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Daily Leadership Thought #141 – Consistency In Our Actions Matters

“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 how people have a tendency to dig their own holes or build their own mountains.  Interestingly enough, it most often isn’t grand decisions or bold actions that define a life, although these things can make a difference, but rather how people show up each and every day that counts.

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 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, rather than the one who is driven largely by strong opinions and “seat of the pants” decision making, who gets the best long-term business results.   I could go on an on (so could you), but believe you get my point.

Most people I know want to create better outcomes in their life.  They spend many 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’s not unusual to hear them surprised or even offer rationalizations when others they deem less talented or knowledgeable achieve more comparative success.  The bottom line is that health, happiness and success are all the result of daily habits and behaviors that over time lead to a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.  Of course some people are blessed with extraordinary or unusual talent; however they are the exception not the rule.

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 shortcuts are readily available.   The ends don’t justify the means; ultimately it’s the means that matter!


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