You Can't Do the Wrong Thing and Expect Right Results
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Posted by: Dr. Alan Zimmerman
Dr. Zimmerman's TUESDAY TIP:
You can't do the wrong thing and
expect the right result.
Dr. Alan Zimmerman's Personal
In the process of writing my new
book ... "Payoff: Clarify Your Purpose, Prove Your Passion, Master
the Process, Produce the Payoff" ... which will be released later this
year ... I asked thousands of people what they wanted. Almost everyone
gave me one of the following responses: "I just want to be happy” or "I
want to be successful.” In other words, they wanted a life and a career that
brought them some significant payoffs.
Nothing wrong with that. The
trouble is ... very few people ever get all the payoffs they want, need, and
crave ... because they fail to apply a few simple but critical behaviors to
their lives and their jobs.
If you want extraordinary,
life-changing, career-enhancing payoffs in your personal and professional
lives, the quickest way to get there is to attend my "Journey to the
Extraordinary” program coming to Chicago on November 14-15, 2013. Click here to register. To
get you started on that path, however, you must do the following.
1. Work like an ant.
There’s an old passage that says,
"Go to the ant; consider its ways and be wise.” As author Bob Gass
writes, "These tiny giants of industry teach us valuable principles for
living.” And I would add, they teach us valuable guidelines that ensure our
The ant is self-motivated.
Nobody has to get it out of bed in the morning or coax it to get moving.
Nobody supervises the ant’s work or makes sure he produces a quality
product. Nobody needs to micromanage the ant’s time on the job or makes
sure it starts punctually, puts in a full day’s work, pulls its weight and
doesn’t quit early. The ant is driven by its own high standards, not by
rules, regulations, or the fear of being fired.
The ant is organized. There
is no haphazard drifting or wandering around aimlessly, looking for something
to do. He knows exactly what he has to do. He is goal-directed,
focused, and determined.
The ant keeps on working, in good
times and bad. While everybody else is complaining about the weather, the
economy, the government, or whatever, the ant just keeps preparing for the
As therapist Jeff Herring writes
in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, "Success and excellence are not that
difficult to achieve if you consistently do the necessary things to achieve
them.” Just like the ants. The problem is … as Herring continues,
"It’s just that most folks are not willing to do the necessary things and are
very willing to blame others.”
Basically, you can’t keep a good
ant down. If you possess these three ant-like behaviors, more often than
not, you will see some significant payoffs in your life and career.
2. Practice honesty.
One poll cited by Paul Harvey
stated that 40% of American workers admitted stealing on the job, and 20% felt
justified! Their rationalizing included such comments as:
"Everybody’s doing it ... The boss can afford it; he won’t miss it ...
It’s only small stuff; it won’t make any difference ... The company owes me.
I’m just taking what’s mine ... or ... I deserve it. I’ve worked
hard and never been acknowledged.”
I don’t care how you justify it.
If you deceive your employer by stealing time and materials, if you
deliver an inferior product or service to your customers, you’re stealing.
You’re practicing evil, corrupt, wicked, immoral, illegal, unethical
behavior, or whatever you want to call it ... and perhaps all of the above.
And just for the record, it’s not
smart to steal. You can’t do the wrong thing and get the right result.
Not only will you have trouble, you’ll bring trouble on those who love
and need you the most.
Oh sure, some people seem to get
ahead by being dishonest. Instead of getting caught, they made some extra
money or gained some extra power. But they brought trouble on themselves
… sacrificing their integrity, self-esteem, and peace of mind in the process.
They gave up a lot to gain a little.
Of course, most people will get
caught sooner or later, in some way or other. An acquaintance of mine
just died unexpectedly, and when his final papers were put in order, everyone
learned he had embezzled $4 million from his best friends. He thought he
could "borrow” the money temporarily and re-pay it when the economy turned
around. He didn’t expect to die, and his widow, children, and
grandchildren now have to live with the legacy of their husband, father, and
grandfather being a crook.
In all my years of research on
success, I’ve learned that success never goes on sale. You have to pay
full price. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can get ahead by being
dishonest. The job loss, damaged reputation, humiliation, legal costs and
consequences are a bill the whole family pays ... often times for years and
3. Discard laziness.
When the world looks at you and
the work you do, the world is not only interested in what you do but also how
you do it. And the truth is ... your prospects for the future are largely
influenced by your work ethic. As Hamilton Holt puts it, "Nothing
worthwhile comes easily. Half effort does not produce half results.
It produces no results. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the
only way to accomplish results that last.”
If your work ethic is a bit
sloppy, if you tend to be a bit lazy, you are robbing yourself as surely as a
thief who comes to rob you. So be on the lookout for the various ways
laziness can sneak into your life.
Do you procrastinate? Lazy
people say, "I’ll do it tomorrow,” but tomorrow never comes.
Do you quit too easily? Lazy
people quit before the job is finished. Unfinished projects fill their
lives: half-built cupboards, half-painted rooms, half-cleaned garages,
half-finished papers, half-completed diets, and half-read books.
Do you make excuses? Lazy
people can always find a reason not to work. If it’s cold outside, he
might say, "You want me to get sick, going to work in this weather?” Or
if it’s warm, "It’s way too nice to work!”
Whatever you do, don’t let
laziness rob you of success.
Which of the three success behaviors do you need to spend more
time on? Working like an ant? Being honest? Or discarding
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speaker, Dr. Alan Zimmerman is focused on "transforming the people side of
business.” His keynotes and seminars are noted for high content, high energy,
and high involvement that transform people's lives and the companies where they
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