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How I Do It.TonyJeary.SuccessMag

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Published by J A Heinlein
How I Do It: Tony Jeary - SUCCESS magazine http://bit.ly/dn6VBM

Strategic Acceleration: Succeed at the Speed of Life http://bit.ly/bkUbse

How I Do It: Tony Jeary - SUCCESS magazine http://bit.ly/dn6VBM

Strategic Acceleration: Succeed at the Speed of Life http://bit.ly/bkUbse

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How I Do It: Tony Jeary - SUCCESS magazinehttp://bit.ly/dn6VBM http://www.successmagazine.com/How-I-Do-It-Tony-Jeary/PARAMS/article/611/channel/15
 
How I Do It: Tony JearyThe Power of Clarity
Tony Jeary March 3,
2009There are three enemies of speed and results
 — 
absence of clarity, lack of focus and poorexecution, says presentation strategist Tony Jeary. In his latest book,
Strategic Acceleration:Succeed at the Speed of Life
, Jeary shows how to overcome these obstacles with the abilityto communicate vision and translate vision into action. A top coach to CEOs, Jeary shareshis insights with SUCCESS.Q: Why is establishing clarity so important to getting ahead in life and business?
When you have an authentic vision, things happen. If you have no vision, there is nothing to tieyour objectives to and nothing to measure your progress or performance. When you have clarityabout your vision, you discover yourself being pulled toward it, and all you have to do is followthe connecting opportunities that carry you along. The pulling effect of an authentic visionallows you to make connections faster. You can identify and pursue opportunities faster. Theresults you achieve will be superior, and they will come faster than you may have thoughtpossible. To find clarity, ask yourself the following: What do you really want? Why do you wantit? What is your overarching objective, the thing you desire the most, and why is it so importantto you? If you can articulate your vision, you have taken the first step toward developing clarity.
Q: What are some signs indicating a lack of clarity?
People who don’t believe they can do what they have to do.
For example, when sports teamsenter a championship game, a team that does not believe it can win will not win. In the sameway, people must believe they can execute a vision, or they will not be able to do it. When you
don’t believe you can do what you have to do, it means you don’t believe in yourself or your vision. This means you don’t have clarity about what you really want.
People who use planning to avoid action.
Preparation and planning are important, butexcessive preparation is nothing more than procrastination. It is only when you start doing whatyou need to do that you can begin to produce results. If you procrastinate, it means you arefearful of failure and may not be confident in your ability to succeed.
People who quit too easily or give up in the face of adversity.
It is always easy to quit, and toomany people prefer quitting to the discomfort they experience when the going gets tough. Thereason is simple: Adversity is painful. When you quit in the face of adversity, it means you are
 
How I Do It: Tony Jeary - SUCCESS magazinehttp://bit.ly/dn6VBM http://www.successmagazine.com/How-I-Do-It-Tony-Jeary/PARAMS/article/611/channel/15
 deficient in the mental substance it takes to persevere and overcome. Clarity is the missingingredient.
Q: How can people learn to become more focused?
Focus is not something that comes naturally for most people. It’s a skill that must be learned,
polished and practiced. Focus is a thinking skill acquired as a result of mental discipline. Todevelop mental discipline concerning focus, you need to treat it the same way you would acquireany other skill. Since distraction is the opposite of focus, your ability to focus is directly related
to how well you’re able to consistently avoid and eliminate distractions. Become aware of your 
need to improve your focus, and make a conscious decision to invest the time to improve yourskills with practice and training. Become acutely aware of distractions and avoid them. Be moreintimately aware of the activities
 —tied to your life’s vision— 
for which you need to allocatemost of your time and effort. Your ability to achieve objectives within established time frameswill greatly increase as your skills of focus increase. And with fewer distractions, you will beable to get more done because you will have achieved more effective use of your time.
Q: Say my vision is established and my focus is steadily improving, what’s the next step to
accelerate toward achieving my vision?
Clarity and focus together form the basis of execution. Though all three are important, the mostsignificant is execution because execution is about doing. Clarity and focus provide a road mapand form the basis for doing what you need to do, but execution is about actually doing it, andthis is where you will spend the bulk of your time.
Regardless of your role or vision, you then need others’ assistance and cooperation to besuccessful, and your ability to persuade has a lot to do with others’ willingness not only to assist
you, but also to exceed expectations. When you can persuade others to exceed expectations, youtake execution to a higher level and really move the results needle. The most successful peoplecan effectively convince and persuade other people to take action on their behalf. They do it byknowing what they want to say and how they want to say it. Then they can say it in a way thatimpacts others and spurs them to take action.
Q: What’s the greatest obstacle people face in turning their vision into reality?
One habit that has more impact on delaying results than anything else is procrastination. We areall guilty of procrastination to some extent. There are two kinds:
 
Positive procrastination
 — 
This is when you legitimately need some mental percolationtime to gather your thoughts and get clear on what you need to do.
 
Negative procrastination
 — 
This is based on some pretty fl imsy excuses to avoid doingsomething, which will ultimately affect your results in negative ways.Procrastination is a bad habit that greatly restricts results and effectiveness, but it can becontrolled. The first step is to identify the reasons behind it, then make the commitment to movetoward production, the opposite of procrastination. Production is the completion of tasks and

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