An outcome focus is an approach to productivity that maintains progress toward the goal as the only measure of success. An outcome focus does not get bogged down in the process. More pertinent this blog, an outcome focus doesn’t get distracted by who isn’t doing what, what the lurkers needle, or who tags along for the ride.
Sure! Don’t form a team that includes people you have trouble working with. But, often, you don’t have full control over who your team is, or who your boss is, or who shares in the reward of your hard work. I write this blog to remind you that no problem exists when others aren’t engaging and pulling their weight. You are not obligated to the drama that lurkers and critics script. It is not yours to control who benefits from your success.
In fact, your success necessarily creates these challenges. The measure of your greatness is your ability to make others great. It’s the natural outcome of the overflow effect. Your favor overflows to everyone around you. Your work creates opportunities for others to be great, even if they are great at critiquing you.
It’s often been said that you should kill them with kindness. What is missing from that statement is that attention to slackers, critics, and also-rans is a distraction. It is important that you not expend energy on those. They take care of themselves. They feed off your energy. Resist the inclination to show anger and waste a lot of emotional energy trying to convince a slacker that they should be doing more work, a critic that they should be more human, or a tag-along that they should get a life. Make the energy they feed on the energy overflowing from your production.
Your success, your discipline, your commitment is attractive. You will have a small circle of supporters and mentors. You will have a larger group of lurkers and critics. They, in spite of themselves, are motivated by your progress. They are present only because you are active and succeeding. If you were not doing, they would have no need to hang on.
Maximizing the Overflow Effect
Remember, your success isn’t about the spectators. You are driven to be you, to express yourself, to be the best version of you. Your work speaks for you, and you are motivated to make it speak well. The experience, the knowledge, and the insight you gain from production is yours to keep. If you’re doing something that makes another look good or something that makes their advancement possible, you still get the benefit. That’s the overflow effect. The reality is that you will/must succeed regardless.
- Work within your giftedness. No other person can do what you do. Your beauty, your purpose, and your love are unique to YOU. No one else can answer those questions for you.
- Be satisfied with your work. Work is satisfying, but more so if you understand that you are making a contribution to a larger outcome. Don’t pressure yourself to produce it all at once.
- Be thankful that you and your work is enough. No need to worry about followers or defend against critics. You make your contribution, and watch as the world is improved.
- Trust that your separation removes the distractions that limit your production. Your inner circle may tighten as you outgrow, outwork, or outshine the tolerance threshold of some friends. Those loses are less distractions. Grieve, but never stop producing.