If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.- Jack Dixon
One thing that is hard to argue with is results; it is hard to argue with because, as they say: “you have the right to your opinion but not your own facts.” The thing about results is that it shows up as the truth, and as Winston Churchill once quipped: “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”. Your Results would cancel the Insults, and you would eventually be called to Consult. Your results are the quickest way to access where you are right now and where you want to go.
Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t. check the scoreboard.- Jayz
Result is what gets a young person like Mark Zuckerberg (creator of Facebook) multiple invitations to the white house and Capitol Hill; Result is what makes Warren Buffett pledge $37 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Result is what makes Barack Obama through his manifesto of hope (Yes we can) become the first African-American president of the United States, Result is your six-packs showing up after repeated work out in the gym, Result is graduating with fly colors after consistent study. Result: They don’t Lie.
One of my favorite verses from the Christian scripture is Proverbs 22:29, “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” Your results are a mirror of your discipline, efforts, and sacrifice in life, gym, library, body, and health. As Author & Motivational Speaker Jim Rohn often said: “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” Long term success requires paying the price through discipline, sacrifice, and effort.
“You can map out a fight plan or a life plan, but when the action starts, it may not go the way you planned, and you’re down to your reflexes – that means your [preparation:]. That’s where your roadwork shows. If you cheated on that in the dark of the morning, well, you’re going to get found out now, under the bright lights.”― Joe Frazier
We live in a world where an entrepreneur does not have a business, an author does not have a book, an artist does not have a single, a web developer does not have a website, a life coach does not have their shit together, a world where anyone can call themselves anything but the thing about results and number is that they don’t lie, like Jay-z said you just need to check the scoreboard.
“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” – Winston Churchill
In his great book, Developing the Leader Within You 2.0, Author John C Maxwell shares a great story about getting results:
“Organizations all over the world are searching for people who can produce results, because they understand the impact they can make. “
John shares a funny and insightful story about a newly hired traveling salesman named Gooch and the reaction he got from his company’s leaders when he sent his first sales report to the home office. It stunned the head of the sales department.
Gooch wrote, “I seen this outfit which they ain’t never bot a dim’s worth of nothin from us and I sole them some goods. I’m now goin to Chicawgo.”
Before the man could be given the heave-ho by the sales manager, along came this message from Chicago: “I cume hear and sole them haff a million.”
Fearful if he did—and afraid if he didn’t—fire the ignorant salesman, the sales manager dumped the problem in the president’s lap.
The following morning, the ivory-towered sales department members were amazed to see posted on the bulletin board above the two letters written by the ignorant salesman this memo from the president:
“We ben spendin two much time trying to spel instead of trying to sel. Let’s watch those sails. I want everybody should read these letters from Gooch who is on the rode doin a grate job for us and you should go out and do like he done.”
The morale of the story is that the key to getting ahead is getting results. The salesman in the above story did what he was hired to do sell even though he could not spell, the effect of his sale on the companies bottomline allowed the president to overlook this shortcoming. As Management Guru, Peter Drucker famously said “The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.”
you can have either excuses or results but you can’t have both
You are where you are presently because of the results you have been able to achieve so far. To get yourself to the next level, you need to get another level of result. One of the hallmarks of the most successful people in the world is their dedication to the process through hard work and commitment, which ultimately leads to unbridled results and success.
Conclusion: there are no shortcuts to success, it requires effort, time, discipline, resilience, and consistency, and eventually, you get the results through patience & trusting the process.
All the best in your quest to get better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.