First and foremost my sincere apologies for the break in sending my blogs. I had technical issues with my website builder for a few weeks and now the problem has been fixed. You will now continue to read my blogs as usual every wednesday. Thanks a million for your patience. Greatly appreciated.
Do you have goals and a goal focused person? How do you tell whether you are doing well or not? Developing the habit of measuring your results is a great asset. Results just don’t lie. It is very important that you evaluate and measure your results periodically against the goals you have set. Results don’t lie. If you want to know whether you are doing well financially, check your net worth and cash flow. If you want to be sure of how well you are doing in a relationship, check your emotional bank account. To know how your business is doing, review your balance sheet. There are various parameters you can use to evaluate and measure your performance in a given area. If you are a student and want to know how well you are performing in each subject area, check your grades.
One of my relatives did a mock exam in order to prepare for her final high school exams. When the grades finally came in and she did not perform as required, she started blaming the teachers and school for her results. I asked her whether other students in her class got better grades to which she replied, ‘Yes’. I then told her that the problem was not with the school or teachers but her. She was not happy I said that but she got the message loud and clear. Since she had another year before the final exams she was able to correct what she was doing wrong, and performed excellently in the final exams to go to the university. A lot of times people fool themselves by moving the goal post on performance and productivity and make excuses for not achieving their goals.
Some are in the habit of blaming the economy, competitors, workers, change, and any other person or thing they can put the blame on. What is amusing is that none of these people accept responsibility for their role in the lack of performance. It is always the other person or the other thing. Here is a great revelation – until you take one million percent full personal responsibility for your results or lack thereof, you will not be successful in achieving massive success. Personal responsibility is about being accountable for all your results. Don’t kid yourself; you are very significant in the equation of your results. You are the main character in your results. Develop the habit of evaluating and measuring your results, checking what you have done right, what you have not, and the actions you must take to close the gap. Identify the areas of performance you want to measure quantitatively and qualitatively because you cannot measure everything in quantitative terms. Establish key personal performance indicators to continuously measure your performance throughout the year. If one of your indicators is financial, how much money have you made and what was your set target? If your target is about writing a chapter of a book every weekend, a quick measure is making sure that you write that chapter. Blaming others for nonperformance is only a cop-out and who are you kidding anyway? Get into the habit of evaluating and measuring your results. You will be glad you did.