Outcomes > Activities

First, I want you to think about this question…

How often do you find yourself working hard, staying so busy doing the activities that you think you should be doing, just to realize that you aren’t any closer to your desired outcome than when you started?

I feel like all of us have been here and believe me, I have been there far too many times…(AND sometimes FARTHER away!)  

So you must ask yourself, “Why did I work so hard to still be so far away?”   Sadly, oftentimes hard work alone isn’t the answer to achieve your goal, as the quote says “Direction is so much more important than speed. Many are going nowhere fast.”  The outcome of your action is far more important than the activity it takes to complete it.

So what’s an example of this?  Just look at the fitness industry, it is a $20 billion a year industry. Why?  Simple, most of us need to get more fit, lose our excess fat, or we are trying to shape our bodies to look like the latest celebrity or supermodel.  No matter the reason, we oftentimes simply walk into the gym and do “something”.  When we focus on the activities of exercising, we just go do some action.  We go to the gym, work out for an hour and then head home, thinking we did some work today with a treadmill saying we burned 400 calories.  While this sounds good and you may get some results, you’ll never meet your goal by being busy in activity.  We try and burn out, start again and burn out. We never see the end goal like we wanted, and the fitness industry keeps selling you on the next hot activity to keep you busy.    Instead, we must “train” (As many in the fitness industry like to say), which means to have a plan.  So what does a plan focus on?  The Outcome! When we see and work towards the outcome, we simply do the work to get there.  We can work with direction and speed.  We can push out the wasteful movements and gain so much more time to move in the right direction.

While it takes hard work to get the outcome we desire,  focusing on the outcome and striving to make the outcome real is the true way to succeed.  Measure yourself on the outcomes of your actions, not the fact you did some activity.

Do what it takes to make your sales quota, not count the number of calls you have to make.

Do what it takes to lose some weight. not check off that you went to the gym.

Do what it takes to build your relationship with your significant other, not just hang out and hope it’ll change.

Do what it takes to get the outcome you desire, not just keep yourself busy hoping that you one day might achieve something.

What is my Why? 

One part of this journey called life is figuring out what is your deep seeded motivation.  What is it that drives your day?   Is it a powerful quote? A charge given to you by a loved one?  Maybe even leadership of someone you look up to?  There are plenty of ways to be motivated…for a short time.  I’ve sat through my fair share of pregame speeches, and sure, I was motivated to get things accomplished on the field, but within 5 minutes of gametime, the motivation left and my discipline had to take over.   I believe that motivation is a great tool to get us moving sometime, but at the end of the day, it’s important to find your “Why“.  As in, “Why in the heck am I putting myself through this!?!”   I took some time to look at one aspect of my life and answer the question “Why do I want to be more fit?”

1. I want to live a healthier life

I have struggled with hypertension (high blood pressure), acid reflux, and just overall health issues due to my weight and habits.   So the first “Why” is all about my health.  I am (at the time of this blog post) 30 years old and shouldn’t be dealing with these health issues.   The positive thing is that I know by making healthy choices in my nutrition as well as consistent training, I can make a significant change to my health, providing me with a better lifestyle.

2. I want to perform at a higher level. 

What kind of performance you ask?  Well, I have been fairly athletic my entire life, and if you know me, I love to be competitive.  I thrive on competition.  So for me, performing at a higher level in my sports like golf, cross training (i.e. The Mountain Challenge), tennis, and other sports is an important aspect of my self esteem and overall mental health.   It is not the winning (which does help with my self esteem) that drives the positive movement in my life, but rather knowing that I put in my best effort and was able to contribute.   It takes high levels of athleticism to continue to contribute over the long run.

3.  I want to be physically appealing 

Now, many people may laugh or joke at this statement.  Others may say that your physical appearance doesn’t matter or shouldn’t be an impact of why I want to achieve something.   And for some of their statements, they are correct. I’m not saying I want to be a male model, because frankly, I don’t want it that much, but I’m focusing on being happy with my own appearance.  When you’ve been the “Big” guy your whole  life, you become insecure about your weight and the way you look.   For me, I have many shirts and pants that I cannot wear due to being too small.  Also, I cannot go to just any store and purchase clothes.  It will be nice to be able to simply go purchase a shirt or pants in a store without wondering if they actually carry a size large enough.  Those combined with the desire to have a “good body” is part of my Why”.  

There are definitely more reasons why I want to accomplish this goal, but these are really the top three.  Others will not have your same drivers, but ultimately knowing your Why can be one of the most motivating aspects of life.   Are these prefect? No, far from it. These are what drives me.   Now your challenge is to find what really drives you.   What’s your why? 

The First one…

Many people don’t actually know that I enjoy writing, putting my thoughts on paper (or well the internet now), for it helps me to express and absorb the things that happen throughout my day.  It doesn’t take long knowing me to realize that I enjoy conversing with others and am pretty adept at taking over such conversations.  I hope to use this avenue to express the things going on in life, in business, in faith, and the journey I’m moving on myself.  I plan on making this a combination of motivation, successes, and ultimately topics that have had an important impact on me.   So, if you want follow along, feel free to read and comment as you please.

Thanks for following along!

-CP