Q&A 24: The Gap Between Planning and Doing

Aug 18, 2015

In today’s episode we’re addressing a listener challenge that, to me, points to the gap between planning and doing. Maybe you recognize this pattern: you establish a plan. You set goals. You draft a menu for the week. You pre-determine how many workouts you’ll get in. You stock up on healthy groceries. You don’t execute. The groceries go to waste. You don’t make it to the gym. You bring home takeout after working late. The next week, you go back to the same process. You refine your plan. You make it more specific. You spend more time on the plan than on the execution of the plan.

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Listener challenge: I want to lose weight. I need to lose weight. I know what I need to change and what I need to improve. I feel like I’m always setting out to start, getting all prepared and then never making the leap to execute the changes. Can you help? What is wrong with me? Can you help me get motivated?

Response Highlights

Identify the excuses you make for inaction.

Your inner beliefs trigger failure before it happens ~ Marshall Goldsmith

Don’t let your excuses justify inaction

Sacrificing the future on the altar of today ~ Peter Drucker

Evaluate the gap between what you plan and what you do

Be a better executer. Don’t keep returning to the plan. The plan doesn’t get you results

Is the action I’m about to take helpful, harmful or neutral?


Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith

The ONE Thing by Gary Keller

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