Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! I am a strong believer in planning, but I don’t like planning forever. Some people love planning, but they lack the inner tenacity to act on the plan. So being a good planner is good, but being a good executioner is better. Some people have been preparing to write books for ages, unfortunately, ten years later, they have not started.
At the last Inspire Africa Project Conference I shared with the audience that any new idea or product is already obsolete before it reaches the market. Why? Because before you go through the process of turning the idea into a product or service, someone has generated an idea that will send yours out of the market. So you see why over preparation is dangerous? Instead of waiting for the spirit to move you, kindly move the spirit!
This powerful story shows how some people are getting ready without achieving any meaningful thing. “We all know how many collage students prepare their assignments. With fine intentions, Joe College sets aside a whole evening for some concentrated study. Here is a general pattern of how, too often, the evening is spent.
Joe’s ready to begin studying at 7 P.M., but his dinner seems just a bit heavy, so he decides to get in a little TV. A little turns out to be an hour’s worth since the program was pretty good. At 8 P.M he sits down at his desk but gets right back up because he just remembered he promised to call his girl.
That shoots another forty minutes (he hadn’t talked to her all day). An incoming call takes another twenty minutes. On his way back to his desk Joe is drawn into a Ping-Ping game. Another hour gone. The Ping-Pong makes him feel sweaty, so he takes a shower.
Next he needs a snack. The combined effect of the Ping-Pong and the shower have made him hungry. And would the evening planned with good intentions drifts away. Finally, at 1 A.M, he opens the book, but he’s too sleepy to absorb the subject. Finally he surrenders completely. Next morning he tells the professor, “I hope you give me a break. I studied till 2 A.M for this exam.
Joe College didn’t get into action because he spent too much time getting ready to get into action. And Joe College isn’t alone in being a victim of “over preparedness.” Joe salesman, Joe Executive, Joe Professional worker, Josephine Housewife- they all often try to build strength and get ready with office chats, coffee breaks, sharpening pencil, reading, personal business, getting the desk cleared off, TV, and dozens of other little devices.”~David J. Schwartz.
But there’s a way to break this habit. Tell yourself, “I’m in condition right now to begin. I can’t gain a thing by putting it off. I’ll use the ‘get ready’ time and energy to get going instead.”
“What we want more than anything else in our business,” an executive in a machine tool company said in an address to a group of sales executive, “is more people who get sound ideas and then push them through. There’s not one job in our production and marketing setup that can’t be done better, a lot better.
I don’t want to infer that we are not doing a good job now. We are. But like all progressive companies, we need new products, new markets, new more efficient ways of doing things. We depend on people with initiative. They’re the ball carries on our team.”
Initiative is a special kind of action. It’s doing something worthwhile without being told to do it. People like Joe lack initiative. There are a lot of them across the world. They have good intentions, but they lack the inner tenacity to make the intention happen. People like that must be told to do something before they do it. They are like wheelbarrow, if you don’t push them, they can never act.
Over preparation is an assassinator of great visions and uncommon ideas. Once you allow the virus of over preparation to gain access into your life, you will keep postponing the day you will act on your ideas or projects.
I remember when the idea to write Twelve Pillars of Financial Success popped up on my mind. I kept preparing without actually writing the book. I kept changing the day I would start writing. Sometimes I would wake up and feel like writing, but I would convince myself that I did not have enough materials yet.
One faithful day, I woke up and said to myself, enough is enough! Why am I delaying this book? I said with anger, “I am no longer going to postpone the day I would start writing this book. Today is that day.” I bought an exercise book (then I used to write with pen and paper), wrote the title of the book and divided it into chapters.
The moment I did that, it seemed as if a heavy load was removed from my shoulders, and I kept writing for weeks and months until the book was ready. In fact, because of that positive anger, I wrote the book on three 60 leaves exercise books. That’s why the book contains 350 pages. That book (Twelve Pillars of Financial Success) is transforming lives worldwide today. God has used the book to turn complete failures into world changers.
That incident taught me a serious lesson. I learned that preparations can go on for ages if you refuse to start. That was why when I received the idea to write The Pursuit of Excellence while driving, I didn’t wait to prepare all the materials before I started writing the book. I pulled over into a filling station, and started writing the book. If I didn’t do that, the idea would have died.
Dear friend, don’t get ready forever. Kindly step out and take positive action towards that idea or project while getting ready. Preparation is good, but the most important aspect of any idea or project is taking action towards them.
The cemetery remains the wealthiest spot on earth because millions of people allowed over preparation to kill their inventions, books, clothing lines, factories, businesses, schools and other life changing ideas and talents God buried in them. Don’t allow yours to die with you also.
Kindly make your life count before you die. This is the right time to start. Build that house, establish that business idea, propose to that lady, accept that proposal, make that international call, visit that potential business partner, manufacture that product, offer that service, open that savings account, just do it!
Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels said, “Success seems to be connected to action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” T. Boone Pickens opined, “Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader. Don’t fall victim to what I call the ready-aim-aim-aim-aim syndrome. You must be willing to fire.” George Clemmanceau puts it this way, “A man who has to be convinced to act before he acts is not a man of action. You must act as you breathe.” Wisdom is profitable to direct!
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