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Everyone wants better results, but how can you really guarantee a better outcome for your passionate pursuits.
1. Learn From Your Mistakes: Author Steven Denn wrote, “You can never make the same mistake twice because the second time you make it, it’s not a mistake, it’s a choice.” When we choose to learn from our mistakes we position ourselves for better outcomes because we are becoming wiser through experience. Repeating the same mistake over and over again is refusing to learn what our choices want to teach us. Learning the hard way is never the best way.
2. Learn to Do the Hard Work Required: Better results and outcomes require hard work. Many times promises for better outcomes are marketed in such a way that cause you to overlook the hard work involved that will get you where you want to go. Proverbs 14:23 in The Message says it best. Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table. People talk a lot about better outcomes, but those that are getting better outcomes are doing the work. If you want a better harvest you better be willing to put your hand on the plow.
3. Learn From the Outcomes of Others: I was reading a familiar bible verse in the Amplified Version in preparation for teaching on generosity and was struck by the amplification of Hebrews 13:7 –
Remember your leaders and superiors in authority [for it was they] who brought to you the Word of God. Observe attentively and consider their manner of living (the outcome of their well-spent lives) and imitate their faith…
When desiring better outcomes we tend to look to those who have bigger incomes. I will never forget accepting a job because the owner of a company, who was a cash multi-millionaire; told me he would help me become a millionaire if I taught him the bible. I got sucked into one of the worst jobs I ever had and one of the worst years of my life. Why? I based my decision on his income not his outcome. Don’t be impressed by people’s incomes, be impressed with the outcomes of their lives.
- If you want a better marriage find someone who’s been married 50 years and ask how they did it.
- If you want to increase your income, find someone who is willing to tell you about the hard work and the ups and downs it took to acquire it.
- If you desire a stronger faith in God follow those whose faith is strong and learn from them.
- If you want to strengthen your relationship with your kids, seek those parents out who have cultivated strong relationships with their children and ask a lot of questions.
*By the way if the people you are seeking out with great outcomes have great incomes it’s a bonus! I just have seen a lot of people who have sought out people only because of their great incomes. It can be a hurtful situation for all involved.
Getting better outcomes many times means growing from our mistakes, putting in the hard work, and learning from others who have the outcomes we desire.
How are you getting better outcomes in 2015?