Execution Through Action

Execution is a discipline that I would consider a lost art. 
     Many of us don’t realize we do execute actions every day; and in most cases, this has the power to be single greatest cause of success or failure. What we need to do to be successful in our own view must be executed by us. To understand the art of execution I would argue that the heart of the individual must be fully invested into what tasks or goals need to be met, why it has to occur, what steps need to accomplished to meet the tasks/goals, and how to get there.
     Take a moment and bring your vision down to earth, what has to happen right now, and do it. Some may say, what if you don’t want to? or I got side tracked prior to completing the action? This means you missed the moment of execution, and essentially failed at making something happen in an action plan.
     Over the years I have seen many of my own personal moments pass, where I questioned, if I conducted the action correctly, then I wouldn’t have failed. Some things I have stated after the fact and asked myself are:
  1. What did I miss to finish the task? 
  2. Would I be in this situation if I had a plan?
  3. Did I forget to write something down, why?
  4. Was I to consumed in something else, too many tasks at one time?
  5. How could this happen, I am such a good multi tasker? (This one is my favorite)
     Regardless of my justification the reflection of me missing the opportunity shows a missed moment of execution. This happens in the workplace and home nearly every day to many of us, I would assume; especially if we are taking a hard look at ourselves.
     There may be some questions that come into play to help us possibly alleviate the missed execution timing, and there is a simple way to take action prior to missing the steps. It called an action CARE plan. I use one each day to be more productive and avoid missed opportunities of completing what is necessary.
     So what is an action CARE plan? It is a simple and basic approach to plan out your year/month/week/days, in a step by step action plan:
  1. C- Consistent action. Put into action a plan/behavior that will be completed daily and become your new standard over time. (15 minutes in the morning and evening reflecting on the daily events, actions, seeing if I hit all my milestones for the day, AND WRITE THINGS DOWN)
  2. A-Attainable- Goals that can be achieved during the scheduled time frame. (If it is out of your hands, write it down, and go back to it later AND follow up)
  3. R-Realistic- using a practical approach to what needs to be completed though what you can Control. (Do not focus on what you cannot do, but what steps you can)
  4. E- Execution – carry out the actions necessary to walk the plan to completion. (DO IT!)
     For me to work my action CARE plan, I set time aside at the beginning and end of the day and week to ensure that all actions are being completed, rescheduled, or removed if not relevant to the necessary steps in what I am trying to accomplish. Here is an example of my week.


Planning plays a significant role in all execution, and when it comes to your action CARE plan remember the 3 processes that make up art of execution.
  • People process (the who) this is YOU. The primary cause of many execution failures and achievements 
  • Strategy process (the what) what is it you are trying to accomplish. Step by step actions to the end goal
  • Operations process (the how) the step by step instruction to get there are now put in motion to accomplish and be EXECUTED.

If all three areas are working smoothly together, your action CARE plan will be effective allowing you to be more productive. Here are a few tips that can help you work your plan:
  • Know what you know
  • Learn what you don’t 
  • Expand your capabilities
  • Be realistic
  • Set clear goals and priorities
  • Follow through

All in all, do not miss an opportunity to execute your plan.