Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Do You Have Reasons or Results?

“People who take responsibility for all they create are able to quickly sort truth from fiction in their lives, and in the communication they're receiving from those around them, by using the simple litmus test of “based on results.” Wishing and hoping, reasons and excuses will never tell you the truth. If you say you intend to have a happy marriage, have you got one? If you say you want to earn a degree from a good university, have you done it? If you say you want ten million dollars, do you have it? If you don't have what you say you want, then how come?

You've either got the results you say you want, or you have reasons to explain why not. Developing a rigorous and honest relationship with results moves you powerfully toward creating your extraordinary life.”

from “Living an Extraordinary Life”
by Robert White

Wow! That guy can really communicate! You can bust my ego and bring me back to humility by commenting below.

With love and respect,



Arturo J. Bencosme said...

That is about real humility. It is akin to "You will know when you have a clear intention if the result obtained actually confirms it..."

Jim said...

If we look at how we express ourselves when we talk about 'results,' we find, or I often find, that we talk in terms of processes, of means, rather than the results themselves. If means only have importance and context when regarded as means to an end, we're more comfortable talking about means than the ends. We'd rather talk about what we do v. what we do it for. There's less accountability in that conversation.

The purpose, the ends, the results (and not just any results but the intended results) are the only things that give 'means' meaning.

Robert White said...

Jim--I've also heard this expressed as activity vs. results. Yes, activity can lead to results however don't confuse the two. Thanks to you and to Arturo for the thoughtful responses!