The simplest way to differentiate winners from losers is by comparing results. Winners are characterised by exceptional results. Losers or failures accomplish average or poor results.
Results, whether excellent, average or poor, depend on several factors. While we cannot but acknowledge that factors exist that affect us as humans, we determine most of what we achieve. Each one of us is the master of their own fate.
Our results are almost always proportional to our inputs. You reap what you sow. If you prefer the logical approach, Newton’s third law of motion captures it perfectly. Action and reaction are equal and opposite.
Of course, we cannot rule out the effect of sheer luck or acts of God. Heck! We cannot underestimate the impact of other people’s actions on our results. These three factors also count, to a good extent, towards our results.
That said, our actions and inactions greatly determine our results. Even those who get lucky or are affected by acts of God/men still have the power to influence their end results. Every day, we see proof that we can change our life by conscious effort.
If you’re reading this, it’s safe to say you desire exceptional results. And the good news is that you can achieve excellent outcomes by taking certain steps. I share three of those steps below.
Now, a company can use these proven, practical steps to attain outstanding results. And so can a parent, professional or group of people. The principle is sound; it’s all about adjusting the practices based on your unique context.
Let’s get into it.
Do less: Concentrate your attention
This is the principle of focus, perhaps the single most important factor of success. Set two to three goals and you’ll probably attain all three well. Once you set more than three goals, the chances of exceptional results drop drastically.Your time is an asset, and you can’t do everything at once. Identify the tasks that lead to significant tangible products―results. Then focus on these tasks one at a time. Click To Tweet
Doing too many things at once means you can barely maintain focus on any one thing. This result in little or no productivity. By doing less, you can focus on a few things and achieve tangible, commendable results. Less is more.
Your time is an asset, and you can’t do everything at once. Identify the tasks that lead to significant tangible products―results. Then focus on these tasks one at a time. I’m going to emphasise the last part so you don’t forget.
One task at a time.
Besides, empirical evidence shows that multitasking diminishes productivity. When you shift from one task to another, it takes a small amount of time to refocus on each task. When summed up, the cumulative time lost while multitasking is substantial.
Do it right now: Later becomes never
The moment you identify what is essential, waste no time in doing it. Move with purpose and fast. Procrastination stops you from getting anything done. And you’re probably aware that delays are dangerous.The present is always the best time to act. Click To Tweet
Maintain a predisposition towards action. No better way to become great at something than by doing it. Act instantly and you will get those insights and inspiration that you could only experience by doing.
The present is always the best time to act.
Plans and strategies don’t move the needle; action does. Exceptional results are the rewards of those who act with purpose and on time. The world rewards the doers—protagonists who grab the bull by the horns. That’s not all.
Do it the right way: Refine the process
It’s not enough to just act. And acting fast isn’t an excuse to act without reason. You must get to work with the intent to discover and use the most efficient process.Keep refining the process to maximise your prompt, deliberate actions. Click To Tweet
Yes, roll up your sleeves and get to it until you do it right. Essentially, you have to keep looking for the best process that maximises your inputs even as you act. And this process has to be right as well. There’s more.
Keep refining the process to maximise your prompt, deliberate actions.
Don’t go for seemingly effective methods that jeopardise the ultimate results. Avoid unethical processes even if they deliver incredibly high outcomes. They’re not sustainable in the long run and the risk outweighs the reward.
You don’t have to rely on luck or the actions of others to attain excellent outcomes. That approach is neither reliable nor sustainable. You can’t predict it.
But you can guarantee exceptional results if you do those few high-yielding tasks instantly and in the right way.
It’s in you. You can do it.