The Outdoors, Business, and Life: Don’t Confuse Activity with Results

POSTED: 01-04-2013 IN: The Outdoors, Business, and Life


Whether I am on a hunt pursuing a mature whitetail, an important business deal, or helping a charity expand, I try and make certain each move makes sense. As my man Pete Davis puts it, “I try not to confuse activity with results.”

The goal is to maximize my time and manage my energy regardless of the hunt. If we choose to honestly reflect on our time spent each day, we likely will discover or confirm that we often are living inefficiently and in turn burning valuable energy that can otherwise be applied towards solving real problems or manifesting our dreams. When I look at my own shallow breakdown moments, which unfortunately still occur, the common theme is often one of the following:

  • I lost focus–I did not have a desired outcome or lost focus on what my desired outcome was.
  • My ego got in the way–instead of keeping a neutral mind so that I can actually think from the other person’s side, my ego took over and fear pushed me into being an on-guard prick instead of productively moving forward. Damn that ego!

The key takeaway is for you to try and take a few minutes at the end of a day to reflect or replay events that occurred during that day. When you identify any negative events ask yourself:

  1. Did I have a desired outcome, and do I know what getting what I wanted might look like?
  2. Can I picture it?

Stay focused on what that desired outcome is and visualize how much differently staying focused on that desired outcome would have made the situation turn out. When you start putting  this into practice you will be blown away by the results. This is a key step in maximizing our ROI in life and “not confusing activity with results.”

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