Performance Improvement & Professional Development

Close the Gap Between Effort and Results

GapThere’s probably a gap – actually a huge chasm – between what you say you want and what you actually do to get what you say you want. Why? Because you’re confusing intention or effort with results.

The reality, however, is we aren’t paid for effort; we’re paid for results. Don’t buy into the collective mindset that as long as you’re trying hard you should be respected, or worse, rewarded. The real world doesn’t work that way. Look no further than Washington to see the “effort” mindset on display at every turn. Programs are failing right and left but, “we’re trying real hard.” Schools are cancelling achievement dinners because non-achievers’ feelings will be hurt; after all – they’re “trying real hard.”

Stop it!

Success and achievement are about doing, not about dreaming. Here’s a challenge for you: Pick a task or project you need to FINISH in order to improve your personal or professional well-being. Carve out time on your calendar to finish that task or project TODAY. If it can’t be completed today, at least carve out time to FINISH a piece of it TODAY.

You get the picture, right? Wishing, hoping or wanting something to happen isn’t a strategy for success. Finishing worthwhile projects is what closes the gap between succeeding and hoping to succeed – between effort and results.

About the Author

Les Taylor is the founder and managing partner of Outperformers International. He is an award-winning author, professional speaker and recognized expert in the field of performance improvement and professional development. Les is a former law enforcement executive, served as the executive director of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is a past president of the Arizona Chapter of the National Speakers Association.

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