Finally – Tomorrow is Here!

by Onyeka Nchege on April 19, 2016

An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention ~ Dr. Steve Maraboli

Progress Bar Loading with the text: TomorrowAs many of you read this, you already have made intended plans to carry out in your tomorrow. You intend to wear certain clothes, or put some time in on that big project, or reach out to someone that you haven’t talked to in a while. When most of us hear, or think of, the word ‘tomorrow’, we delve into planning our intentions. It is usually not until we get to the end of that day of tomorrow that we realize the many intended plans we did not fulfill. So again we think about tomorrow and we start making intended plans, hoping again that we will fulfill them this time.

Three months ago, I said I’ll start working on my next blog post tomorrow. As you can see, there were many tomorrows between when I said that and today. You are reading this blog post today, because I finally stopped making intentional plans for tomorrow and I started acting before tomorrow came.

It is a simple theory many of us have heard time and time again; good intentions will lead you nowhere, but committed actions will take you everywhere. For the past three months, I have been intending to start working on my next blog post, but for the past day I have committed to writing my next blog post.

I know one question that is on the minds of those who regularly read my posts; how can someone who touts the habits of effective leadership fall into the bad habits of ineffectiveness? In short, the answer to that question is I too, am human. With true analysis of myself, I can say that I allowed the excuses of life to dictate my actions, or rather the lack of my actions. Every day, I told myself that tomorrow I would start my next blog post, and at the end of every day I pacified myself with excuses as to why I didn’t make the time to sit down and write it.

And I know the next question that is on the minds of those who are reading this now; so what changed? In short, the answer to that question is my actions changed. Like magicians say at the finale of a great trick, “TA-DA!”

– A specific amount of time needs to be allotted up front before starting anything; 10, 20 or even 30 minutes of initial time invested can manifest into the actual hour or two that is needed to complete the task.


– When someone else holds you accountable to something, whether it is for your own benefit or theirs, it assigns a needed level of importance to the task. Set parameters on when you are going to complete your task and then ask someone to hold you accountable to them.


– Dedicating your time and/or resources to something immediately makes it a priority to you. Asking yourself why a project is important to you and what value will be gained can assist you in putting forth the effort necessary to finish what you start.

Activity Action
– Planning is nothing without execution. Once you plan to take action, you must move forward and actually do the thing you set out to do. Thomas Edison said it best, “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”

When I allotted a specific amount of time for writing my next blog post, I asked someone to keep me accountable on delivering it by a specific day; I dedicated a period in my day when I knew I would have the least amount of distractions to work on it; I performed the actual activity of writing it, and then TA-DA…I had my next blog post.

Take action: The next time you find yourself behind schedule, procrastinating, or just avoiding a task that seems daunting, remember that a little TA-DA goes a long way!

Leadership on the GO…..Its O.N!

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A recent finalist for the 2017 ORBIE CIO of the Year award, Onyeka brings more than 20 years of experience leading teams, developing strategies and building technology solutions. He has also led the creation and integration of technology solutions for a network of retail store franchises and distributors across North and Central America. Onyeka contributes to CIO Review magazine and shares his insights and experience with peers and colleagues via his own blog, Before joining Interstate Batteries in 2015, Onyeka led teams at Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, where he modernized technology practices and powered business processes for daily, on-the-street use. He is a graduate of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and currently serves on the EVANTA Dallas CIO Governing Body. If Onyeka were not at Interstate, he’d find another way to combine his three biggest passions: his faith, helping others, and, of course, information technology. Because ultimately, as he puts it, “we can’t help everyone, but everyone can always help someone.”

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avatar Chermaine Forte April 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Words could not have been more timely. Thanks for sharing! Effective leadership at work! Now it’s time for me to act.


avatar Onyeka Nchege April 20, 2016 at 8:43 pm

Thanks Chermaine. It’s time for all of us to act. There is always some area in our lives that needs us to act.


avatar Siku Embry April 20, 2016 at 8:50 am

Excellent words to live by. Often times we think we are so busy with life that we fail to get the important things completed. There is only a certain amount of time in a day. No more, no less. But if a little magic is added in the form of TA-DA. Imagine what all could be done in a day that is efficient and effective.



avatar Onyeka Nchege April 20, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Well said Mr. Embry! Wise words. Thanks for sharing.


avatar Atiba Torrence April 22, 2016 at 4:53 pm

Amazing! True leadership has the ability to lead by example and propell others forward regardless of whether they feel it is success or failure. The time that occured from the last post to this one is what made this post most effective, relateable, and genuine. Thank you!


avatar Onyeka Nchege April 22, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Mr. Atiba, wow….thanks for checking out the post and your comments. Well said sir!! Thank You!!


avatar Josh Caruso May 5, 2016 at 11:17 am

Hi Onyeka,

So I’ve been reading some of your blog posts and this stuck out to me. It got me thinking about the part you talk about dedication. I wonder how you as a C level executive decide on what to dedicate your time to? I look at this from an entrepreneurial perspective. Most entrepreneurs don’t know if spending all the time and energy in an activity will pay off when starting a business. But arguably it takes the most time and energy at the beginning when you are the most uncertain about the results. I imagine it’s the same for C level executives. How do you prioritize your personal and professional activities? How do you avoid inaction from fear of not knowing the results you’ll get? I wonder if being so successful you have killed/suppressed any fears simply by being in a role that requires action even in great uncertainty.

Let me know if it’s worth your time to talk for a bit on this as I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Josh Caruso


avatar Onyeka Nchege May 6, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Josh interesting questions you pose. Should make for a great discussion. I will share my thoughts as a blog post on Fear and Failure and its place or lack thereof in our life journey.

Thanks for reading the post and sharing your thinking.


avatar Josh Caruso May 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Thanks for the reply Onyeka. I look forward to reading your post on this topic. I think it’s a big one for most people. Have a great week.



avatar Onyeka Nchege May 11, 2016 at 5:01 pm

You are welcome. Thanks Josh. Will advise when it’s done.


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