Have you ever wondered how some people consistently deliver no matter what it is they do?
It’s like everything they touch turns to gold. It seems so easy for them like they don’t even have to try. They just show up, perform and excel.
It’s easy to start coming up with excuses. They must have a private education. His parents must have money. She just has the right connections.
But when you pull back the curtain, you might notice something that sets them apart from the rest. They front-load the work.
The accomplishments you witness come from hours or even years of preparation, research and practice.
When you front-load the work, you have a better chance of succeeding. By taking on every task, challenge or goal with the same commitment and determination to develop a habit of excellence.
Why it’s difficult to execute
Execution by far is the most difficult part of achieving anything. It’s easy to dream, talk to friends or begin making a plan. However, executing the necessary steps into action requires persistence.
But there are a lot of factors playing against us that make it difficult to execute.
If you don’t have the right knowledge, you won’t know where to start. When you don’t have the tools, it’s difficult to begin. Or if you don’t have the network or team, you might not be able to do it on your own.
However, like a contractor building a house – no matter the team, tools or knowledge, without the right plan set into action your never going to build the house.
Therein lies the importance of doing the front-load work. Although most of us won’t build our own homes, we have other goals that require our persistence action.
Overcoming the inability to execute caused by outside factors and taking back what you do have control over. And that’s you.
Front-load the work
I’m sure by now you’ve heard the saying; “A scout is always prepared.”
So are those that perform exceptionally well in their field. Even when you don’t know what to expect, preparation will produce a better success rate.
The difference is clear. When you see someone who takes the time to front-load the work and the other who is acting on a whim.
In most cases;
- The student, who’s completed their homework, does better on the test.
- The saleswomen who’s done her research knows her clients needs better then they do.
- The CEO who has taken the time to get to know his employees will understand how better to manage them.
It may be fun to wing it. I know I used to thrive on doing class presentations with the least amount of practice. Or take a test without studying thoroughly.
I took it on as a challenge, to see how I could do without putting in the effort.
Although I managed to get by this way for many years, in reality, I could have done much better. Putting the time to front-load the work.
Now, when faced with an upcoming sales meeting, I spend hours researching my client to determine their needs. Allowing me to refer to their products, identify problems and provide specific solutions.
When giving a presentation, I practice, make sure I understand my material thoroughly and attempt to deliver with excellence each and every time – no matter the size of the audience.
Nothing, is more satisfying than having the answer to a question before it’s asked. Being able to motivate a student into action or see an audience member eyes light up when they relate to a personal experience.
But that can only be achieved by putting the time to front-load the work. With preparation, practice, and research you can execute with excellence.
Executing with excellence
“How you do anything is how you do everything.” – T. Harv Eker
When you begin to deliver your best efforts in everything you do, the quality of your output will skyrocket. Start executing even the smallest of tasks with excellence, and it will translate to the more significant challenges you face.
However, when you evaluate every task, as worth your time or effort, you’ll most likely default to the least effort required.
Why waste your time in debate. Rather than toe the line between what’s worth your effort – decide to say Hell Yeah! or No.
It’s easier; to apply yourself to everything you do rather than just justify what’s worth your time. If you’re not willing to execute with excellence, then avoid doing it at all.
I understand in the work environment; it’s difficult to avoid tasks you dislike. But instead of suffering from distain and lack of effort, front-load the work to make it as easy ad enjoyable as possible.
Even something as menial as writing your expense reports. Put on some music, treat yourself to a good coffee or tea and make the experience more pleasurable.
Take ownership of what you do, and it will feel empowering. Operating with the same level of commitment, integrity and determination to deliver on everything you execute, is a trait to be respected.
Where to go from here
By now we know the difficulties that come along with taking action. Executing the necessary steps to accomplish a goal, consistently – takes effort.
More importantly, when that effort is applied to front-load the work, the chances of success increase exponentially.
Across management, sales, accountants, tradesmen – no matter your job or business putting the time in to prepare, research and practice will set you above the rest.
And those who are truly committed to developing their skills will take the time to front-load the work. Executing with excellence means doing everything with the same pledge.
A guarantee to apply your best effort in everything you do.
Last week we discussed, taking ownership of your work. Part of taking charge of your own success is using the time to front-load the work.
That said pick an upcoming presentation, report or meeting. Take the time to prepare. Do the necessary research to be the most informed person there. Practice if you can.
Investing your time to front-load the work will pay dividends in the future. It may not be during this presentation, report or meeting. But developing a habit of excellence in everything you do will get you noticed.
Even if you do fail, you won’t lose because it will provide an opportunity to do better the next time. It’s inevitable that applying consistent effort upfront will help you excel when the time comes.
Because the battle is won or lost before it even begins – show up prepared.