When people set up goals and fail to achieve them, there remains a known gap between what the strategy says should be done and what actually gets done. This is known as the execution gap and represents a scenario that is often caused by some very typical shortcomings.

On the personal front, these shortcomings stop you from achieving your individual goals while in the business world, the same can happen as a result of leadership flaws. Collectively, both scenarios present a want of clarity as well as action and fail when there are no metrics to measure success.

But in order for execution to be successful certain fundamental elements – as mentioned previously – need to be in place. While some you pursue diligently, others you need to avoid doing as they only widen the execution gap instead of bridging it. But when this doesn’t happen then you need to stop doing the following to bridge the execution gap.