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7 Keys To Getting Things Done (Part 2 of 2)

As we continue with our article on the 7 Keys To Getting Things Done; it is important that you first read Part 1 of 2. In the first article...

As we continue with our article on the 7 Keys To Getting Things Done; it is important that you first read Part 1 of 2. In the first article we dealt with the introduction and went on to explain the first 3 Keys, which are: 1. Start, 2. Don’t Make Excuses, 3. Celebrate Small Steps. In this Part 2 we continue with Keys 4 to 7, and conclude. 

7 Keys To Getting Things Done (Part 2 of 2)
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4. Ignore Critics: 
Everywhere you go under the sun; there are people who appreciate you and those who despise you. One of the biggest mistakes you can do is to try and please all camps. That is not possible; and is detrimental to your progress in life. Sir Winston Churchill; the former British Prime Minister and Army General; wrote: “You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life”. The presence of criticism simply proves to you that you are moving certain mountains in life. 

When criticism is being thrown at you, you have to surf through and see why it is so. Those who give you constructive criticism, give them an ear. Their words may also help you foster ahead in a more definite way. But to general critics, just ignore and move on. You could be a caterpillar bulldozing through their tents of hatred and pull-down syndrome. 

5. Be Consistent: 
Life tend to throw different formulas, depending on the times and seasons. It is important to remain focused on your assignment. Bernard Berenson, the writer of the world acclaimed book Drawings of the Florentine Painters; once said: “Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago”. Remain consistent, and ignore all the people’s atmospheric and seasonal changes. They are meant just do distract you. 

The Apostle Paul summarises his victory in 2 Timothy 4:7“I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith”. Such a bold declaration only comes from someone who has “minded his business” consistently over the years to earn such a powerful reputation. He is one man who faced many challenges along his apostleship journey. Just like the Apostle Paul, mind your business and remain consistent to earn your victory. 

6. Be Open:
Ideally, people have a tendency of faking smiles even when their houses are on fire. They are so protective of their secrets and struggles in life. And yet when one open up on their situation and predicament, they may get assistance within their inner circle. Genuine colleagues are there for such moments. 

Inspirational author, Shannon L. Alder; said: “When you lose your ego, you win. It really is that simple”. Open up to trusted people in your inner circle for you to get appropriate assistance. 

7 Keys To Getting Things Done (Part 2 of 2)

7. Stay Positive:
The last thing you need in order to get things moving is positive thinking. My second daughter Camilla was born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). The discovery was so heavy and shocking to us as her parents. We couldn’t imagine the surgical risks involved, the anxiety, the huge medical bills and all pressures that come with such a delicate condition. However, we just made a resolution to stay very positive for all the four days that our daughter survived and being attended to; on 100% oxygen support under strict medical supervision. She eventually went to be with the Lord four days after being born; but we just stayed very positive and prayerful throughout the four days. Up until today we remain positive and prayerful in honour of our beautiful angel. It a deliberate decision you have to make. 

Norman Vincent Peale, author of the iconic book: The Power Of Positive Thinking, had this to say: “Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy”. Regardless of the situation you are in; make a deliberate decision to stay positive. 

In conclusion, let me reiterate all the 7 steps needed to get things done: 

1. Start 
2. Don’t Make Excuses 
3. Celebrate Small Steps 
4. Ignore Critics 
5. Be Consistent 
6. Be Open 
7. Stay Positive 

Until next time; be determined to get your things done!