W. Clement Stone said that “Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.”
While it is 100% totally true that we are far more likely to continue moving onward and forward in the right direction, without giving up, no matter what obstacles we encounter, if we are truly “definite” about our purpose and plan, the fact is, there actually is a key component to this vital truth that most people tend to miss.
The significant gem at the very center of this powerful principle is what the entire statement so effectively pivots on. That golden nugget of truth is the foundational, root word at work within the larger term; “Definiteness.”
We are talking about the word “define.” Before you can truly be “definite” about your plans, purpose and decisions, you must first take the time to clearly “Define” the precise and exacting nature of your objectives, circumstances and possible options.
This is where many brilliantly insightful, creative and intelligent leaders tend to drop the ball and fall short of the goal. The lack of laser-like “definition,” brought into the initial planning stages of solution finding process, is what often foils even the most well conceived and implemented success strategies.
Before you allow your internal, creative muse to go to work conjuring up a game-plan intended to lead you or your team to ultimate success, be sure that you and the planning committee have clearly defined and are 100% totally in sync and on the same page when it comes to all pertinent terms, goals, intentions, objectives, and expectations, as well as all potential concerns, fears, risks and obstacles.
If you start off with a very clearly defined, specifically designated set of primary target objectives and all vital, foundational priority “intel” has already been fully fleshed out and completely understood before any of the initial problem solving / decision making process begins, you’ll have a much higher chance of achieving immediate success and satisfaction, because all of the variables will have been clearly defined and thoroughly comprehended … long before the operation ever began.
Those who fail to “define” their plans – “definitely” plan to fail.