“Find the price you must pay to achieve success and resolve to pay that price.” is good advice until you need to execute against that plan. Then you’re up a creek without a paddle.
Try these five steps instead:
Define the Goal.
Gather the Requirements.
Design the Most Effective Solution.
Break into Tasks.
Test and Deploy.
And if we’re going to be nit-picky about this list, we could even replace ‘Design the Most Effective Solution’ with ‘Design a solution you think will be highly effective’, but it doesn’t sound as sexy. Whether or not it really is will be worked out in the ‘Test and Deploy’ step.
Was I the mastermind who though these five steps up? Nope, unfortunately not. These steps have been used in the software development industry for years.
Was I the mastermind who started using this technique and applying it to everyday tasks? No again. I couldn’t tell you who started it. I literally don’t know that. I do know that it was taught to me by Walter O’Brien. Remember the television show Scorpion? Yep, that Walter O’Brien.
Is this technique widespread? No again, but this time we have the power to change that, and you’re on the cutting edge of this wave. You’re welcome. 😉 [And I do say that with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek.]
All in all, it’s a good time to get moving. Best of luck to you,