Your choices determine your outcome. Failing to plan truly does mean you are planing to fail. The best set of circumstances can be presented to you, but it is your choice to respond to them positively or negatively. As a true CEO there are a few things that I hold true.
Its 2:30 AM as I write this article. Some question when I sleep. I often quote a Robert Frost poem line “Promises to Keep and Miles to go before I sleep”. It is a mantra that I hold to be true as a CEO.
The luxury of rest is truly a blessing. As a CEO, you will have many a sleepless night. In some instances, its because you can not rest on your laurels. In most cases, past successes can not pay today’s bills. A CEO that must eat what they kill stays awake at night planning the next opportunity for excellence of execution.
More Doing Less Talking
As a true CEO, you don’t talk much. Presidents talk. Presidents are an example of the face of the organization. The CEO is the visionary whose scope is more focused on mapping out ambitious plans. The reality is, if your plans are not ambitions you need to go back to the drawing board because your wasting time.
Some whom profess to be in charge, do so by talking about what they would do if given the change to be CEO. I personally don’t know any CEO whom was given the opportunity. Every CEO I know seized the moment. The opportunity in whatever format presented itself and the CEO grabbed hold and pushed forward. The CEO didn’t just talk about it, they did it.
Failure is Not and Option
I know I’ve made far more mistakes than I’ve made proper choices. I’ve failed many times at many things. But perseverance is truly a testament to the CEO in me. I often consider the baseball axiom. If I operate at a hall of fame level in baseball as a batter, I would fail 60% of the time. But as you cut your losses with failures, its more focused on what you do with your success.
Some say failure is not an option to say how they will never be defeated. As a CEO, I appreciate the authenticity of someone’s challenges. Its not the success that makes you; it is your character through your struggles that makes a great CEO.
You have to believe in yourself. You have to believe in a relationship with a higher power. You must have a belief in your team. You have to believe in your plan and your ability to implement them. Without Faith, you are simply going through the motion of being a CEO.
The scripture in Hebrews 11:1 states “Now Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” As a CEO, you are planning and operating in a Faith walk. You write the vision and make it plan. As a CEO, you seek out the resources opportunities and assets to implement the vision. The key element in this process is your faith and faithfulness to the plan during your faith walk.
I get reamed by my mentor all the time for my mistakes. I strive to learn from the lessons as he teaches me. I don’t expect to do exactly as he has done. But I do know, the easiest way to get to where you want to go is to follow in the path of those whom have gone there already.
As I reflect on the Book Jesus CEO, I’m thankful for the examples outlined in the book defining visionary leadership strategies. As a CEO, I pride myself on making choice. Coming up with a plan to address issues. I’m blessed with examples, in life, books and scriptures whom also have had challenges. i love learning as I grow and am thankful for every opportunity to do so.