AUDIO: 3 Unavoidable Outcomes That Hinge Your Success
Outcomes are inevitable, even when we don’t like them. Every day we’re creating momentum whose spin is unpredictable, for the most part, like ripples across the water from a concussive force.
These 3 outcomes always seem to surprise the unprepared leader. But, if you want to get results that stick, results that give you traction toward your clear definition of success, you must factor in these 3 unavoidable outcomes which will swing your door to success either open or closed.
The Impact on Others
We built the snow fort to withstand attack from our fiercest opponents – our cousins. What we failed to consider was the proximity of our fort to the window. We were safe behind the fort, but not safe from our mother when the window was shattered. The potential for collateral damage is always embedded in every decision.
Outcomes are only predictable and become positive results when they’re driven by core values and core vision baked into the process. Accidental outcomes that have an unintentional impact on others is evidence of poor process. Whatever you do, whatever choices you make, you will have an impact on others. That’s the first important outcome.
The Impact on Momentum
A good design takes into account every possibility for drag and resistance. Dictating a good “outcome” might sound great but outcomes get truly defined by the existence or lack of momentum in the process.
If you’ve been part of any team, you’ve experienced times when people sprawled themselves, figuratively, out on the floor refusing to be dragged to the finish line; when you thought you were sailing toward the goal and realized there were people rowing as hard as they could in the opposite direction.
The outcome of some decisions or actions can be so counterproductive toward the stated mission that clarity and purpose are sabotaged beyond repair before you’re even aware of it. If a short-term outcome has a negative impact on momentum, you’re headed for breakdown, not breakthrough. Your actions and decisions will have an impact on your momentum.
The Impact on the Future
Maybe you’ve figured it out by now, outcomes themselves have outcomes. The desire for short term outcomes can become so strong they derail future outcomes. Some of which were the intentional result of diligent planning.
Your definition of success requires you to define incremental results that will lead to that success. Unfortunately, it’s also true that without a clear guiding process to achieve it, that definition of success can and will be undermined by sweet sounding, tempting little outcomes which would otherwise seem harmless.
If your short term desire gets in the way of long term trust, relationships or integrity, that beautiful short-term outcome will have a destructive impact on the future. The incremental path to success is the consistent choice toward breakthrough even when it bypasses what might seem like low hanging fruit. The vision of your future won’t happen unless that clarity drives the beliefs and the results that influence today.
To reach your definition of success you must never underestimate the power of the three big outcomes in your path: the impact on others, the impact on momentum, and the impact on the future.
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