How you use “your results” is critical to determining how you experience life.
The Principle: – Results are for Learning
A Result: – Occurs or follows as a consequence of an action or inaction
Learning: The acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught, or by results
No matter what you do it is unlikely that you will create the exact results you desired. So the question is, no matter what kind of results you actually created, what do you do with your less than expected or less than acceptable results, or your better than expected results?
Ultimately, “results are for learning” is a very effective context with which to view results if you want to see better results in any area of your life. If you want to spend less time feeling bad about yourself and your results and stop using your results as the instigator of those bad feelings, read on.
Those who learn the most earn the most. Learning goes hand in hand with earning. If you use your results to HELP, no matter how good or bad you think they are and no matter how you feel or judge yourself or your results, you will find answers that will help you make better decisions, take more effective and timely actions and deliver better results.
What we are suggesting is, that in order to be effective at creating the life that you want, LEARNING from ALL of YOUR results is the most effective approach. You’ll be Living Above the Line even more.
Fact: results are neutral. Results are not inherently good or bad, positive or negative – they are just results. Yes people often have an emotional reaction to a result, and therefore judge their results as good or bad, compare them and say they failed, or attach their emotional reaction to them. No matter results are neutral.
What does learning from results look like? The starting place is asking, “Is there anything that I could have done differently that would have helped me create my desired result?” Often, the answer to that question does not immediately present itself. If not, you have a couple of options; you can ask someone else what they think or observed, or you can continue to ask yourself, “I wonder why this happened, or, I wonder what I was pretending not to know that led to this result.”
I wonder why? – This is our definition of Curiosity – one of our Tools that Transform. Dennis reports that “curiosity” is one of the most important tools he has learned in his 30 years in training and development. He describes solving major problems and issues by asking himself questions like these. “I wonder what is really going on here, or I wonder how I can help, or I wonder what I am missing or not understanding?”
Many people face a significant hurdle in “staying curious,” why, because being curious is incompatible with their desire or image of themselves “to know” the answer, or to “be right.”
Remember that “Results are for Learning, and, those who learn the most earn the most.”