Here is a principle that works in many areas of life. You’ll find it helpful in businesses, in organizations, in churches, in relationships and in your personal life. Here’s the principle:
Don’t confuse activity with success.
I once wrote that growth covers over a multitude of problems. (Read that post HERE.) I know many organizations and people that mistakenly believe for a time (before it catches up with them) that busyness means things are moving in the right direction. That may or may not be true, but long-term success always depends more on the quality of activity than on the quantity of activity. In the short-term, you can mask success with an abundance of action, but substandard performance will be discovered in time. (For more on this thought process, read my previous post, The Tortoise and the Hare Principle of Organizational Growth.)
If you want to ensure success, consider the goals and objectives trying to be attained, determine whether they are currently being achieved, and, depending on your findings, be willing to adjust activity accordingly to achieve better results.
Have you been guilty of being busy rather than being successful? In what areas of your life are you more likely to allow that to occur?