How to Create Predictable Results
When it comes to achieving the specific outcomes that matter most to you there are no guarantees of success.
There are so many factors that influence whether you get from where you are to where you want to be that guaranteeing success from the get-go is unrealistic. There is always some uncertainty.
Having said that, there are a number of ways to create predictable results successfully.
Creating predictable results is about identifying and implementing the specific factors that are associated with the specific outcomes you want to achieve.
For example, say you want to improve your fitness. If you lie on the sofa all day every day, binge-watching Netflix whilst munching on junk food, we can fairly accurately predict that you are not going to get any fitter. However, if you exercise and eat healthy, regularly and consistently, then we can fairly accurately predict that you will get fitter.
The same applies to achieving the specific outcomes that matter most to you. There will be factors that will fairly accurately predict you won’t succeed. And there are factors that will fairly accurately predict you are more likely to succeed.
The key is to identify the factors associated with achieving the results you desire and implementing them.
Here are five ways to get on the path to create predictable results:
1. Identify the success factors that are associated with the outcome you want to achieve
Think about a specific outcome you want to achieve. Brainstorm everything you can think of that is linked to achieving that thing successfully. Create a plan for implementing those things. If you don’t know the factors that create predictable results, your job is to find out. Research. Learn. Get advice.
2. Become a master of process, systems, procedures, and boundaries
People who have rock solid systems, procedures, processes, and boundaries to keep themselves on track are more likely to create predictable results than those who are just winging it. Identify what yours need to be and implement them to keep yourself moving in the right direction consistently.
3. Assess the human factors
Your behaviour, habits, mindset, and emotions play a large role in the actions you take (or don’t take) and therefore significantly influence your outcomes. Take an audit of yours. Are they holding you back or helping you move forward? Identify the behaviours, habits, mindset, and emotions, that could help you achieve predictable results. Work on developing those.
4. Measure. Review. Revise.
You need to know every step of the way that what you are doing is increasing your chances of creating predictable results. Regularly measure and review progress. Revise plans as appropriate.
5. Become a learner, observer, and researcher.
There are people out there who have achieved the changes, goals, and results that you want to. When you become an active learner, observer and researcher you can assess what it is they do and apply the bits that are relevant to you and your circumstances. Get curious about the factors that influenced their results. Observe. Research. Learn. Apply.
The bottom line:
Whilst achieving results is rarely guaranteed, there is a hell of a lot you can do to create predictable results. Identify and implement those things and you will be putting yourself well on the path to success.