The Real Definition of Insanity | Great Idea Without Execution

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A great idea without execution is the definition of insanity. (Tweet That)

A great idea without execution is the definition of insanity.

Don’t be insane like that. Be insane like Sugar Ray Leonard.

Be insane in your commitment to execution.

Be insanely committed to making things happen.

When you read something here or elsewhere, digest it, think about it, and apply it. Apply it within 72 hours.

Stop thinking about it and do it.

Now.

Question: What’s something you’ve been studying, thinking about, and waiting for the right time? Will you start it right away? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Let’s Grow Leaders

    I take “you’re a maniac” as compliment 😉

  • Procrastination is not a problem for me, and I love love love the feeling of a finished project! It takes discernment to know when enough is enough and set the boundaries to NOT begin anything new.

    However, it seems that there is a huge lack of motivation or willingness to begin a project on the part of other people in my life. Inertia is a difficult thing to overcome. I’d love to read your thoughts about that – what you think causes it, how to overcome it in oneself, and how to help others overcome it.

  • A book is on my list.

    More recently, I like the idea of the 90 Day Thank You Revolution Challenge. I think I’ll send you something more detailed about this as I get an opportunity in the next week or so.

    • I just finished my first eBook. It was a LOT of work, but a very fun process as well!

      • I can’t wait to read it!

      • Congrats! I’d love to read it, and I’d love to learn more from you about the process of creating it.

        • Thanks Jon. It will be released in 2-3 weeks! I’m excited to hear what you think of it.

          Also, if I can be of assistance in sharing the process I used, please feel free to email me and I’d be happy to share what I did!

  • Kirbie Earley

    Look no further – you have met the Queen of Procrastination! Right here, in the flesh! I’m a great “starter” and a so-so “finisher”. I would call myself a recovering “starter”. I have made it a goal in 2014 to FINISH things, personally and professionally. I want to do an eBook, I want to get some courses posted online, I want to feel like my Web site is done (finally). I have crafty projects at home and tons of inherited fabrics from my Mother. My commitment to me is to focus on these items and try my darndest not to start anything new – the exception there would be business-wise. I can’t really be so inflexible there, but when it comes to the crafty stuff – nothing new.

    I think there are two kinds of people – those like me – who get a charge out of the challenge of starting something new and those like the me I want to be who get a charge out of the completion. When I DO complete something, I feel that charge and I’m looking to feel really charged in 2014!

    Great post, as usual. Thanks!

    • Why not start right now?

      • Kirbie Earley

        I actually have started already, both at home and professionally. The best way to describe it is that I haven’t put my foot down hard on the gas. I am making some gifts for Christmas and those are from the scrap heap of fabrics and qualify as the first and most important projects to finish. Professionally, I am trying to find more time in my days to spend on it.

        The reason January 1 is the “start” date is that I am shifting my work hours to 30 a week versus 40 and will be working strictly from home. I will have more time to focus both on my own business and my personal hobbies. Between now and then I have 2 3-tier cakes to make, about 20 dozen cookies to bake, 21 gingerbread houses to bake and assemble and Christmas dinner to prepare. I’m a tad busy (not that it’s an excuse, just the reality of the next 5 weeks).

        • Then you HAVE started. Don’t diminish that. Don’t look forward to Jan. 1 either. You are already in it.

          Think of almost any company that started in the same manner. I encourage you to start making declarations *today* that you are whatever it is you say you’re going to be more of on Jan. 1.

          Say it loud as often as you want:

          I am _____

          • Kirbie Earley

            I am busier than a one-armed paper hanger but determined to be sucesssful! :)

            I think my mistake, since you’re making me look at it (thank you, by the way) is that I’m keeping my expectations low for now – but you are correct. Aim for the stars!

            Okay okay – I am DOING IT!
            (Thanks Matt!)

  • I love that definition! This is certainly applicable in my life! What have I been wanting to do but haven’t? I feel like recently I’ve actually started several things I had been waiting a long time to do…but one more is spending one on one time with my wife, as well as my daughter. We do things alltogether as a family. But I don’t get much time with just my wife or with just my daughter.

  • I’ve been studying affiliate marketing for some time but have been afraid to jump in full force. I need to begin applying some of that knowledge, even if it’s just a small website to test some products.

    • It’s a shame I don’t know any experts in affiliate marketing Joe :)

      Seriously, if you ever need help, let me know.

      • Will do Matt. I struggle with asking for help at times. I don’t want to wear out any goodwill that’s been built up.

  • My Resume Tune Up workbook has taken way longer to blog through than I expected. Need to get on the stick!

    • Get on it Tom! I’m rooting for you. If I can help in any way, let me know.

  • I’ve been working on a book, but have failed to execute for months. I’ve finally given myself a deadline and am putting together a small team. Should be a reality by Christmas.

    • That is awesome Joshua. I’ve started a book as well. A fiction one, believe it or not. I was thinking this morning that I should go public with it and give myself a deadline. I’m thinking I may even open up pre-orders once I get closer just to push myself.

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