Think for Results

You have probably heard the question, “What were you thinking?”, and it usually is a result of you or someone else having done something that seemed foolish. This is a common question parents ask their children, but it is relevant in the work world as well.

Actions Start with Thoughts

Before any action is taken we have thought in some manner, even if subconsciously. For example, if you want to make more sales and what you have been doing isn’t working, you will usually think before you decide on a new course of action. Generally it pays to decide what results you want, and then to decide on what actions to take. But, those actions are more likely to be the right ones if you think for results. In other words, your thoughts should be guided largely by the results you desire.

There is A Sequence

There is a fundamental sequence of how things happen that should make it clearer why your thinking is so important to this process. One, you decide what end result you want. Two, while remaining within the value system you embrace, you will then think about how you can achieve the desired result. That is, what actions are needed? Third, you develop a specific plan of action and set goals to measure your progress. But, note that a plan may look wonderful, but unless you spent some time thinking before you finalized the plan, you are unlikely to get the results you want, particularly if what you are trying to accomplish is complex and involves many steps and other people. It is critical that you think for results.

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Winging It

There are many people, myself included, who have a tendency to make decisions based on the current situation. In other words, we are winging it. But, I have learned that this is seldom a good thing when it comes to what really matters. For example, when starting a new business venture it helps to have a plan. Now, I’ll make the suggestion that sometimes a detailed plan is not really necessary as a skeletal framework of what you are trying to accomplish may well be sufficient, particularly if there is no existing model to imitate. See The Business Plan – Hold On to the Napkin for more on this. Regardless of whether a simple plan or a detailed plan is needed, the point is that the process of developing the plan requires you to decide what results you want and think before acting.

What about you and your company? Are you prone to winging it? Even if the answer to that is no, do you decide on the results desired and then think for results before acting?

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