous we give up. Lit­tle do we re­alise that we did not stay with our own idea for long enough. For in­stance, you wish to im­prove your com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, you can­not just get the gift of the gab in a day. You need to start with the sub skills of lis­ten­ing and then grad­u­ate to speak­ing read­ing and writ­ing. The re­sults will be grad­ual. Do not give up early

Make ad­ver­saries your friends

An­other rea­son we give up is that as soon as we start work­ing on our ideas we re­alise that it is not as easy as it seems. It is full of ad­ver­sity. That is the acid test. If you are not able to over­come when things are not com­fort­able and you give up at the word go, you did not love your idea that well. For in­stance, you wished to take up a new re­spon­si­bil­ity in your job . You are ec­static be­cause you feel it will open many new doors for you. At this moment, if you are also ex­pect­ing that ev­ery­one around you would just give you way and serve what you want in a plat­ter, you are mis­taken. The new re­spon­si­bil­ity is your pri­or­ity not theirs. In­stead of treat­ing it as an ad­ver­sary, start be­friend­ing the per­sons and things that are clog­ging the sys­tem. Firmly but gen­tly make your way into the vir­gin re­spon­si­bil­ity. Peo­ple will take some time to ad­just to this new role of yours. Give them that. Main­tain grace un­der pres­sure…

Do not crib

It is easy to com­plain and con­demn. It is hard to stand on your feet. Will you al­ways come up with a great idea? Would you al­ways be wel­comed when you wish to pro­pose a change in a scheme of things?

Peo­ple will re­sist you, avoid you like plague. Do not crib. They are hu­man af­ter all. Does it mean you bow down be­cause you want to be liked by all? That’s not the case too. So what do you do?

In­stead of crib­bing about peo­ple and sys­tems, wade your way out of the muddy wa­ters. Prac­tice what is called de­tached at­tach­ment. View at your idea ob­jec­tively. Maybe what ev­ery­one is say­ing makes sense. Sit at the judg­ment seat, to bor­row from Ed­ward De Bono with a blue hat. If at any point of time that oth­ers are right, just do the course correction in im­ple­ment­ing your idea im­me­di­ately.

Well be­gun is al­ways half done…

The last push

Some of you may really start very well, put your ideas to ex­e­cu­tion and all seems good. Sud­denly an­other in­ter­est­ing idea comes your way, mak­ing you ec­static. You drop all that is in your hands to han­ker af­ter this new fad of an idea. For in­stance, you had thought of im­prov­ing your com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, you were do­ing fine, were half­way when sud­denly learn­ing a new tech­nol­ogy be­came the lat­est fad. You dropped your com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills classes and en­rolled your­self in your new tech class. That seems per­fectly okay, but you have dropped the ball at the wrong time. What you can ide­ally do is to take your com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills to a level of in­de­pen­dence and con­fi­dence be­fore mov­ing into an­other genre al­to­gether. What dif­fer­en­ti­ates or­di­nary from the ex­tra­or­di­nary is just the last push. Push the en­ve­lope…

If only I had the time

In this hard­wired world, con­stant in­ter­rup­tions by tech­nol­ogy have made us frame win­dows of time stacked back to back, the only crunch we have is time. When you say that you could not ex­e­cute your ideas be­cause you did not have the time, two things come to mind. One, you did not love your idea enough or you would have made time for it. There is em­pir­i­cal ev­i­dence to sup­port the state­ment; we take out time not for things that are on the pri­or­ity list, but for things that we en­joy do­ing. Sec­ond, you are just per­form­ing one chore af­ter an­other play­ing catch up with time.

Take out the time by cut­ting through the clut­ter of emails, in­stant mes­sages, tele­phone calls, blogs, pod­casts and the like. Dis­con­nect a lit­tle with the wired world, con­nect with molten minds in­stead. Strike a bal­ance be­tween the un­canny need to con­nect with the wired world and the crav­ing pas­sion to break bread with fam­ily and friends. Pos­i­tive en­ergy and emo­tions will flow in your di­rec­tion and you will JUST DO IT. (The writer is a Pun­jab- based ed­u­ca­tion coun­sel­lor with 12 years of ex­pe­ri­ence. She can be con­tacted at gau­ri_­nag­pal@ya­hoo.com )

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