Results vs. Effort

The moment you read the title to this post, you already decided on which of the two is more important to you.

Perhaps you chose Effort because you believe that the energy and time put into something should always be appreciated.

Perhaps you chose Results because you believe that it doesn’t matter how hard you work, if it doesn’t produce something good, then it’s not good.

The truth is that they’re BOTH important. However, you need to understand that they don’t share the same level of importance. It’s important for you to understand this because it’ll shape your mindset to succeeding in both aspects:

  1. Putting in GOOD effort.
  2. Achieving GREAT results.

What comes FIRST for others, comes LAST for you.

People will see and judge your RESULTS first.

You will have to put in EFFORT first before you achieve anything.

There is no way around these two processes. When you give people something, you are giving them the result, not the effort. The only person who will truly appreciate your efforts is you yourself.

Always start from the END.

Before they run, runners find the finish line fist.
Before they fly, pilots decide where to land first.
Before they shoot, archers aim for the bullseye.

The reason why you sometimes still fail even after putting in a lot of effort is because you don’t start from the end. Before you put in effort, always visualise and plan what you want to achieve. You must think of the RESULTS you want to achieve so that you know the amount of EFFORT you need to put in.

Effort is based on YOU. Results are based on EVERYONE ELSE.

You put in a lot of effort but you didn’t achieve your goal.
Someone else comes along and puts in just a little amount of effort and achieves more than you.

What? How come?!

Simply put, life is unfair. What could be hard for you, could be very easy for someone else. But you need to remember, the opposite is also true. There are things in life that you found to be very easy but others struggled to do them.

We all have our own strengths and weaknesses. You’re already aware of this. However, you may have overlooked one important point: You will still be judged according to the same standards as everyone else. So how do you compete and win? Read on…

You are always competing with two forces: Yourself and other people

Self-improvement is a constant process. It happens every time you put effort into something. However, you need to focus on the word “improvement”. What does it really mean?

To improve, you need to become BETTER. How do you judge if something is better or worse?

You need to compare! And to compare, you need something to set as the standard. You need to choose something and say “I have to do better than that!“.

Here’s the tricky part: Do you compare with something produced by YOU or SOMEONE ELSE?

Here’s the trickier answer: Both

This is where the word “constant” comes into play. Pay attention, you’re about to learn an important lesson in life.

The only person you constantly compete with in your entire life is yourself. 365 days every year, 24 hours everyday. You will always the ability to look back in your life and analyse the results you achieved. You cannot do that with anyone else.

This means that in everything you do, you will ALWAYS compete with yourself. Competition with other people is VERY COMMON but it is never ALWAYS.

90% of your life will be spent competing with others. 100% of your life is spent competing with yourself.

The 10% difference is what differentiates people who win sometimes and people who win all the time. Even if you lose against other people now, winning against yourself means you get closer and closer to beating everyone else in the future.

Who do world record holders compete with when they’re already the best in the world?

Do you think Apple cares about competing with Microsoft or any other tech companies?

Who were the Wright Brothers competing with when they worked hard to invent an aeroplane?

Yes, it’s still important to compete with others. You can only get more opportunities in life if you prove that you’re better than other people. The key here is to look at someone who is better than you and use them as a guide to improve yourself. This is the true advantage of competition: it allows you to learn how to become better.

So the next time you’re about to put effort into doing something, take a moment to set a standard for yourself. Doing a project? Look at your competitors and your own past projects and think “I want to do better!”.

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