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Implementation and accountability….

In preparation for my presentation on business planning to a group of business owners I jotted a few notes to share on this topic. No, they are not all original thoughts but I felt that it was worthwhile for all of us to review them.

  • To achieve a goal you have never achieved before, you must start doing things you have never done before.
  • The real enemy of implementation is your day job. The amount of time that it takes to keep your day to day operations going is one thing that makes it hard to execute anything new.
  • Successful implementation also requires overcoming the inertia of “the way it’s always been done”. The challenge is the implementation of your goal strategy in the midst of your daily “survival” work.


  • It’s not enough to be busy; the question is, “What are we busy about?” Knocking out a hundred tasks is a poor substitute for dong even one task that’s meaningful.


  • Avoid “to-do-lists”. In many cases these lists are nothing more than trivial , unimportant stuff that we may feel obligated to get done because it’s on our list. Instead of a to-do list create a success list – a list that is purposely created to take you closer to your goal.


  • I am sure that you have heard of the 80/20 principle – the majority of what you want will come from the minority of what you do.


  • Multi-tasking has become a very popular term in our vocabulary. A definition I heard   for multi-tasking is “merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time”. I don’t believe that it is possible to focus on two things at a time. If doing the most important thing is the most important thing, why would you try to do anything else at the same time.


I summed up my presentation with the following statement:


No one that has achieved great success has ever done it alone!

Don’t be alone in your business; Strategic Duck is here to help.


Nick J. Petra CFP


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