A Process for Getting Real Results
Michael DiMedio, July 2018
Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying that “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Whether you subscribe to this belief or not, the idea has great application. Personally, and professionally, we cannot and should not leave our desired results to mere chance. If we take no steps to change our own actions or behaviors, we end up hoping that forces beyond our control allow for a different result.
But what if you had a model that provided a systematic method for installing change? What if you already had the power to produce greater results for yourself or your business? The good news is that such a model exists, and you have the power to put it to work. At Lotus, we call it our IPO ProcessTM .
“IPO” stands for Infinite Potential Optimization. It’s called that for three simple reasons. First, optimization is a process of reducing interference or, roadblocks, preventing you from achieving your goals. There is something in what is going on today that equates to doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. Second, results come from developing new behaviors – or action steps – that produce change. We all have the potential to grow and develop into better, more effective, more successful versions of ourselves. And lastly, this process never stops. Setting goals, eliminating roadblocks and executing action plans on a consistent basis leads to higher and higher levels of performance. New goals, new roadblocks and new action plans. Your growth continues to expand – and you deliver exponential results.
So – why don’t more people do this? The simple answer is – it’s REALLY hard. If it were easy, we’d all be walking around as the fully enlightened, best possible versions of ourselves today. I’m pretty sure that’s not the case. The truth is that some people are simply better at some parts of the process than others. You may be highly skilled at setting goals, but not as developed in identifying how your own thoughts and behaviors might be getting in the way. Likewise, you might be great at developing strategic action plans but suffer from procrastination and execution of those plans. For these reasons, truly successful people surround themselves with partners who help them fill in the gaps. They play to their strengths and render their weaknesses irrelevant. Success is a team sport and no one is expected to do it alone. Start by asking yourself, “who are my partners?”