“Why are some people so amazingly good at what they do? Anywhere you look, from competitive sports and musical performance to science, and business, there always seem to be a few exceptional sorts who dazzle us with what they can do and how well they do it”. – K. Anders Ericsson in PEAK, how to master anything
Faced with these facts, many of us are left with feelings of inadequacy. We sometimes even conclude that incredible success is for the special few amongst us. You know them right? The talented or gifted few.
Still, studies have come to reveal that actually great results can be achieved by any of us. Here are four ways to help you achieve great results continually.
The psychology behind expectations has been proven. Clearly, expectations are a self-fulfilling prophecy. When you commit yourself to the expectations that achieving anything less than “more results faster continually” is unacceptable, you’ve created new contours for success.
You must expect to succeed and maintain a positive frame of mind consistently. Someone once said, “If you can’t afford to fail, you won’t.”
Without a deep sense of expecting to succeed, focus is almost impossible and failure is sure. Value success such that it becomes the controlling virtue and you’re well on your way to achieving incredible results.
It has rightly been said that, “No man is an island”. That is true and much more in the road to success. To excel, you must champion deep, human, emotional relationships with the people you lead. This means going beyond the relatively shallow relationships involved in order-giving environments.
Many of our role models capitalize on the relationships they have. You can think of family, friends, mentors and such. These are the people who will offer support in every way possible to see you succeed.
The power of deep relationships has been demonstrated since the dawn of history. In all cultures, whenever people needed to do great things, one thing had to take place: A leader had to gather those people together and speak from the heart. Profound, heartfelt relationships had to be established for great things to be accomplished.
How do we create and sustain those relationships? One answer is through processes. Processes, which are systematic series of mental or physical steps directed toward specific ends, cultivate clarity of purpose and repeatability of outcomes.
Think of a time when you’ve experienced a deep, bonding with somebody — not sexual as in a significant-other relationship — but a bonding to achieve certain organizational accomplishments. It might have been with a boss, a friend, a colleague … doesn’t matter who, the important thing is the WHAT, the relationship.
Now, picture yourself interacting with that person on one or more occasions. What was the physical setting? What was said? What was done?
Recall what you felt. Recall the bonding that took place. What were the physical facts that gave you those emotions, that bonding? What were the actions you took as a result of that bonding? What were the results that came from those actions?
You may conclude that those relationships led to better results – and provided necessary environment to continually improving. Achieving great results needs a firm foundation.
With the above, deep results are subsequent. Give achieving great results in dues and such will be obtained…continually.
You are never more effective as a leader as when, in getting more results faster continually, you are helping others be better than they are — even better than you thought they could be.
After all, if people know that in working with you, they will improve their job performance, boost their career, and enrich their lives, won’t they want to work with you?
Results, of course, come in many forms and are measured and evaluated in many ways. I’ve discovered that most leaders are getting the wrong results, or the right results in the wrong ways. When you aim to start achieving “more results faster continually” you are on the right road to achieving the right results.