Daily Leadership Thought #141 – Actions Matter: How We Do Anything Is How We Do Everything

May 25, 2011

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“Actions have always spoken louder than words.”  “It’s the little things that matter.”  We have all heard these sayings, but how well have we digested the information?  I am constantly amazed and often saddened by people’s tendencies to dig their own holes or build their own mountains.  It isn’t usually the grand decisions or bold actions that define a life, although these things can make a difference, but how people show up every day that defines them.

  • It’s the individual who does their best to apply the “Golden Rule” who builds the most fulfilling and enduring relationships
  • It’s the musician who practices every day who becomes a more accomplished player
  • It’s the student who rarely misses class, always does their homework, and takes good notes who is most assured of getting good grades
  • It’s the employee who regularly does what they say they are going to do, who gets promoted
  • It’s the manager who leads by example who gets the most done
  • It’s the leader who continually works at getting smarter about their role and their marketplace who gets the best long-term business results

Most people I know want to create better outcomes in their life.  They spend hours dreaming, thinking, and talking about what a better situation could look like.  They are usually confident in their own abilities and feel they measure up favorably against their peers.  It is not unusual to hear them surprised or even offer rationalizations when others they deem less talented or knowledgeable achieve more success.  The bottom line is that health, happiness, and success are all the result of daily habits and behaviors.  These habits lead to a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.

Given the option, I would always place my bet on the individual who, regardless of their circumstances, strives to do the best they can do, even when no one is looking or when shortcuts are readily available.  You must always remember that the ends do not justify the means.  How you achieve your results matters.