Perhaps the greatest conflict of interest in most people’s lives…the Great Wall of China from a performance standpoint…lies in the gap between intentions and results.
Good intentions like getting in shape, writing the book or even unpacking the boxes from your last move are simply meaningless without action.
I can state the following with the certainty of a man holding four aces…
If good intentions were of any value…other than to bring a false sense of comfort to the delusional….well, everybody would be skinny, happy and rich.
On a global scale, there is a chronic disconnect between intentions and results, as the goals that companies and individuals set for themselves often bare little resemblance to the results that they actually achieve.
SCRATCH AND SNIFF
To put that idea through the scratch and sniff test, I’d like you to consider the goals you set at the beginning of the year.
Is there a gap between what you intended to do…and what you actually accomplished?
How large or small is that gap?
For far too many…you could literally drive a truck through that performance gap.
Now that that’s out of the way…allow me to explain the critical difference between intentions and results.
The fact is…
Intentions have never once put food on your table, or clothes on your back.
Intentions have never put muscle on your body, nor helped you to run a marathon.
Intentions have never paid down a single penny of your debt, nor will they pay for your car, mortgage, or boat.
Intentions have never coached your son’s little league team, nor took your family on a cruise or vacation.
And, intentions have never once helped you to learn a new language, play the guitar, paint the house, mow your lawn, nor build a successful business.
While good intentions appear to be honorable…they are actually quite deceptive as too many people think intentions are the same as results.
They’re not, and should you happen to fall into that camp…by all means, be sure to say hello to the Tooth Fairy for me.
You have one and only one shot at this thing called life, and to make the most of it, you must stop talking about all the things you intend to do…and actively start doing them.
We do not get paid for intentions or wishful thinking…we’re on the payroll to deliver results. The ability to do so consistently, honorably and with relative speed is the key skill that allows you to make your dreams come true.
Read this next line slowly…
Your results serve as judge, jury and executioner of your performance.
This truth applies exactly the same way to a sales person’s ability to meet or exceed quota, to a student’s ability to maintain good grades in school, to a Coach’s ability to build a winning record, as well as to a parent’s ability to raise strong, healthy, self-confident children.
There is absolutely NO EXCEPTION to this rule…and the sooner you accept that reality, the sooner you start making big things happen in your life and career.
In the end, your performance as a husband, wife, entrepreneur or employee will be judged by your results and in the manner in which those results were generated.
Gary Ryan Blair
P.S. The difference between who you are and who you want to be…is dependent upon what you do and how well you do it.
To quickly close any performance gap and to CRUSH YOUR SECOND QUARTER GOALS…be sure to participate in the 100 Day Challenge and learn how to become a lean, mean results-oriented machine.