We know that analysis paralysis sucks.
Thinking about it drives you to inaction.
There are million ways why you should not do it.
But there is only 1 reason why it hurts when you don't.
This one important reason should give you the impetus to do it.
Starting gives you the confidence to proceed without always asking yourself if this is right thing to do.
When you started, you have at least give it a chance to flourish rather to let a million excuses drive your thinking.
Start and learn and stop and continue on.
There is no need to rush.
It is your timing that is the most important timing of all.
The road to value is paved with good intentions but a lot fall short of the actual desired outcomes.
For the performance-driven, short-term minded-organizations where quarterly performance is greatly prized and rewarded, the tendency is to have a tunnel vision, sort of blinders that tend to decrease the ability of management to think strategically, out of the comfort zone.
The value proposition is central to all high-performing organizations where resources are scare, the competition is tight, and the regulations/standards are getting higher and higher, both from internal as well as external sources.
Creating and maintaining the outstanding value provided to customers, consumers, target groups, clients, or stakeholder is a lofty but also an imperative to have. This what separate healthy and successful organizations from the pretenders and apathetic ones.
Executives and managers should ask themselves, what ever I am doing, will this add, expand, and increase value for the organization or not?
If you can trace your work to the overall organizational goals and objectives, the organization has equipped such alignment to happen. This alignment does not come by accident or any of the good coincidences. It is intentionally designed to focus all the resources to its desired outcomes.
Value leads to more excellence, efficiency, and effectiveness. Without clear, compelling, and solid value for the organization, for society, and for its target audience, the organization has lost 'its touch with reality' might be just cruising along, waiting for obsolescence.
I had a conversation with a friend I hadn't seen for a long time. After all the niceties, we talked about the organization where we both became trustees at one point and continued to have strong affinities with it after all those years.
She mentioned something about mission incongruence. Incongruence manifests if there is a misalignment, disharmony, or conflict in mission/goals/objectives. The organization is swimming in two ponds, one in service delivery and the other on in profit-oriented venture where in either one or the other, it is failing miserably.
The question with mission incongruence is-if the organization is suffering from incongruence, then somebody has to stand up and say, this is not working!. I think a lot of organizations are in denial and could not bear to admit that whatever is ailing them is not a matter of execution, but of strategy. The strategy which was once the most sound or the most plausible of all direction, is now ready to be reviewed and reexamined in the light of changes to the organization internally and externally.
When the organization says 'ouch', then what is the remedy? The remedy is not far behind. Usually, it is the combination of creating pragmatic changes to things at the strategic management level and down to the operations and service delivery.
Denial in personal life and in business can be removed when the darkness is lighted, it could no longer afford to be in the dark anymore. This is true in our organizational lives, when one part is examined, there is no excuse not to see what is really going on, the rut, the mold, and the spiders!.
Light in this case are the facts and evidence that comes from observed reality. Take time to observe what is actually going on versus what is believed to be.
What happens between zero to something? Many things.
If want to do something, you should be able to accomplish it in 90 days. Beyond that and you are still thinking about, nothing will happen.
1. The courage to forge ahead;
2. Having the right mindset and behaviors to start and sustain;
3. Imperfection is okay;
4. Removal of distractions and unnecessary obstacles;
5. Be convinced of the merits of your endeavors;
6. You are accountable first to yourself and your family. Stop listening to the voices of those that do not matter in the end.
In the final analysis, if you are able to start. Ask yourself, are you afraid to succeed? and/or afraid to fail?
There is no harm in trying but it is better to learn and make mistakes now, than not try at all.
Don't be the 80% who knows what to do and the importance of doing it, but don't do.
A lot of people worry about getting their projects off the ground, getting the products out to the customers, getting their grants approved by donors, and getting the right partners to their business deals. These worries do no do them any good, or even helped them get to their objectives. The more you worry the less you want to proceed.
Why not, commit now and let it fall where it falls. You wont get shot when committing. By committing you are fully allowing yourself to take on the task with full heart, mind, and determination. Things will fall into place at their own alignment. The rest will be another chapter to deal with.
Remember, there is no such thing as perfection, only excellence.
If organizations make decisions on the basis of what others will do, say, react (violently) against them for making those decisions, these leaders should be vacate their positions.
For one thing, their decisions should be based on facts and observable evidence. Their decisions should be guided by a rationale and logical criteria or a set of guidelines that the organizations should abide by as part of their mandate, terms of reference and business strategy.
To discuss the risks involved in decision-making, it is all about probability and impact. The probability that their constituency will be irate and will tear their door and /or the decision will cause havoc in the community should be taken in proportion. Who are these people, how serious will the impact of this decision be?
To hide under the guise that people will see this as partiality, special treatment, or favoritism is nonsense. Open your meetings, create guidelines, stick to your mandate, and weigh risks objectively, not as something to be afraid of rather than to determine if its actually an issue.
If you see ghosts everywhere, you might not want to get out of house or your room. It's the same thing as those leaders who cant and wont make a positive decision because they see things that do no exist.
Fear-based decision-making is the worst of all. The default is always a No.