This past Saturday, I was at my daughter’s track meet and was amazed by the high level of athleticism among the athletes, especially the female athletes. These high schoolers not only competed against each other, but also against themselves. Each athlete that participated in the events had two goals in mind. The first goal was to break his or her personal record. And the second goal was to break the area record. Of course the national record in each event was also at play.
During my interaction with these amazing athletes, I would inquire about how important it was to them to give their best performance in their given sporting discipline. Without exception, every athlete I spoke with maintained that putting forth his or her best performance was super important. But it was what the top athletes said next that really captured my attention. They said that at the end of the day what really mattered were the results—”Results always tell the truth!”
As a spectator and supporter, the takeaway for me was that it did not matter what the individual athlete thought of him or herself. It also did not matter what I thought of the athletes. And as much as I wanted my daughter to place in her events, my desire for her was of no concern to the coaches and scouts. The only thing that mattered on the day of the meet were the results. The results would be the differentiating factor that determined who brought home the medal(s).
The same principle is at play in every other facet of one’s life. Results always tell the truth! It does not matter how highly you think of yourself, if your results do not match the expectations of those who set the rules, then your accomplishment would have been for nought. This is not to minimize personal achievement, but too often personal achievement misses its mark because it is not set against clear objectives and performance measurements.
It does not matter what industry you are in. It does not matter that you are an athlete, university president, doctor, attorney or politician. It does not matter whether you are a low-level employee or a CEO at a major tech company or an entrepreneur, you must produce at a high level in order to enjoy sustained success. Results always tell the truth!
One way to find out whether or not you are on a winning path is to look at the results you are getting in life. If you are getting more of the same year after year, then you need to make adjustments in order to get back on track and experience the success you desire.
Allow me to speak from the heart.
There must come a time in your life when you become completely disgusted by getting shitty results. I mean, how long are you going to remain an average player of life? How long are you going to tolerate dysfunctional relationships? How long are you going to remain stuck in a dead-end career? How long are you going to live from pay check to pay check—barely getting by each month? How long are you going to put your dreams and aspirations on hold?
I said it before and I will say it again. The time we have in our physical form—our time on Earth, is fixed. There is no backup feature, delete function, reverse option or second chance. Life is not a rehearsal and you only get one chance and one opportunity to live your life on purpose with purpose. There are no second takes. The Universe will not grant you a do-over because you squandered one opportunity after another.
You deserve to live a complete and fulfilled existence. Love yourself enough to make the rest of your life the best of your life.
Upcoming post: “Success Is A Full-Time Commitment”