Enthusiasm and blood, sweat and tears alone don't guarantee success

Method / Leadership


Enthusiasm and blood, sweat and tears alone don't guarantee success
Wolf Vosse , Management Consultant, South Africa

Effort and trying hard are only two ingredients required - ensure the little things are done - if you want to be successful


Enthusiasm and expending energy is just not enough – if you want the right results. I have been a regular exerciser for the last 45 years. As I got a bit more (mature?) or advanced in age – (I hate the word “OLD”)- I have included Pilates, Yoga and in my routine. The result – niggling pains here and there that accompany a certain level of fitness. For the last 2 weeks I have worked together with a Pilates instructor. Now wait for it – the bomb dropped – it made a big “THUNK” – I realised that….. Enthusiasm and expending energy is just not enough – if you want the right results. Not many people have put as much effort into being physically fit - as I have. You know me, half an effort is just not good enough. I push myself. if I am not exhausted- I have not done enough. Yes, you guessed it – I measure everything, my heart rate, my weight before and after the run, my time to recover, note it all in a special program that confirms that “ I have done enough" You know what this young lady has proved to me? If I had done the right exercise, the right way – at the right frequency – I could have achieved twice as much with half the effort – and no pain. Boy, that hurt! Not to say that there have not been some people (my son for example) giving me a gentle reminder that I might be approaching this Pilates thing from the wrong angle. I brushed it aside, I followed the DVD and put in more effort - for longer periods. You see, I thought (again) I knew it all. I had read all about it, got the right info and bought the right tools – all that was left for me was to put enough effort into it. Why am I making this admission? Any guesses? Any “Aha Moments” on your side? This young lady watches me squirm and groan and sometimes forces me to make major changes in how I do the exercise. BUT – most of the time it’s the little things, minor adjustments that make the difference – they make it work – or not. She corrects me – I try – I don’t get it, try again, then get it – then do it wrongly again, - she corrects me – then I get it for a while, then I don’t pay full attention ( a problem I have) – then it goes wrong again – only to be corrected and so the story goes. Why would it be any different in your every day business life? When coaching (or being coached) – are you watching that it is being done the right way? Is enough attention given to the little things that so often are allowed to slip – with negative results? You can’t have your coach watching you permanently, you can’t watch your team members permanently – but how are you catching the little things (and some of the big ones)? How many times have I heard it:.. Wolf, I am trying,… they are working hard, I can’t ask for more….. I have to watch myself in the mirror whilst exercising – this allows me to check whether or not I am executing correctly. What can you put in place so your team members know they are not just doing the right things – when they need to be done – in the correct manner – and the outcome is as expected? Give that some thought. Most people want to do it right. It is heart breaking to have expended the energy and not to achieve the right result. Well to close off this weekly rant ………. Enthusiasm and expending energy is just not enough – if you want the right results. Wolf, the coach Think, act, adjust, act, think!

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