Success Tools

Once you have established what it is that you need to carry out any given project that you undertake, the next thing that you need to do is equip yourself. Do not get carried away at this stage and forget what it is that you are doing, recognise the task at hand as it is and that is to simply grab some tools.

Tools are what they are, “tools”, nothing more nothing less. Always have your final objective in mind. A lot of people start out on the right track, with a set of goals and objectives, but soon get caught up in the acquisition of tools that they soon forget their primary purpose.
They begin to think that the tool is what they want and not the actual fulfilment of their goal, hence they end up with a tool and an unaccomplished goal.

For example, lets look at a guy carrying out a construction project that has a six month deadline, and one of the tools required is a crane, and in this utopian town there is only one crane and that crane is only available for a few days. The project also has a limited budget, if the builder gets caught up in trying to secure the crane at all costs and ends up exhausting the budget in the process, he will find himself with a tool and no end. Or get so caught up in haggling for the price that he ends up with neither the tool nor the end, he has a big problem on his hands.

So the idea is to take a balanced approach when acquiring your tools. Keep the task at hand close in mind, but the overall objective even closer.

Any tool can be acquired with a simple method of figuring out what exactly it is that you require to be done, how you feel is best for that to be done and what tools are usefull towards carrying out that task.

Usually you will find that there is not just one way to do a job, or there are numerous tools that achieve the same goal. So you have to go for the task that best suites the simplest and least stressful process of acquiring the tool.

Its all a matter of figuring out the process of acquiring the tool and going at it with zest and enthusiasm. Be efficient in your execution, but patient in your expectation of the manifestation of your end result.

Some tools you may permanantly acquire, others you may just have for the duration of your project.

It is important to know the reasons why in every circumstance, and hence adopt the correct amount of effort and investment in making the acquisition for the project.

Never overestimate what you know, or take for granted some of the simpler tasks that you have to carry out. More often than not, it is those simple tasks if not executed properly that chip away at your project and make it crumble and fall to its knees.

Im a person that likes to challenge myself to new and interesting goals.
If you find yourself lagging behind in some facets of knowledge there are three things you can do; get an expert, go back to school, or both.

Personally, I recommend both, because once you get an expert to guide you, you have the best method of execution and the expert will also take into consideration some of his own diverse knowledge even from outside the field in question.

However it is also important to know what it is that you are dealing with, there is nothing worse frustrating, than a frugal employer meeting an extravagant employee. The two will always be neck in neck, and if you are unlucky enough to be that employer, on a tight budget and at the end of the day you realise that you overpurchased or spent too much, well…. let me leave that to your imagination.

So it is important for you to stand in the gap of the decisions that you make concerning your resources.

So in this instance it is necessary for you to equip yourself with adequate knowledge to make the right decisions.

Live The Dream

There has been widespread talk about visualising what it is that you want in your life in order for you to see it manifest itself.

Some writers say you should visualise and verbalise what you want and you shall see it happen. Those theories whilst true, are not what we shall be discussing. What we shall focus on however, is how once you have a dream or a vision you shall see it through from idea conception right up to full execution.

There is no way that you can structure a project out till it has been completed without actually seeing the vision or the idea about which you are talking about.

See it from the word go, what would you go about doing and what would happen if your dream was to be executed immediately?

If God was to say he would supply you with everything that you need, wether finances, resources, human or otherwise what would you need and how would you employ them?

Begin to move from the place that you currently are and see what it is that you need to the fulfillment of your objective. What is it that you would do on a day to day basis, with whom and how would it be necessarily executed.

For example, say your dream is to construct a house, the first thing you would consider is probably the location, then how to get the land, who you would need to see, what papers you anticipate to sign and present, the form of payment strategy you would have to employ, wether cash, cheque, credit, trade etc, how you would get to see the land you are to occupy, the need to employ surveyors and geologists to advise on the possibility of contruction, until you finally begin even thinking about the plan for the house.

As you live out the series of steps, it is wise to jot them down for later revision and deliberation with friends, advisors, partners and self.

It may be difficult at first but with practice and execution you will realise that it becomes easier and you will do it faster with each successive effort you make.

It is also wise to take note of the financial and resource implications to each of your actions so that you are very well aware of what you need if you are to see your dream to fruition.

Difficult you think? Why not try this approach. Consider a person who is about to embark on a long journey. Naturaly, you would plan for it, pack some change of clothing, carry some money, plan out were you will be staying, how you will get there, if there will be some stops in between, what you will eat when you are on the road and once you are there.

Its highly unlikely that you will just get up and go without thinking it through, and if there is one area that you are not satisfied that is adequately provided for you will find a substitute and if you fail at that then you simply wont embark on the journey if the object is very important.

Its the same thing with business, there is no such thing as a “startup guru”, we are all born with this inbuilt ability to learn, plan and startegise. Galileo said, you cannot be taught anything that you do not already know, but you can only be made to realise, what lies deep within yourself.

The same way you make plans and execute holiday plans, is the same way that you execute a business strategy. The levels of execution may be different, but the basic principles remain the same at every level.

Its the basic activities that we carry out on a day to day basis that form the fundamentals of running a big business tha we often fail to recognise. The simple one foot in front of the other that moves you from point A to point B..

The time frame and consequences of each and evry action that you take will also make themself obvious at this stage hence you can easily identify what challenges and constraints that you are likely to face as you progress with your activities.

Tasks that can be done at one sitting are also identified and you can come up with a schedule that is feasible and that will not put a strain on your resources.

Tasks that consume a lot of time and resoources but add very little or nothing to the final outcome can be sidelined or even totally dismissed, but you need to be carefull to take note of the overall picture because some activities influence more than one facet.
It can be very expensive to be cheap.

The Mind and positive reinforcement

There is a popular saying which is; “do as I say not as I do”. That is the methodology that most speakers and teachers try to impart onto their protegies. But I would like to challenge that saying in the same manner as Paul when he said, “go ye out and preach the gospel…. and if neccessary, use words”

The meaning of this verse I would like to comment is that, the reason we do what we do is because of a deep inner belief system of the way we believe that the world operates. It resonnates from our core value system, the stuff that makes up our reflexes. What has been continually implanted into us by our environment and society to such an extent that we have every bit of faith that this will undoubtably come to pass as a result of a given activity.

For example, if u were to fill a glass of water , then flip it upside down, u naturally expect the water to come cascading out of the glass even before the glass has completed its turn. This is the substance of faith, one would actually be surprised if the water failed to come out of the glass tumbler, you would start asking yourself, what happened? Is it frozen? Is there an unseen barrier covering the tumbler?

But in the same manner a lot of business teachers adopt the same strategy of do as I say and not as I do. I will give you a classic example, a person can do a Bachelors’ degree or even a masters’ but when they take up a new position at a company they usually go through a program popularly known as a graduate training program, where they are told how the “real” world operates. So what was happening during the four years they were at college? What was being taught, if the real world of their chosen profession requires them to often bend “laws” that according to textbook cannot be broken?

What is it that really successful peolple do in order to succeed in those things that they endevour to do. There are those people that seem to take up projects that have an unending success rate. They seem to succeed in whatever they set out to do. One might ask himself, what is it that makes this person succeed in what they go after? What is it they do differently, when the flesh is the same, the hours are the same and sometimes even opportunities seem to be at par?

The main reason I might attribute it to the core belief and value system, the same way that one person when attacked will flinch in response and another will, lift up their fists to fight. Studies have called this the “flight/fight paradox”. It has also been proven that speed racers when they approach a potential accident they step harder on the accelerator and speed past the hazard, whilst ordinary drivers have a tendency of slamming on the brakes and come to a startling stop. So in the case of business and personal projects, what causes some people to speed up and see a project to completion and what causes other people to slamm on the brakes and come to a complete stop. Core beliefs and values are embeded into an individual with time and experience.

In order to change the outcome, it is neccessary to change the process. The core values and decision making process has to be adjusted for positive results to be realised. This can be achieved through repeated sessions of positive reinforcement and purposed and directed thought. What would happen if you were to take this same level of belief and faith we discussed in our water in the tumbler example in other areas of uncertainity in your life?

What would happen if you applied for a contract or a tender and naturally expected it to come through. If you applied for a position and began to immediately plan new strategies to improve or maintain the existing system. Basically what I am saying is; see what you believe is meant to be in the fullness of your heart and soul.