The biggest handicap to success is not a lack of brains, not a lack of character or willingness. It is a weakness in getting things done.
The world has always cried out for men and women who can get things done, for people who are self-starters, who see a task through to its finish.
It isn’t how much you know, but what you get done, that the world rewards and remembers.
The biggest handicap to success is not a lack of brains, nor a lack of character or willingness. Millions of people are held back from success because they don’t know how to get things done, more than any other single reason.
The millions of people who desire yet fail to do something great with their lives know what to do – and almost do it on time. They almost win promotions. They almost become leaders. They may miss by a minute or an inch, but they do miss, because they never invested the time and energy to choose a goal and give direction to their life.
The “Almosts” are not lazy. Often they are busier than the very effective few. They putter around all day long and half the night, though they fail to accomplish anything of real importance.
They are held back by indecision, by a lack of organisation in their work, and by an over attention to minor details.
You don’t have to work harder, you must work more effectively. You must learn to make your work count. The biggest handicap to success is not a lack of brains, not a lack of character or willingness. It is a weakness in getting things done.
The Goal Achiever makes their work count. They Goal Achiever raises the world’s standard of living. The Goal Achiever wins the big share of the world’s rewards.
The Goal Achiever is the person who has a clearly defined goal, has made a list of goal achieving activities for each day and will not permit the “Almosts” to distract them.
The Goal Achiever has a very small gap between what they know they must do and what they actually do.
I recently ran a poll asking people which knowing-doing gaps they had the most trouble with. Here are the results:
- Exercise – 7%
- Healthy eating – 13%
- Punctuality – 20%
- Keeping office work up-to-date – 27%
- Calling/Contacting prospects – 33%
The only way you will form the habit of doing what needs to be done, regardless of your likes or dislikes, is to link that activity with a worthy goal or purpose which can best be accomplished by doing the activity.
The knowing-doing gap is the reason behind millions of dollars in lost revenue in companies, hundreds of missed opportunities in business, and thousands of people struggling every day, achieving results well below their true potential.
But all that can change. It is never too late to close your own knowing-doing gap and achieve great results.